Enhance your educational experience through studying abroad.

To combat the general discomfort I felt, I created and surrounded myself in physical and mental environments that I wanted to be and thrive in. Immersing my mind in positive thinking and poetry helped to greatly enhance my time abroad.

Shanga Labossiere CC '19

"My day-to-day experience was vibrant. I would share each breakfast and dinner chatting with my host mom about politics, the city, and new art installations at museums—she was my biggest resource in terms of connecting to the culture."

Natalie Davis-Porada CC'19

"As a political science major, my understanding of political systems is from a US perspective. Immersing myself in a place with different norms helped me to appreciate the importance of history and cultural particularity in approaching questions of governance."

Isaiah Feldman-Schwartz CC'18

In selecting a study abroad program, I was most intrigued by the possibility of immersion in a foreign culture. I was looking for a deeper exposure to culture and more personal responsibility, which is why I chose the BCGS.

John A. Lotus University of Chicago '17

In my mind, education is about more than ideas--it’s about becoming a citizen of the world and, in so doing, recognizing that your fate is deeply and beautifully entangled with the fate of others.

Odis Babski Vassar '19

"My courses allowed me to explore a 1,000 year old city, steeped with historical locales, religious sites, and traditions. After school, my friends and I were able to enjoy modern aspects of Kyoto, like wandering through the shopping district or singing karaoke."

Sinai Cruz CC'18

...we have to get sore before we get strong, and I came out of the experience much more conscious of my place, and responsibility, in the world as an American than before.

Emilie Biggs CC'21

What I study at Columbia is completely different than most of what I was studying in Kenya, but it didn’t matter.

Maia Berlow CC'18

"Going abroad helped me understand new environments, interact with local communities, and be comfortable stepping outside of my comfort zone it was my first step in setting my newfound path into motion."

Isabel Friesner CC'19

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Recent News

Dec 5th, 2019

Learn about UGE programs which offer Frontiers of Sciences and courses for the science requirement taught this summer! 

Nov 25th, 2019

The Office of the Provost renews the call for proposals from faculty members interested in applying for funding to lead a Global Scholars Program. 

Nov 11th, 2019

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare U.S. Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. The week also celebrates international students who study in the U.S. colleges and universities. 

Join UGE for a series of events to explore international opportunities and participate in global conversations.