Summer English Courses for Columbia Admitted Students (ALP): Frequently Asked Questions
The ALP I-20 does not cover the master's program. The ALP I-20 and your degree I-20 in the fall have different CIP codes, program, and tuition information. You will receive I-20 transfer instructions a week before your ALP Summer course ends.
No, you don't need to get a new F-1 visa after completing the ALP in the Summer. Transferring your SEVIS record from one program to another does not require a new F-1 visa.
No, you should get an ALP I-20 only. Since the ALP precedes your degree program, you will need to take the ALP I-20 for your F-1 visa interview. The ALP I-20 will have remarks regarding your degree program in the Fall.
No, you don't need to leave the US. A week before the end of the ALP, we will email I-20 transfer instructions. Transfer students can remain in the US during school breaks.
No, the ALP does not charge the I-20 processing fee in Compass. However, when you transfer to the ISSO (Fall Columbia admitted students only) for your degree I-20, you must pay the processing fee unless you have already paid it.