Introduction to Architecture is a 5 week, 3 pt intensive course (non-degree, not for credit towards a degree, and not eligible for full-time student status). As such, Columbia GSAPP does not offer any scholarships or financial assistance for this program. There are two studio options; afternoon (2–5pm) or evening (6–9pm, for those unavailable due to work commitments during the day).
Persons who wish to use the facilities of the University to pursue their own research may be named visiting scholars.
In order to be eligible for visiting scholar status, applicants must be currently affiliated with an accredited academic institution.
“Visiting scholar” is a courtesy title and does not signify a formal association with the University. Individuals named to these titles may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants and contracts and should not represent themselves in their publication and correspondence as having a University affiliation.
Visiting Scholars are not eligible to take courses at GSAPP for credit.
We only accept a limited number of Visiting Scholars and are unable to provide an invitation letter until an applicant has submitted an online application and has been approved by the Provost’s office.
Individuals may be eligible to take courses in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. These students must be admitted by the Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions as Special Students (non-degree candidates).
Studios and visual studies courses are not open to Special Students. Courses in the Real Estate Development program are closed as well. Lecture classes are open to Special Students with the permission of the Associate Dean of Admissions and the faculty teaching the course.
Special Students receive library and computer access for the semester(s) in which they are enrolled. They receive a transcript from Columbia University with the course name and grade(s). Special Students pay the current per-point rate for degree programs for the course.
If a Special Student wishes to apply for matriculation in any of the graduate degree programs at a later date, the student must submit an application for that program by the deadline. The Admissions Committee does not treat the applicant preferentially.
In some cases, students who take courses as Special Students and are admitted to a degree program may be awarded advanced standing. Those who wish to apply for degree candidacy are therefore urged to do so at the earliest possible time.