I learned more in the first semester at Columbia than in the three years of my undergraduate degree in Italy.

— Niccolò S.

Students

For Current Students

Year One - Columbia University

International and World History at Columbia University

Prior to arriving at Columbia, all dual degree students are required to read the program-specific Registration Guide on our wiki (see entering student handbook), which will explain in detail the majority of the administrative procedures you will encounter in your first weeks at Columbia. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the MA/MSc program’s Wikispace, where they willl find a comprehensive collection of the program’s various guidelines, forms, fliers, and survival tips. The Graduate History Association at Columbia University has also put together a guide to student life in Morningside Heights. The GHA Wikispace and GSAS guide for admitted students are other importat resources for new students at Columbia.

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

All general information regarding rules and regulations for programs in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) can be found in the GSAS Bulletin. This handbook serves as the official guideline for all administrative and academic affairs in GSAS.

GSAS also offers a number of other “survival guides” with useful information, including: Tips for New MA and PhD Students’ First Week at Columbia University (GSAS) and Graduate School Skills. Further information can be found in the GSAS archive of publications for incoming students.

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Visa and Immigration Information

Columbia University’s International Student and Scholar Office has compiled brochures and handbooks with information for incoming international students. Further information for international students in the first year of our program can be found on our international students page. 

Administrative resources at Columbia

For a list of important campus offices at Columbia and their contact information, please visit the CU Administration page. Services include but are not limited to admissions, housing, billing and payments, registration, and health care. 

Year Two - The London School of Economics

International and World History at the LSE

LSE has produced a LSE-CU Programme Handbook, which is the definitive guide for all administrative and academic issues in the second year at the London School of Economics.

Further resources can be found in the public folders of each student's LSE email account. Students are highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content of the International History public folder.

Moodle, LSE’s Virtual Learning Environment, is another important resource for students during their second year. Useful resources for research and writing can be found on the Moodle pages for the classes HY458 and HY499.

Information pertaining to the second year of the program can also be found on the MA/MSc program Wikispace.

Visit LSE International and World History website »

Visa and Immigration Information

Immigration and visa information for students in the second year of the dual MA/MSc program can be found on our international students page. 

Administrative resources at LSE

For a list of important campus offices at LSE and their contact information, please visit the LSE Administration page. Services include but are not limited to accomodation, financial support, the teaching and learning center, and the campus healthcare facility.

Graduation Ceremonies at LSE and Columbia

Students who have completed the requirements of the MA/MSc program participate in two graduation ceremonies at LSE in July: 1) a private reception for graduates of the MA/MSc program, and 2) a larger ceremony for graduates of LSE.

Students who also wish to participate in Columbia’s graduation may walk in the May commencement ceremony, although the official graduation ceremony for the program is at LSE. Final Columbia diplomas will be awarded at the LSE reception, after the student has completed all program requirements. Participation in the Columbia graduation ceremony is contingent on good academic standing and having submitted one’s dissertation.

Please note that Columbia’s commencement ceremony falls in the midst of the study period for final exams at LSE. Students who wish to walk at Columbia, should be prepared for a potential interruption in their studies and are responsible for covering related expenses (travel, etc.). A petition to participate should be available in the GSAS forms library in the spring.