New Applicants

Information for starting and completing your application

The admissions committee looks for highly motivated students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college who are interested in studying in Barcelona because they want to learn about the history, art, urban development, and language of the region.

Students who have attended one of our programs during a previous summer should follow the application procedures for past participants.

Application Deadline

Program size is limited to ensure student participation in discussions and field trips; students are encouraged to apply early. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted.

Priority Application Deadline
January 23

The $80 application fee is waived for students who apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

Early Action Application Deadline
March 1

Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Final Application Deadline

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2019 Barcelona program. We are still accepting applications for our 1-Week NYC commuter-only option, which begins on August 5th.

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Application Requirements

Though there are no set minimum requirements such as a particular GPA, the application materials should establish that the student has the necessary academic background and level of ability, motivation, and maturity necessary for the curricular option for which he or she is applying. Students must present evidence of the completion of any particular prerequisites identified in the individual program descriptions.

We do not accept applications submitted on the applicant's behalf by parents, guardians, or third parties; the application should be submitted directly by the student. Communications from our Office of Admissions will be sent primarily to the applicant. 

Personal Interviews

In certain cases, applicants may be required to interview with a member of the admissions committee to determine admission to the program.

International Students

International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply. While applicants are not required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, students' English proficiency should be equivalent to 90 or above on the Internet-Based TOEFL or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.

Students should be aware that participation in this program does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa.

Application Materials

Applications and supporting materials (application fees, the personal essay, unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and writing samples) can be submitted through the online application. Official transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes.

All materials submitted by mail should clearly bear the program name, applicant's name, applicant's date of birth and, if available, Columbia University ID number.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials have been received. Only complete applications are reviewed.

  • Completed Online Application form.

  • Nonrefundable application fee. For applications submitted online by January 23, no application fee is required. After Jan. 23, the application fee is $80. Applicants must include credit card information through the online application.

  • Transcript of applicant's secondary school academic record. We require grades for all secondary school work completed, including current coursework. We strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application as this will expedite the admissions process. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment.

    If you are unable to obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript, please request to have an official copy sent from your school to our office at the address listed at the bottom of this page.

    If the transcript does not include the most recently completed term, the applicant or school should also submit a copy of the most recent report card.

    Transcripts must be in English or come with an official translation. International students not graded according to the U.S. grading system should provide a grading key with the transcript.

  • Personal Essay submitted through the online application.

    Personal Essay instructions

    Program participants come from over 70 countries and 40 U.S. states, from as far away as China and the Middle East and as near as down the street here in Manhattan. In 600 words or less, tell us about where you're from--country, state, city, town, neighborhood, or even just your family--and how it has shaped you into who you are.

  • Behavioral Standards Consent Form. Behavioral standards are strictly enforced. Failure to abide by the Behavioral Standards Consent Form will result in dismissal from the program.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation. Recommendations must be submitted through the online application. During the application process you will add your recommender's information (name, title and email). Once you add and save their information an email is sent to your recommender with a link to our recommendation form. Applicants may submit their online applications in advance of the recommendations

    Letter #1

    Applicants must submit a letter written by a guidance counselor, principal, or headmaster commenting on the student's intellectual ability, level of maturity, and motivation for participating in the program.



    Letter #2

    Applicants must submit a letter written by an instructor who knows the student's level of maturity and ability to study both independently and in a group setting. The recommendation must come from a teacher who works at the school the applicant is currently attending.

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Send all supporting materials not submitted online to:

Mailing Address

Summer Global Immersion: Barcelona
Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Contact Information

Office hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Checking Application Status

The processing of application materials can take one to two weeks, and upon completion of your application file it will take approximately three to five weeks for a decision to be made. Please allow sufficient time after submitting your application before contacting the Office of Admissions about your application status. We encourage you, however, to check your application status online as often as you like.