Instructions for Students from Other Universities Studying at Columbia University
Confirm that the course you intend to register for is offered by an Arts and Sciences program. A list of eligible programs can be found here. Upon confirmation that the course is offered by an Arts and Sciences program, check Columbia’s Directory of Classes for any further eligibility requirements. Home school IUDC coordinators will inform their students of this policy, and the Columbia IUDC coordinator will confirm that students are registering for appropriate courses before approving their applications.
Note: If the course you wish to take is not offered by an Arts and Sciences program, you are not eligible to register for the class despite having received instructor approval.
Complete Columbia’s two-step application process by the registration deadline.
- First, fill out the paper IUDC Registration Form and obtain the signatures of your home-school advisor, IUDC coordinator, and the instructor of the course you wish to take. The paper form establishes that the required approval of your home school representatives and the course instructor have been suitably obtained. If the course’s instructor grants permission to take the course via email, a PDF copy of the email is acceptable in place of a formal signature.
- Second, submit Columbia’s online IUDC application and upload a PDF copy of the signed paper IUDC form as well as a PDF copy of the instructor’s approval email, if applicable. The online application is required to create a Columbia student record and asks for information similar to that found on the paper form.
NOTE: The paper IUDC form must be submitted through the online application rather than to the IUDC coordinator via email.
Please allow four business days for processing. You will receive an email (sent to the address provided in the online application) notifying you of the status of your online application once it has been processed. If your application is approved, the email will outline the next steps to 1) activate your UNI and Columbia email address, and 2) obtain an ID card. Your application will not be approved if the course you wish to take is not offered by an Arts and Sciences program.
Set up your Columbia UNI (University Network ID) and email account by following the instructions found on the CUIT website. If you already have a UNI and Columbia email address, you may skip this step.
View your registration for the approved courses listed on your online application. After activating your UNI, you will be able to view your registration through Student Services Online (SSOL).
Log in to CourseWorks, if applicable, which contains information pertaining to your course. Be advised that not all professors utilize CourseWorks.
Obtain a Columbia ID card, which confers access to the Columbia library system and other services, and allows you access to campus in times of emergency.
Once you have been registered for your course(s), you must submit a photo online to be used on your Columbia ID card. You will be able to pick up your ID card from the ID Center, which is located just outside the Registrar’s Office in 204 Kent Hall. Please note that it can take three to four business days to generate your ID card after you have submitted your photo.
If you have a Columbia ID card already, you should obtain a semester sticker for that card. Stickers are available at the ID Center.
Follow relevant Columbia policies and deadlines (e.g., for dropping a course or submitting required course materials after the semester has ended to remove an Incomplete).
NOTE: If you decide to drop your course(s), you must email the Columbia IUDC coordinator by the drop deadline.
The Columbia IUDC coordinator will inform your home school of your grade(s) after the end of the semester. Grades are sent in February for the fall semester and June for the spring semester. If your grade is incorrectly listed or blank at your home school, log in to Student Services Online (SSOL) using your UNI and password to request an updated copy of your transcript be sent to your home school IUDC coordinator. You should retain the original registration form until a grade appears on your transcript.