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Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Applications are evaluated by the History and Literature Faculty Committee.

Application deadlines for September admission:

–January 31 (merit fellowship consideration deadline)
–April 15 (regular decision application deadline)

Access the application here.

All the application materials should be filed electronically. If you need to mail transcripts or scores, please mail them directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the following address:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
107 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4304
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

To have TOEFL/GRE scores sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, use institution code 2162.

Admission Requirements

  1. A CV along with official transcripts showing courses and grades from all post-secondary schools attended.
  2. A statement of purpose.
  3. A writing sample (can be an excerpt, 10-20pp.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Those who have not been enrolled in an academic program for some time may submit letters from supervisors or colleagues in positions of responsibility.
  5. TOEFL. Required for all international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English. IELTS scores are also acceptable to fill this requirement.
  6. GRE general exam.

Special Admission Requirements

BA in any field within the humanities or the social sciences. Two years of college French or proficiency at the equivalent level (ability to read primary and secondary sources in French and to take part in class discussions conducted in French). N.B.: Written work is normally done in English.

Tuition and Fees

Students can find the tuition and fee estimates for the current academic year at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Health Insurance

Students are enrolled in the French public health insurance system, which provides comprehensive coverage for a reasonable fee.


The Columbia University Programs in Paris have contracted the services of an experienced agent who works with individual students to locate accommodations that are suited to their needs.  Under current arrangements, the fee is 10% of the total rent for the calendar year.


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