Bachelor On Campus

Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

48 months
62570 USD/year
62570 USD/year
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The undergraduate program in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University offers students the opportunity to study in depth the cultures, ideas, histories, and politics of several overlapping world regions.


About the programme

The Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies program at Columbia University emphasizes a close engagement with intellectual traditions, creative movements, and political debates, drawing on a wide variety of historical and contemporary sources in literature, religion, political thought, law, the visual and performing arts, and new media. Courses also examine the historical and cultural contexts in which these traditions and debates have been produced.

Majors develop two closely related skills. The first is linguistic expertise. A minimum of two years of course work in one language is required, and further work (including intensive summer language study) is greatly encouraged, because the aim is to study a cultural field through its own texts and discourses. The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies offers courses in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Turkish, Hebrew, Armenian, Sanskrit, Hindi/Urdu, Tamil, Swahili and Wolof.The second skill is learning how to think and write about complex cultural formations, drawing on a variety of methods and disciplinary approaches. The approaches vary according to the faculty members' expertise, incorporating methods from relevant fields in the humanities and social sciences, such as literary criticism, film studies, cultural studies, political theory, and intellectual history.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Culture
  • African Civilization
  • Indian Civilization
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Asian Humanities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Autobiographical information
  • Lists and descriptions of a student’s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities
  • Personal essay
  • An official high school transcript from all high schools attended
  • One high school counselor’s recommendation and school profile
  • The completed Mid-Year Report
  • SAT or ACT
  • Applicants may self-report their scores
  • English proficiency examination score (if necessary)
  • These recommendations must come from teachers who taught you in academic disciplines
  • For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    62570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31285 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    62570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31285 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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