Apply to VISP

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


Interested students from these colleges and universities should contact their study abroad office for more information. The application deadline is March 15 for the full academic year and September 15 for the spring semester only. Students will be notified of admission after May 1 (full academic year) and October 15 (spring semester only).

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.

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 their application materials, outlined below.

A completed application includes the following documents:

  • VISP Application 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;

Once students are notified of admission, they will receive information on how to request a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa. Students will submit:

  • 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 2019

Student arrival and housing check-in: January 15th
Student departure and housing check-out: May 17th

Costs for Spring 2019


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. You will receive information on insurance as part of your Acceptance Packet.


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  meal plan options.

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