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The Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford

An intensive, four-week introduction to all aspects of book publishing

An institution in American publishing since 1947, the Columbia Publishing Course is known for launching the careers of thousands of publishing professionals, including many top editors and executives. In 2016, the Publishing Course in New York proudly announced the creation of a four‐week sister program in the United Kingdom, housed at Exeter College, Oxford, which has already launched many careers both in New York and London. Due to the novel coronavirus, the Columbia Publishing Course held its first-ever virtual course in 2020. Read more about it below.


These past weeks have been nothing shy of astonishing. I had heard of the merits of the Columbia Publishing Course, but I don’t think I could have imagined how life changing it would be, how much I would learn, and how impressive the lecturers would be. The time and energy you have already invested in our class is appreciated beyond measure, and I am heartened by your commitment to trying to help us until we find our home in publishing. They say never meet your heroes, but I think you have proven that to be resoundingly false.

—Liz Velez, '21 Virtual CPC
Editorial Assistant, Harper Collins



This job wouldn't have happened without the CPC, everything I learnt and the wonderful people I met who helped me to get here. I am so grateful and excited.

—Kirsten Greenwood, '19 CPC U.K.
Business Development Executive, Penguin Random House UK, speaking of her first job out of the course


Read what more students have to say.

2020 Virtual Course

The Columbia Publishing Course hosted its first-ever virtual course in 2020, as the novel coronavirus made it impossible to host the course in person. Our 111 students received the high-quality education the industry has come to expect from the Columbia Publishing Course and enjoyed lectures, seminars, and a book workshop in a new and innovative virtual format. This format also reaped some unexpected benefits, the most special of which was that we were able to invite faculty and lecturers from across the country and the world to participate.

Kickstart a Career in Publishing

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The course has an excellent job placement rate, and people in the publishing industry know that course graduates make excellent employees. The course not only helps students find their first jobs but also creates a network that stays with them throughout their careers.

Although course graduates are not guaranteed job placement, CPC offers extensive career recommendation and support services. Résumé and cover-letter workshops give students the opportunity to work one‐on‐one with a professional to develop their written presentation skills. In addition, the course director talks to students about interviewing and the process of finding a job, both during and after the course.

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Stay Informed

Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and  Instagram to receive event updates. We are excited to announce two virtual recruitment sessions on 1/26 at 5pm EST and 2/9 at 5pm EST. Register here!

We annually visit many colleges and universities. We've hosted information sessions at the following campuses: 

  • Bard College
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Washington & Lee University
  • College of William & Mary
  • University of Virginia
  • Vassar College

Please let us know if you would like to see us at your school next year!