Steps to Enroll

Welcome, and congratulations!

Applicants who are admitted to the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University will be sent an official acceptance packet. This packet contains important, time-sensitive information about housing, student visas, and the steps necessary to begin enrollment in the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program. By confirming their intent to enroll in the incoming class, admitted students will be sent additional information after this date to help them prepare for their transition to the Joint Degree Program in the fall.

Step 1: Acceptance Reply Form

In order to secure a place in the entering class, you must send in the Acceptance Reply Form for the fall and a $500 deposit in the form of a U.S. check or money order made payable to Columbia University. To complete the form and submit your tuition deposit online, please log in to your application profile.

Step 2: Register for the Academic Planning Session

The Academic Planning Session (APS) is a mandatory small-group session led by an academic advisor that provides new students with an overview of academic requirements and an introduction to GS policies. Once you attend an APS, you will be able to meet with your advisor who will register you for classes. The APS will take place in early April, and admitted students will be sent an invitation to register via email.

Step 3: General Studies Scholarship Application

To receive institutional aid you must submit the School of General Studies Application for Scholarship and the International Student Financial Aid Assessment form. The scholarship application must be completed by admitted students in early March, with financial aid packages being released shortly thereafter.

Step 4: Housing Application

As a student in the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program, you are guaranteed housing. If interested, you are advised to complete the online housing application as soon as possible (login information is in your acceptance packet).

Step 5: Visa Certificate

Upon admission, international students must complete the Certificate of Eligibility application. 

Read more about the visa process.

Step 6: Complete Immunization Compliance

New York State Law requires that all students document their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. To do so, you must submit the Columbia University Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Form to the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office.

Read more about immunization requirements.

Additional Step

Once you've completed the previous steps, you're ready to activate your UNI (note: your UNI will not be created until we receive your tuition deposit and you are registered for courses; you may check the Columbia directory to see if your UNI has been created).

If you are unable to locate your UNI in the directory, please follow the instructions for "Can't find your UNI in the Columbia University Online Directory?".