International Students

Columbia Nursing welcomes international students to apply to the Transgender Non-Binary Health Care CPA program. 

Visa Eligibility

The Trans NB Health Care CPA program is not a full-time degree granting program. Therefore, international students enrolled in the Trans NB Health Care CPA program are not eligible for a F-1 or J-1 student visa. If applicants are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident but do not need a F-1 or J-1 student visa because they have another visa status (i.e. employment or diplomatic), applicants will need to contact Columbia University's International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO), to confirm that their visa will allow them to enroll as a student.


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

English Composition Course

International applicants will be required to submit a transcript that informs the Admissions Committee that an English Composition course has been completed. A minimum grade of a B or better is required for successful completion. An English composition or writing-intensive course is focused on building a student’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively through writing. Writing-intensive courses incorporate composition and writing assignments during the duration of the course.​​​​​​

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 to obtain an evaluation.


During the application review process, applicants will be invited to an interview by the Trans NB Health Care CPA program.

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 School of 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.

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 to another school, and termination of study. Learn more at the International Students and Scholars Office-CUIMC website.