Pay By Wire


For payments drawn on foreign banks, the University recommends a wire transfer as the most efficient method of payment. 

Columbia University contracts with Western Union to provide students with a streamlined way to pay a Student Account by wire transfer. The service offers a competitive rate of exchange, as well as the convenience of being able to make payments in many international currencies through a local bank.

Below are instructions for making a payment and a link to a list of currencies accepted through Western Union.

Keep in Mind: A new set of wire instructions is required for each new wire payment. Please also note that wire instructions and the associated currency exchange rate expire after 72 hours.


Making a Payment via Western Union

Watch this short video to learn how to make your tuition payment by wire using Western Union.






Open SSOL to begin the payment process.


Click on “Account Detail and E-Billing,” then on “View E-Bill and Pay by E-Check, Payment Plan or Wire Other Payment Options.”


Click "Make a Payment."


Enter the payment amount and select "Western Union-International Payment." Then click “Make Payment."


A conversion at a competitive rate of exchange from the U.S. dollar amount will be applied to your chosen currency through the Western Union real-time rate engine. You will have the opportunity to view the payable amount in your local currency before committing to the transaction.


Finalize the transaction by following the instructions on the web page.


Save a PDF copy of the wire instructions confirmation page and send it to your bank or print the confirmation page and take it to your local bank to initiate the transfer of funds to Western Union. Please note that the currency quote on the confirmation page is valid for 72 hours. Western Union must receive the request within 72 hours of your receipt of the currency quote.


Western Union will then forward the U.S. dollar amount to Columbia University where it will be credited to your student billing account.


Keep in Mind

  • There is a limit of $70,000 per term that can be paid via this method.
  • Neither Western Union nor Columbia University charges any fee for this service. However, your bank may impose a service fee to initiate the wire transfer. Additionally, a processing fee will be charged for transactions that cannot be deposited through normal bank channels.
  • If you are not enrolled in courses for the semester and you send a payment via wire transfer or Western Union, those funds will be returned to their point of origin.