Study Abroad at Columbia University

United States Northeast New York City

At Columbia, you’ll study in the classrooms where world-famous Nobel Prize-winning alumni learnt. The bustling campus in Morningside Heights is part of the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, bordered by Riverside Park and Central Park. As an SAF Scholar you’re welcome to join one (or more) of 500+ student clubs. Off campus, from Wall Street to the United Nations, Broadway to Lincoln Center, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the nation’s foremost center of business and theater.

Academic strength: Business, Economics & Finance, Education Pedagogy, Engineering, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies, Psychology
Rankings: Times Top 10
Languages requirement: English
GPA requirement: Strong GPA

About the University

Columbia University

As the oldest undergraduate college in the oldest institute of higher learning in the state of New York, Columbia College at Columbia University has a long history of fostering academic excellence. Since its foundation in 1754 has educated Founding Fathers and modern presidents, poets, musicians, and politicians. Among its notable alumni and faculty are 82 Nobel Prize winners, each one a champion of knowledge.


The abundant diversity of New York is an exquisite setting for being open to new experiences and enviable opportunities the Big Apple has to offer. From Wall Street to the headquarters of the United Nations, from Broadway to the Village, the city is alive with adventures and memories waiting to happen.

Learn more at Columbia University's official website.

SAF's Student Promise

Unparalleled Access

We know your destination and host university inside and out

Total Support

We manage your housing, insurance, application - the entire adventure

24/7 Health & Safety Coverage

Our experts are available around-the-clock for support when you need it

In It For You

As a registered US not-for-profit, it's our mission that drives us

We've Seen It All

For over 70 years we have curated world-class study abroad experiences

Official Associations

Over 300 of the world's best universities trust our study abroad expertise

Keishi Suzuki
“In the first half of my program, the university organized photography near the Brooklyn bridge and a night cruise - both big events! My photography will look great on Instagram. The night view is beautiful, so I highly recommend it. Night cruising was great! Everyone was dancing and getting to know each other - it really was fun and the best memory!”
Keishi Suzuki, Past SAF Student

Life & Learning at Columbia

"People here are dream-catchers"

Originally from Shanghai, China, Kally chased her own dreams to learn English at Columbia University. Hear Kally's story in her own words.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

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