Study Abroad

If students study abroad for one or two terms under a program approved by their school, pay tuition to Columbia for this program, and have guaranteed housing when they leave, they are still guaranteed housing when they return.

Students Registering for Room Selection while Abroad

Students who are on approved study abroad leave during the Spring Term and who are eligible for guaranteed housing must register for Room Selection for the following year. Failure to register for Room Selection and/or failing to select a room will result in a loss of guaranteed housing. 

Students can participate in Room Selection from abroad as an individual or as part of a group.

Students Who Plan to Study Abroad for Fall Term or the Upcoming Academic Year

Students who plan to be abroad for fall term or for the full academic year must still register for Housing to maintain their guaranteed housing status. During the registration process, students will have an option to state their intent to study abroad. They will not select a room during online selection.

If you are accepted to a study abroad program after you have already selected a room, you will need to cancel your housing for the fall term.

Students Returning from Abroad for the Spring Semester

While they are abroad in the fall, students must complete a Housing application to indicate their intent to live on campus for the spring term. Students will receive an email from Housing in late November to apply.

Students with guaranteed housing status will receive their spring assignment in early January. Assignments will be made based on seniority, the date the application is received, available housing, and the preferences indicated. 

Students who do not have guaranteed housing status will receive an assignment if space permits.