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International student admissions

The College is excited that you are considering Columbia as your choice for continued education in the United States! Columbia College students come from all over the United States and more than 30 different countries and 6 different continents.

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

  1. Submit the application for admission to Columbia College with a $35 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee.
  2. Transcripts/Credentials
    • Provide original secondary school transcripts in the native language and an original English translation of these transcripts.
    • Provide original transcripts from all colleges/universities in the native language and an original English translation of these records.
    • Request all transcripts/credentials be sent to:
      ATTN: Office of the Registrar
      1001 Rogers Street
      Columbia, MO 65216
      United States
  3. Provide official, original bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year. This statement should be no more than one year old.  The bank statement may be provided by:
    • You, the student
    • A parent
    • A third party. If from a third party, they must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
  4. Provide proof of English proficiency.
  5. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  6. Students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the United States must also submit:
    • Original transcripts from each institution attended (including ESOL/EAP programs)
    • Copies of a valid passport, visa, I-94 card and I-20 from the last institution attended
    • A completed Transfer Eligibility Form

When all application documents have been received, students are notified in writing of the admission decision. Students who are admitted and eligible for a SEVIS I-20 form will receive it in the acceptance packet.

English proficiency

To be considered for full admission, you must provide official scores from an English proficiency or standardized admission test. Appropriate scores from the following exams are considered proof of proficiency in English:

Test Institution code Requirements
TOEFL 6095
  • 500, paper-based test with no subset score below 50
  • 61, internet-based test with no subset score below 15
IELTS   Overall band score of 5.5 with no individual band scores below 5
SAT 6095 Minimum critical reading subscore of 430
ACT 002456 Minimum English subscore of 17
Submitted results cannot be older than two years prior to the desired enrollment date.

Columbia College will also consider the following evidence of English language proficiency:

  • A grade of C or higher from an English composition course completed at a U.S. institution and deemed equivalent to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course
  • Successful completion of a U.S.-based English as a Second or Other Language Program (ESOL) or Intensive English Program (IEP) and a letter of recommendation from the institution for full academic admission. This requirement is accepted at the discretion of the Admissions Office.

Applicants from the following countries are required to submit ACT/SAT scores in lieu of English proficiency:

Australia, Canada (English speaking provinces), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Columbia College does not offer beginning-level EAP.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Each graduate program has multiple admission categories which require varying application materials. All documents and fees must be received before Columbia college will issue an I-20 Form. To be considered for full admission to any graduate program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate degree from a recognized regionally accredited US institution or international equivalent.
  2. Official transcript from your degree-granting institution
  3. Official transcripts for all prerequisite coursework completed (click for pre-requisites for MBAMAMS and MSCJ)
  4. Unofficial transcripts for every institution attended (unless official is submitted*)
  5. English Proficiency
    Test Type Institutional Code Graduate Program minimum requirement
    TOEFL-iBT** (internet-based) 6095 Score of 80 or above; subset scores must meet or exceed 20 in each area.
    TOEFL-pBT** (paper-based) 6095 Score of 550 or above; subset scores must meet or exceed 55 in each area.
    IELTS - Overall band score of 6.5 or above, with no individual band score below 6.
    **Submitted results cannot be older than two years prior to the desired enrollment date.
  6. Three strong letters of recommendation
  7. Personal goal statement of 300-500 words in essay format discussing your motivations and future goals
  8. Resume
*Official transcripts must be submitted for every international institution attended or from any institution where graduate transfer credit will be requested.

General admission requirements include an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Recommendations, resume and a personal goal statement also are substantive components in the admissions criteria.

Students not meeting graduate program admission standards may be considered for conditional admission.

 

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Admissions

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Admissions 

The EAP program requires that you have an existing level of English proficiency. To be admitted, you must have achieved the following minimum scores:  

  • TOEFL Internet-based score of 48 with no subset score below 10
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 460 with no subset score below 46
  • IELTS score of 4.5 with no individual band score below 4.0
  • SAT critical reading sub-score of 380
  • ACT English sub-score of 15, overall score of 21
 
You must also meet the general requirements for admission to Columbia College.  

Exchange Students

Exchange Student Admissions

  1. Contact the study abroad center or advisor at your home institution
  2. Complete the study abroad application
  3. Provide a copy of your passport
  4. Provide a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS test score*
  5. Provide a copy of your home university transcript
  6. Provide a copy of an official bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic semester**

*Students studying at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and Canterbury Christ Church University in England are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

**Students planning to study at Columbia College for one academic year must show available funds on the bank statement to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year.

When all application documents have been received and processed, students and the home institution will be notified in writing of the admission decision. Students will receive a SEVIS I-20 form by mail with their acceptance packet.

Send all application documents to:

Columbia College
International Admissions Office
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, Mo 65216 USA

Contact International Admissions

Kathy TrabueMs. Kathy Trabue
International Admissions Manager/Counselor
1001 Rogers St
Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: 1-573-875-7736
Fax: 1-573-875-7456
Email: ktrabue@ccis.edu