Study Abroad Guidance for Columbia Engineering

As a Columbia Engineering student, you should plan ahead in order to undertake a for-credit study abroad experience. Here is some guidance on how to organize your plans for study abroad.


As a Columbia Engineering student, your most likely plan will be to go abroad during spring of sophomore year or during the summer. If you are a Computer Science major, you may also be able to study abroad during junior year. You can make a four-year plan with your CSA Advising Dean and advisers in your intended department. Here are some questions to ask to include a study abroad semester in your plan:

  • Which requirements should I try to fulfill while abroad?
  • Can any of the required classes normally taken in my planned term abroad be taken in a different semester?
  • Which courses CANNOT be taken in a different semester, as they are pre-reqs for other classes?


With a basic schedule in mind, you should review the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) website for programs and make an appointment with a UGE adviser to learn about the opportunities you have researched.

The following webpages will help pick a program that is the right fit for you academically, professionally and personally:


Summer study abroad can be a flexible time period for undertaking global experiences of many kinds. Make sure you understand the policies about getting credit and financial aid, as it can differ for semester and summer. It is possible to take many kinds of required and elective courses over the summer. You can review summer program options on the UGE website.


Once you have identified a program or two of interest, open an application by clicking on “Start an application.” Then start working with your department and advising dean on your clearance form and course approvals. All forms are available in your UGE account.

  • All technical courses must be approved by an instructor of the equivalent Columbia course and the department. Generally, the broader the course, the easier it is to find an equivalent course abroad. Students should be aware that courses that are specific to Columbia’s curriculum are usually more challenging to locate abroad.

  • All non-technical courses must be approved by your advising dean. More information about where Core non-technical courses can be taken abroad can be found on the Core Abroad webpage.


Below are popular programs for Columbia Engineering students. Students who have gone on these programs have successfully completed requirements for a variety of majors. Research these options and plan to talk with a UGE adviser.



This list is not exhaustive and if you find a program which fits your needs, but is not on this list, please speak further with a UGE adviser.