International Admissions

Admission Requirements

Whether you're considering our main campus in Columbia, Missouri, or prefer one of our selected nationwide locations, we have same set of admission standards for domestic and international students to ensure a smooth application process.

The only additional requirement for international applicant is the proof of English Proficiency.


Admissions Process & Forms

  1. Submit the application for admission 
  2. Authenticate your identity. 
  3. Submit all transcripts/credentials/national exams in native language and official English translation of these records to 
  4. Submit immigration documentation to receive your Form I-20 
  5. Demonstrate English Proficiency 

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

In addition to your online application for admission, Columbia College needs certain documentation to comply with U.S. regulations.

Transfer Authorization Form

The Transfer Authorization Form should be completed and mailed by students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the U.S. Please check myPortal for a list of International Student Services Forms.

SEVIS supplement

A Student and Exchange Visitor Information System supplement must be completed.

SEVIS is a system that provides the U.S. government, educational institutions and exchange programs an automated means to share timely information about foreign students, exchange visitors and their dependents. All college and universities are required to comply with SEVIS regulations. Applications for admission cannot be processed until a completed SEVIS supplemental form is received.

Affidavit of Support

The Affidavit of Support must be completed by your financial sponsor if you will not be funding your studies with personal funds. 

Additional Resources

Our seasoned, dedicated staffs are here to help you navigate the unique journey of being an international student stress-free.

You Are Welcome Here

Columbia College celebrates the unique voices and perspectives our international students bring to campus. In today's diverse and interconnected world, we are proud to facilitate programs, connections, and experiences that promote global awareness and appreciation.

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Hear From Our Global Community

Columbia College has opened a world of opportunities. As an international student from Ecuador, I have learned so much about different cultures, as well as being able to proudly share mine. Ever since I got here, I have been looking for leadership opportunities since I love to be involved on campus. I was a resident assistant for a year, I was involved in the student government, and I am a part of four student organizations.

Genoveva Gomez-Lince

because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.