Columbia College Chicago (MAUI)

Colombia College Chicago

Colombia College Chicago is a universitywide partner university in Chicago (Illinois), United States of America. You can study at Colombia College Chicago through the MAUI program

The MAUI program (Mid-America Universities International) consists of a group of 18 American universities. If you are applying for the MAUI program, you need to list the top three MAUI universities of your choice in your motivation letter. This means there is a chance you will not be placed at your preferred university, but at your second or third choice university instead.

Student experiences

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General information

Course information

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You’re Here to Find Your Calling (YouTube)

Academic calendar

Semester I: 1st week of September - 3rd week of December
Semester II: last week of January - 2nd week of May

Orientation generally commences the last week of August for Semester I and the 3rd week of January for Semester II.

Exams take place the last few weeks of each semester.

Academic calendar


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

Language Requirement

A TOEFL, IELTS or other accepted test. 

You can find the most recent information on the language requirements on the website.

Areas of study open to exchange students


Courses at Master's level

The exchange is designed to be an undergraduate-only exchange. Special circumstances for interested graduate students can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

On-campus housing is provided to incoming exchange students and application materials are sent upon successful nomination. Features and room types vary by building.

You can find more details on the residence halls here.

Students can choose to pursue off campus and will be sent a general guide about housing in Chicago.

Estimated living costs per month

Average living costs are around $2,000 per month.

You can find a more detailed breakdown of expenses here, under funding.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

3 places per year for the MAUI program in total. 

After the 1 December deadline it is not possible anymore to apply for an exchange to this partner university, even for semester 2 (start January next academic year), due to early application deadlines. This means you have to apply before December 1st.

  • When you apply in Osiris you may choose: MAUI network
  • At second and third place you choose a university outside the MAUI netwerk or a university with the label MAUI and Bilateral
  • You list 3 MAUI university choices in your motivation letter/form. 
  • Placement at the university of your first choice cannot be guaranteed, but MAUI will try to meet your preference.

Selection was necessary for 2022-23, but not in the years before.

All MAUI universities

Baylor University (Waco)
Columbia College Chicago
Kansas State University (Manhattan)
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla)
Oklahoma State University (Stillwater)
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Texas State University (San Marcos)
Texas Tech University (Lubbock)
University of Kansas (Lawrence)
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of North Texas (Denton)
University of Oklahoma (Norman)
West Virginia University (Morgantown)

More information about MAUI

Find more information on the MAUI website


If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.