Undergraduate Global Engagement celebrates International Education Week

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.

UGE Study Abroad First Steps: Every weekday from 2-3pm in the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement, 606 Kent Hall, you have the chance to speak with an adviser one-on-one for 15 minutes. It is an opportunity to discuss your interests or general questions related to studying abroad, program selection, as well as receive additional resources about next steps in the process. No appointments needed!

November 15: UGE Global Spotlight: So You Think You Can Research Abroad? (Core Conference Room, 202 Hamilton, 3-4pm) A roundtable discussion with undergraduate and faculty researchers in STEM about how and why to conduct research outside the U.S. Come to this roundtable discussion to hear from faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in STEM fields about their experiences conducting research abroad. Our speakers have engaged in meaningful fieldwork across the world and are ready to share things they wish they knew before embarking on their research projects, including everything from to reconciling cultural differences while researching complex topics. Light refreshments will be provided.

November 18: Presidential Global Fellowship Information Session (Core Conference Room, 202 Hamilton, 4:30-5:30pm) The Presidential Global Fellowship (PGF) offers first-year undergraduates who are seeking to develop a strong global foundation and a deeper understanding of the world around them with a unique opportunity to enrich their Columbia education beginning in the summer after their first year. The PGF provides full funding for participation on a Columbia summer study abroad program to a highly select group of intellectually curious students who are able to imagine how an overseas experience can influence their examination of critical issues and who are committed to finding meaningful ways to engage a broad range of global topics throughout their undergraduate career. Join UGE and Undergraduate Research in Fellowships at this information session to learn about this opportunity and how to apply.

November 21: Global Center | Paris event: Sulayman Al Bassam: 'iMedea: Texts, Islands, Adaptations' (Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall, Barnard, 6-7:30pm) Leading Arab playwright and theatre director, Sulayman Al Bassam, will link his work, adapting ancient texts -- The Lament for the Destruction of Ur and the Medea myth -- to the modern Arab context, with his experience of building an interdisciplinary centre for the new creation on Failaka, a depopulated, historically rich island in the Persian Gulf. He will examine themes of civilisational transience and explore models of cultural production that challenge the status quo of carbon dependency and resource extraction, introducing what he is calling "The Post-Petroleum Society." Organized by Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry, Barnard College. Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, Barnard College.

November 22: UGE Cross-Country Conversation: Healthcare and Human Rights—Obama Foundation Scholars in Conversation. Co-sponsored by Columbia World Projects. (Core Conference Room, 202 Hamilton, 3-4pm) Please join UGE for a roundtable discussion with Obama Scholars Mor Efrat and Isaiah Owolabi on the intersection of healthcare and human rights. Mor Efrat serves as Director of the Occupied Palestinian Territories Department at Physicians for Human Rights in Israel. She works to dismantle the obstacles that prevent patients living in Gaza and the West Bank from accessing health care. Isaiah Owolabi, an Obama Scholar from Nigeria, is the Project Director and co-founder of HACEY Health Initiative, an organization aimed at improving life outcomes of women and girls through programs like their “Hands up for HER (Health, Empowerment and Right)” initiative and their “Back on Track” vocational training program for girls.

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program brings together rising leaders from across the globe to strengthen their knowledge, skills, and networks at Columbia University so that they can continue making impactful changes in their communities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

December 10: UGE Art Humanities and Music Humanities in Paris and Berlin Information Session (Schermerhorn 832, 5-6pm) Learn more about the Columbia Summer Core: Art Humanities and Music Humanities programs in Berlin and Paris! The combination of these two Core courses offers the opportunity to explore the multiple contexts of Western artistic and musical creation. The program allows Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and School of General Studies students to complete these two courses together during 6 weeks in Paris or Berlin.