The application deadline is September 15 of each year. Students will be notified of admission after October 1. An application is available only to students nominated by the designated coordinator from the following universities:
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Normal University
China Foreign Affairs University
Collegio Nuovo, Università di Pavia
Ewha Woman's University
Moscow State University
Shanghai International Studies University
Trinity College Dublin
University of Cape Town
University of Copenhagen in partnership with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad
University of Ghana
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Oslo
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
University of Trento
Yonsei University: Underwood International College
Requirements for admission
Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 (250 computer test; 100 internet-based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. TOEFL/IELTS scores must reach Barnard by September 15, prior to the semester of enrollment.
Should an applicant not meet these minimum requirements, her application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If a student not meeting the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores is ultimately accepted, she will be required to take the Columbia English Placement Test upon arrival at Barnard and to enroll in instruction in the American Language Program beyond the academic courses taken at Barnard and Columbia.
Students must also have sufficient academic preparation for the courses they wish to pursue at Barnard.
Students must have completed at least one year of higher education at their home institution.
Once they are nominated by their home schools, students should submit the online DS-2019 request form and include it in their application materials, outlined below.
A completed application includes the following documents, attached to this cover sheet:
- A Curriculum Vitae;
- An essay describing why you wish to spend the spring semester at Barnard College (500 words or less);
- A copy of the identification page of your passport;
- An official TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (for non-native English speakers only);
- An official university transcript;
- A high school transcript (optional);
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from university professors;
- A printed copy of your responses to the online DS-2019 request form;
- Page 2 (Part II & III) of the DS-2019 request form (see downloads at right); and
- Documentation of funding* with currency conversions (see downloads at right).
*Please check with your home university coordinator for the total amount of funds necessary to apply for your DS-2019.
Program dates for Spring 2016
Student arrival and housing check-in: Tuesday, January 12th
Student departure and housing check-out: Friday, May 13th
Costs for Spring 2016
For more information, please contact your home institution coordinator or email VISP@barnard.edu.
All VISP students are required to purchase medical insurance in accordance with Barnard policy and visa regulations. This comprehensive insurance will be billed automatically to each student; the cost for medical insurance for Spring 2016 is USD$1,542.00.
ROOM AND BOARD
All VISP students are required to live on-campus and select a meal plan.
Accommodation (two options):
1. Single occupancy room: $5,200
2. Multiple occupancy room: $4,480
Information about the residence halls is available at barnard.edu/reslife/housing-options.
Board (nine options):
1. Unlimited meal plan option: 19 meals per week* + 120 points = $3,075 per semester
(Note: The Unlmited Quad Upperclass Plan (required of all VISP students living on floors 2-8 of the Barnard Quad: Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls.)
2. Limited meal plan option: 150 Meals* + 430 points = $2,137 per semester
3. Limited meal plan option: 75 Meals* + 200 points = $929 per semester
4. Limited meal plan option: 60 Meals* + 300 points = $929 per semester
5. Limited meal plan option: 45 Meals* + 425 points = $929 per semester
6. Limited meal plan option: 30 Meals* + no points = $300 per semester
7. Limited meal plans options: 15 Meals* + 150 points = $300 per semester
8. Limited meal plans options: Points only (500 points) = $464 per semester
9. Limited meal plans options: Points only (300 points) = $300 per semester
* Kosher meal plan options are also available at a slightly higher cost.