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What are my options for coursework and field at CSSW in fall 2021?

All international students planning to be enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year must be physically located in the NYC/tri-state area to enroll and engage in coursework and field education.

If international students are not able to come to NYC/tri-state area for the Fall 2021 semester:

  • New incoming students should reach out to the Office of Admissions (cssw-admit@columbia.edu) to inquire about deferral options.
  • Continuing CSSW students should reach out to the Office of Advising (swadvising@columbia.edu) to inquire about taking a leave of absence.


International students (i.e., not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must enroll in in-person classes. Classes taking place fully online in Zoom or in Adobe Connect do not qualify as in-person classes. Per federal guidelines, international students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of one fully online course per semester.

Field Education

Field placements for international MS students will be in-person.