PhD International Students

Columbia University School of Nursing welcomes international students to apply to the PhD program.


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

Beginning in Fall 2021, Columbia Nursing will fund international PhD students. Funding includes tuition and fees, Student Health Services health insurance, and a stipend. International applicants are encouraged to visit the Columbia University International Students & Scholars Office for information about housing, Visas, and other topics.


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 On-Campus Housing website.

Additional Resources

CUIMC's International Students and Scholars Office-CUIMC (ISSO-CUIMC) 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 University to another school, and termination of study. Learn more on the CUIMC International Students and Scholars Office website.