Summer 2019 Costs for Columbia Summer in Beijing: Business Chinese

COST BILLED TO COLUMBIA ACCOUNTColumbia StudentsNon-Columbia Students
Tuition$9,600$9,600
Document (transcript) Fee$0$105
Housing$1,400$1,400
Total billed to Columbia Account:$11,000

$11,105

Tuition and fees are subject to approval by The Trustees of Columbia University and may change.

Tuition: The program invoice will be sent via e-bill May 30th and will be due June 15th. It covers tuition, housing, course excursions, group dinners, orientation and cultural activities. It does not cover meals, airfare, visa fees, medical insurance, personal travel and personal expenses.

Housing: All students are required to live in program-arranged housing. Housing is included in the tuition that will be charged to all students on their Columbia e-bill.

Document (transcript) Fee: This one-time fee is charged to new students. This fee will be included on your e-bill. Barnard students might be charged this fee if they haven’t taken a course at Columbia.


ESTIMATED OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES are not billed by Columbia. The estimated figures in this section provide a basis for students to determine their individual budgets for expenses related to their time overseas.These expenses are NOT paid to the program. The below estimates are an average of what students say they actually spend and have been estimated for a 2-month period at an exchange rate of 1 USD = 6.45 CNY.

OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT BILLED TO COLUMBIA ACCOUNT
Meals$700
Local Transportation$45
Visa Expenses$140
Books and Course Materials$0
Cellphone$45
Airfare$1,500
Personal Expenses$700
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses subtotal:$3,130

Meals: The cost for meals and food will vary widely depending on individual spending habits. Costs can be kept down by preparing their own meals and only eating out occasionally.

Local Transportation: Students may use public transportation to commute off campus or purchase/rent a bicycle to travel around campus.

Visa: All students are responsible for applying for their own visa once they receive their JW202 form from the Office of Global Programs. Please check the website for the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at which you will apply for your visa for visa requirements, updated application information and to download an application form.

Books and course supplies: Textbooks are provided after students complete their language placement exam in Beijing.

Cellphone: All students are required to have a working cell phone capable of making and receiving both local and international calls throughout the duration of the program.

Airfare: Estimated cost of round-trip airfare from NYC to Beijing. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements from their preferred departure city to the program.

Personal Expenses: Personal expenses are highly variable based on each person's spending habits. They may include entertainment and personal travel.


It is required that you maintain a health insurance policy that will also provide coverage outside the U.S. for routine, urgent and emergent care. This cost is not included in the chart above.