Applications for the 2021 course are now open–apply here. Read below to learn more about application requirements, course fees and dual applications.
Who Should Apply
The course is aimed primarily at recent college graduates, but other applicants are not discouraged. Many students have worked in publishing briefly and would like to broaden their understanding of the field or have decided to make a career change from an unrelated field.
The program is open to all nationalities, and while the American contingent is strong, British and EU citizens are also encouraged to apply. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and other countries covered under the British government’s Youth Mobility Scheme may also find the program of special interest. American applicants will receive the same job placement assistance in the United States as their counterparts in the New York course.
Although most applicants have majored in English or other subjects in the humanities, many have majored in other disciplines, particularly art, history, economics, business, law, music and the sciences.
Students with a demonstrated interest in publishing have always gained the most from the course. Many types of interests and jobs — including volunteer work — can be considered related to publishing, including:
- Media internships
- Photography, graphic arts, sales, or marketing experience
- Work on university or school newspapers, literary journals, or blogs
- Bookstore or library experience
Applicants should know that the course does not emphasize instruction in journalism or creative writing. But applicants with writing experience who seek new ways to apply their skills within the world of publishing — as editors, publicists, designers, marketing and business managers or publishers — are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must have successfully completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree by the start of the course if they plan to work in the United States. Only in extremely rare circumstances do we admit students who have yet to finish their undergraduate degrees, since students who are not ready to enter the workforce immediately cannot take full advantage of the networking opportunities, job market preparation and career placement services we offer and because an undergraduate degree is necessary to get a job in publishing in the United States. Please contact our office if you are a U.K. citizen who has decided to forgo a university education to pursue a career in publishing. We will always make exceptions for these students because a bachelor’s degree is not required to work in the U.K.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2021 session are due by midnight E.S.T. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Applicants who wish to be considered for both the U.K. and the New York programs should indicate their first choice of location and whether they wish to be considered for the other program as well. Dual applications must be submitted by the New York deadline. Please note that there is only one application fee even if you apply to both courses.
Because the program at Oxford begins three months later than the New York program, applications for the U.K. program remain open later than the New York course. We have only seventy places in the Oxford program; as admissions are on a rolling basis, it is to an applicant's advantage to apply sooner rather than later.
Components of the application need to be submitted electronically. For detailed instructions, review the “Instructions” page of the online application.
- Online application
- Nonrefundable application fee: $55; we do not grant application-fee waivers.
- Active e-mail address: All admission notifications will be sent by e-mail.
- Transcript(s): PDFs of transcripts from each of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended as a degree‐seeking student.
- Two to three letters of recommendation: Two are required; the third is optional, but encouraged. You may submit your online application even if the letters have not yet been submitted by your recommenders.
- Personal essays: One personal statement (two double‐spaced pages) and one short answer (one or two paragraphs) in response to the given prompts.
- Current résumé or curriculum vitae: Preferably a one‐page professional résumé that succinctly summarizes your skills, experience, and education.
- Clips (optional): Applicants have the option to submit up to two writing samples (e.g., published articles, blog posts, or reader’s reports) through our online application. We will not accept any hard-copy materials via post.
In preparation for the program, all accepted students must complete advance reading and assignments. These assignments cover many of the topics to be discussed in lectures and are evaluated by publishing professionals. They are short, practical, and require students to perform tasks related to the publishing process.
For 2021, the costs of the Oxford program are as follows:
The mandatory board plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner (available on weekdays only). Students living off campus will be charged $800 for the mandatory board plan in addition to their course fees. While students do not have to live on campus, we strongly recommend that they do so because of the rigorous schedule as well as the camaraderie that develops in close quarters among a group of people with a common passion and common goals.
Please see our F.A.Q. for answers to common questions.
Additional questions? Please contact us.
Shaye Areheart, Director
Emma Skeels, Assistant Director
Columbia Publishing Course
2950 Broadway, MC 3801
New York, NY 10027