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Ms. 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

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 (Main Campus - Columbia, Missouri)

Our admission standards are moderately selective. The primary factors considered in the admissions process are overall high school or secondary school performance (grades) and performance on standardized tests.

Admissions Standards for the Traditional Day Campus in Columbia, Missouri:

  • A 2.5 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale); and
  • Demonstrated proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT test scores.

Application process

  1. Submit the application for admission to Columbia College with a $35 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit all transcripts/credentials/national exams.

    • Provide original secondary school transcripts, credentials, and exams in the native language and an official English translation of these transcripts.
    • Provide original transcripts from all colleges/universities in the native language and an official English translation of these records.
    • Unofficial documents may be accepted for admission and can be emailed to international@ccis.edu.
    • Final, official transcripts/credentials can be sent to:

      Columbia College
      ATTN: Document Imaging Center
      1001 Rogers Street
      Columbia, MO 65216
      USA

      Or by email to: EvalTrans@ccis.edu
  3. Demonstrate proof of English Proficiency.

Receiving a Form I-20

International applicants must first be admitted to the undergraduate program and have provided the following documentation to their admission counselor in order to receive their form I-20:

  1. An official, original bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year. 

    • The bank statement may be provided by: the student, a parent, family member, friend, or other third party sponsor.
    • All bank statements not issued in the student's name must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
    • Bank statements should be no more than one year old.
    • Statements must be issued in English, or officially translated into English. Translated bank statements must be accompanied by the original statement issued in the native language.
  2. Copy of a valid passport.
  3. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  4. Students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the United States with an active student SEVIS record must also submit:

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

For questions or more information about the undergraduate admission process, please email international@ccis.edu.

Undergraduate Admissions (Nationwide)

Besides our traditional day campus in Columbia, Missouri, international students requiring an F-1 student visa are also able to apply to one of our campuses in the following locations:

Please keep in mind that academic programs vary at each campus. Degree offerings at all locations can be found online here.

Application process

  1. Submit the application for admission to Columbia College with a $35 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee.
  2. Authenticate your identity.
  3. Request that all official secondary school or university transcripts/credentials/national exams* be sent directly to:

    Columbia College
    ATTN: Document Imaging Center
    1001 Rogers St.
    Columbia, MO 65216
    USA

    Or by email to: EvalTrans@ccis.edu
  4. Submit official translations for any transcript not issued in the English language to the above address. For more information on international transcript review and translation company recommendations, please visit the Office of the Registrar's International Transfer webpage.
  5. Demonstrate proof of English Proficiency.

*Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for admission purposes. However, official transcripts will be required within 90 days.

 Receiving a Form I-20

  1. An official, original bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year.  

    • The bank statement may be provided by: the student, a parent, family member, friend, or other third party sponsor.
    • All bank statements not issued in the student's name must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
    • Bank statements should be no more than one year old.
    • Statements must be issued in English, or officially translated into English. Translated bank statements must be accompanied by the original statement issued in the native language.
  2. Copy of a valid passport.
  3. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  4. Students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the United States with an active student SEVIS record must also submit:

For questions or more information about the nationwide international admission process, please contact the appropriate campus admission representative: Denver, Salt Lake City, Elgin, Online.

Graduate Admissions

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.

Application process

To be considered for full admission to any graduate program, applicants must complete the Columbia College application for graduate admission and pay the $55 application fee. As part of this process you will do the following:

  1. Upload a current resume.
  2. Upload a personal goal statement of 300-500 words in essay format describing your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, including future goals.
  3. Provide names and email addresses of three recommenders. We will send them electronic recommendation forms to complete and return to us.

Submitting additional required documentation

After completing the graduate application, students must also do the following in order to be reviewed for admission:

  1. Request that an official transcript from each undergraduate college or university attended be sent directly to:

    Columbia College
    ATTN: Document Imaging Center
    1001 Rogers St.
    Columbia, MO 65216
    USA

    Or by email to: EvalTrans@ccis.edu
  2. Submit official translations for any transcript not issued in the English language to the above address. For more information on international transcript review and translation company recommendations, please visit the Office of the Registrar's International Transfer webpage.
  3. Demonstrate English proficiency by submitting one of the following official exams:
  4. Test type: TOEFL-iBT** (internet-based)
    Institution code: 6095
    Graduate program minimum requirement: Score of 80 or above; subset scores must meet or exceed 20 in each area.

    Test type: TOEFL-pBT** (paper-based)
    Institution code: 6095
    Graduate program minimum requirement: Score of 550 or above; subset scores must meet or exceed 55 in each area.

    Test type: IELTS**
    Institution code: --
    Graduate program minimum requirement: 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.

Receiving a Form I-20

International applicants must first be admitted to the graduate program and have provided the following documentation to their admission counselor in order to receive their form I-20:

  1. An official, original bank statement that demonstrates the ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year.

    • The bank statement may be provided by: the student, a parent, family member, friend, or other third party sponsor.
    • All bank statements not issued in the student's name must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
    • Bank statements should be no more than one year old.
    • Statements must be issued in English, or officially translated into English. If translated, bank statements must be accompanied by the original statement issued in the native language.
  2. Copy of a valid passport.
  3. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  4. Students currently in the U.S. with an active student SEVIS record, must also submit:

For more information about the graduate admission process, please email international@ccis.edu.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Admissions

Columbia College offers an intensive English program called English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This program is only offered at our Day Campus in Columbia, Missouri. As we currently offer a high intermediate and advanced level, we do require that students have an existing level of English proficiency.

Admissions Standards for the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program in Columbia, Missouri:

  • A 2.5 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale); and
  • Demonstrated proof of basic English proficiency via a TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT test score.

Application process

  1. Submit the Columbia College application with a $35 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee. When completing the application make sure to choose the following:

    • Academic level: "Undergraduate (Associate/Bachelor's)"
    • Location: "MO - Columbia (Day)"
    • Enrollment plans: "English for Academic Purposes (EAP)"
  2. Submit all transcripts/credentials/national exams.

    • Provide original secondary school transcripts, credentials, and exams in the native language and an official English translation of these transcripts.
    • Provide original transcripts from all colleges/universities in the native language and an official English translation of these records.
    • Unofficial documents may be accepted for admission and can be emailed to international@ccis.edu.
    • Final, official transcripts/credentials can be sent to: 

      Columbia College
      ATTN: Document Imaging Center
      1001 Rogers Street
      Columbia, MO 65216
      USA

      Or by email to: EvalTrans@ccis.edu
  3. Demonstrate proof of basic English proficiency, by achieving one of the following minimum scores: 

    • TOEFL ibt score of 54, with no subset score below 10
    • TOEFL pbt score of 480, with no subset score below 46
    • IELTS score of 5, with no band score below 4.0
    • SAT critical reading sub-score of 380
    • ACT English sub-score of 15
    Columbia College will also consider the following evidence of English language proficiency for EAP Program applicants:

    • Successful completion of Level 5 from The Language Company (TLC).

Receiving a Form I-20

International applicants must first be admitted to the EAP program and have provided the following documentation to their admission counselor in order to receive their form I-20:

  1.  An official, original bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year.  

    • The bank statement may be provided by: the student, a parent, family member, friend, or other third party sponsor.
    • All bank statements not issued in the student's name must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
    • Bank statements should be no more than one year old.
    • Statements must be issued in English, or officially translated into English. Translated bank statements must be accompanied by the original statement issued in the native language.
  2. Copy of a valid passport.
  3. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  4. Students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the United States with an active student SEVIS record must also submit:

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

For questions or more information about the undergraduate admission process, please email international@ccis.edu.

Exchange Students

Columbia College has agreements with a number of international universities for students wishing to spend a semester or one year abroad at our home institution in Columbia, Missouri. Before applying to join Columbia College as an exchange student, make sure to contact the study abroad center or advisor at your home institution to ensure that you meet all exchange program requirements.

Application process

  1. Submit the Columbia College application. As an exchange student, please select the following when completing your application:

    • Academic level: "Undergraduate (Associate/Bachelor's)"
    • Student type: "Exchange Student"
    • Location: "MO - Columbia (Day)"
  2. Have your study abroad coordinator or advisor send a copy of your home university transcript.
  3. Provide a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS test score.*

 *Students studying at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and Canterbury Christ Church University in England are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. For questions about our English proficiency requirements, please visit our English proficiency webpage.

 Receiving a Form I-20

As part of the visa process, exchange students will need to provide the following documentation to Columbia College before being able to receive their form I-20:

  1. Copy of a valid passport.
  2. Submit the Columbia College SEVIS Supplement.
  3. An official, original bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic semester**.  

    • The bank statement may be provided by: the student, a parent, family member, friend, or other third party sponsor.
    • All bank statements not issued in the student's name must be accompanied by an affidavit of support from the sponsor stating his/her intention to accept financial responsibility for the applicant.
    • Bank statements should be no more than one year old.
    • Statements must be issued in English, or officially translated into English. Translated bank statements must be accompanied by the original statement issued in the native language.

**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

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