Apply to VISP

The Visiting International Student Program is open only to students who are nominated by our partner institutions:

Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Normal University
China Foreign Affairs University
Collegio Nuovo, Università di Pavia
Ewha Woman's University
Moscow State University
Shanghai International Studies University
Trinity College Dublin
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
University of Copenhagen in partnership with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Oslo
University of Trento
Yonsei University: Underwood International College

Interested students from these colleges and universities should contact their study abroad office for more information. The application deadline is September 15 of each year. Students will be notified of admission after October 1.

Requirements for admission

Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 (250 computer test; 100 internet-based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. TOEFL/IELTS scores must reach Barnard by September 15, prior to the semester of enrollment.

Should an applicant not meet these minimum requirements, her application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If a student not meeting the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores is ultimately accepted, she will be required to take the Columbia English Placement Test upon arrival at Barnard and to enroll in instruction in the American Language Program beyond the academic courses taken at Barnard and Columbia.

Students must also have sufficient academic preparation for the courses they wish to pursue at Barnard.

Students must have completed at least one year of higher education at their home institution.


Once they are nominated by their home schools, students should submit the online DS-2019 request form and include it in their application materials, outlined below.

A completed application includes the following documents:

  • Cover Sheet
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • An essay describing why you wish to spend the spring semester at Barnard College (500 words or less);
  • A copy of the identification page of your passport;
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (for non-native English speakers only);
  • An official university transcript;
  • A high school transcript (optional);
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from university professors;
  • The DS-2019 Request Form (see link on the right)
  • Documentation of funding* .
*Please check with your home university coordinator for the total amount of funds necessary to apply for your DS-2019.

Program dates for Spring 2016

Student arrival and housing check-in: Tuesday, January 12th
Student departure and housing check-out: Friday, May 13th

Costs for Spring 2016


For more information, please contact your home institution coordinator or email


All VISP students are required to purchase medical insurance in accordance with Barnard policy and visa regulations. This comprehensive insurance will be billed automatically to each student; the cost for medical insurance for Spring 2016 is USD$1,542.00.


All VISP students are required to live on-campus and select a meal plan.


Please visit Barnard's Residential Life & Housing website to see the current housing options and rates.  

Questions about room selection and living in the residence halls should be directed to the Residential Life and Housing Office via phone 212-854-65561, email:, or Skype: BarnardResLife.


Please visit the Bursar's website to see the 2016 meal plan options.

Submit meal plan contracts and direct all meal plan questions to the Bursar's Office at