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Howard-Columbia Exchange Program

Columbia University in the City of New York, welcomes applications to the Howard University-Columbia College Exchange Program. This program provides Howard University undergraduate students with the opportunity to study at Columbia College for 1 to 2 semesters. The program is designed to broaden their college experience and is intended as a supplement to the undergraduate program at Howard University.


Successful candidates will have completed one full year of college credit by the time of enrollment with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Students must also be in good standing with Howard University and should be recommended by the Howard University Exchange Program Coordinator.

Application Process

Applications for the Howard-Columbia Exchange Program are accepted for both fall (September) and spring (January) semesters. Students may enroll for a maximum of two semesters, either consecutive fall/spring semesters or spring and then the following fall semester. Desired length of enrollment should be indicated at the time of application. Students should submit application materials to the Howard University Exchange Program Coordinator by the appropriate deadline.

Application Deadlines

  • For enrollment beginning in the fall semester, the application deadline is March 15. Students will be notified of  final decision by mid-June.           
  • For enrollment beginning in the spring semester, the application deadline is November 1. Students will be notified of final decision by mid-December.        

Program Costs

While exchange students continue to pay the Howard University tuition rate directly to Howard University as scheduled, housing costs and other mandatory university fees, should be paid directly to Columbia University. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid from Columbia University is not available for exchange students. Students receiving financial aid from Howard University should discuss financing options with the Howard Financial Aid Office.


Exchange Students are guaranteed housing and are expected to live in campus housing.  Visit the Undergraduate Housing website for more details on available housing accommodations. While we cannot guarantee placement in a specific residence hall, students will have the opportunity to indicate their housing preferences on the housing application. The housing application will be available on line approximately 1 month prior to the beginning of each semester.

Course Selection and Registration

Exchange Students must maintain full-time student status by registering for a minimum of 12 points per semester and cannot exceed 22 points per semester.

With the exception of Columbia College Core Courses, Exchange Students are eligible to enroll in most courses for undergraduate students.   As you browse the CU directory of classes, make sure that the course is open to “Columbia College” (This notation will be provided at the bottom of the pop-up window that displays course details). However, since course enrollment is on a space available basis and some courses (open to Columbia College) have restrictions, we cannot guarantee the availability of any class. Therefore, if you require a very specific course in order to meet your graduation requirements,  you should have a back-up plan in the case that you cannot enroll in that course.

Online registration will be available to exchange students approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. More details regarding on line registration will be provided upon admission.

Campus Resources

Exchange Students may take advantage of most of the programs and activities available to Columbia College students. They will be assigned to an advising dean within the Center for Student Advising who will assist with course selection and connect them with campus resources. In addition, they may take advantage of advising through the Center for Career Education (such as career fairs, workshops and panels and networking nights) with the exceptions of on-campus recruiting, the national and international internship programs and individual counseling. Exchange students can participate in any extra-curricular organization with the exception of our Division I athletic teams.

Program Contact

Dawn Hemphill
Advising Dean/Howard-Spelman Exchange Coordinator
Center for Student Advising
403 Lerner Hall

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.