PhD International Students

Columbia University School of Nursing welcomes international students to apply to the PhD program. However, international students must have financial resources to cover tuition and living expenses. 


International students need to prepare some additional admissions materials along with the rest of their applications:

  • TOEFL: Required if you have not graduated from a college or university in which all instruction is conducted in English. Please send scores to school code 9828. Your official score report must be received by the application deadline.
  • Transcript Evaluation: International transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Evaluations should include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date, and a cumulative grade point average. Please be sure to upload all evaluations to your online application. The transcript evaluation must be received by the application deadline, as original transcripts from your international university cannot be used in place of the transcript evaluation.
  • Nursing Credential Evaluation: If you have a nursing credential from outside the United States, you will need to have your credentials evaluated. Please visit CGFNS International, Inc. to obtain an evaluation.

Financial Aid

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply for federal loans to cover their program's cost of attendance. Additionally, at this time the Columbia Nursing scholarships are only for students that are also eligible for federal aid (i.e. U.S. citizens and permanent residents). International students can use personal and family resources, private lenders, or external grants/scholarships to fund their education. Suggested private lenders information is available on the Columbia Student Financial Services website.


Student housing is not guaranteed to any Columbia Nursing student and is lottery-based. However, first priority is given to international students. International students interested in on-campus housing should complete a housing application by the deadlines posted on the Housing website.

Additional Resources

CUMC's International Students and Scholars Office-CUMC (ISSO-CUMC) provides advice and counseling to international students on housing, financial issues, visas, extensions of stay, work permission, temporary departure from the United States, transfer from Columbia to another school, and termination of study. Learn more at the International Students and Scholars Office-CUMC website.