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Spelman Exchange

Barnard College is pleased to offer students the opportunity to participate in a domestic exchange program with prominent historically black colleges and universities, Howard University and Spelman College.  The program offers students the opportunity to undergo a semester or year-long course of study.  This exchange has aided in forming an alliance between these institutions as a means of providing students with a truly enriching and intellectually stimulating experience.


  • Student must currently be enrolled in Columbia College, SEAS, or Barnard College.
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.     
  • Student must have at least sophomore (SEAS students only) or junior class standing (Columbia College and Barnard Students).
  • Student must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Students must meet with Home Institution Program Coordinator to pick up application.
  • Completed applications should be submitted to the student’s home institution by the appropriate deadline.
    • Howard University: Applications are due by March 24th for Fall Semester.
    • Spelman College: Applications are due by March 24th for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a joint Columbia University-Barnard College Committee.
  • Approved applications will be forwarded to Howard/Spelman for final decision.

For more information students should contact: Dean Tollinchi-Michel at 212-854-2024 or mtollinc@barnard.edu.