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The Departments of Mathematics at Columbia University and Paris Cité Université are pleased to offer a joint Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Paris. With students from each institution, this six-week program will allow you explore the experience of doing mathematical research in a small group of peers.

Program Overview

  • Offered as a Summer Undergraduate Research opportunity through the math department
  • Conduct intensive mathematical research with peers from French institutions guided by faculty from both France and Columbia in a small group environment
  • Benefit from exposure to a different approach to mathematics with students and faculty from one of the largest mathematical research institutes in Europe
  • Live with other program participants in a residence in Paris

Eligibility and Application

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, or the School of General Studies
  • Rising junior or rising senior Math majors preferred
  • All students must meet the basic requirements for studying abroad: a 3.0 cumulative GPA and good academic and disciplinary standing in their home school
  • Although knowledge of French is not required, some study of the language may be useful for students living in Paris
  • To apply, students will submit the following to the Columbia Math department:
    • One-page CV/resume
    • One-page about your research interests and motivation for participation
    • Unofficial university transcripts
    • A reference letter from a faculty member.


The course is oriented around a research question. The first sessions will be devoted to providing the background needed for the research and the subsequent time will be spent engaged in daily group research. For Summer 2023, students should be aware that various meetings will be planned during the month of April with the program to start in Paris on May 21st.

Summer 2023 Project Title: To be determined

Life in Paris


All Columbia students will have program-arranged housing in a residence hall. Typically students will have single rooms with a private bathroom and access to a shared kitchenette.


Meals are not included and there is no meal plan available to students. However, there are grocery stores, boulangeries, fromageries, and charcuteries where students can buy food for casual dining.


Throughout the program, there will be complementary activities that will help you to explore the life and culture of Paris, as well as mathematically relevant points of interest.

Daily Living and Schedule

The program will take place at both the Columbia Global Center in Paris and at Paris Cité Université and some commuting will be required depending on the day. While there will be adequate time for exploration of the city, the research will be intensive and for several hours per day.


Columbia Global Centers|Paris at Reid Hall is the home base of the program and where you will spend half of your time. Reid Hall is a small group of buildings owned and administered by Columbia. It serves as a base for other Columbia programs during the summer and as an educational center for other American universities and for scholars from around the world. For over a century, its long and distinguished past of intellectual, artistic, and cultural exchange has made it significant to the relationship between France and the United States.

Located in the lively Montparnasse (sixth) district of Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens and within walking distance of the Latin Quarter and several branches of the University of Paris, Reid Hall was constructed in the early 18th century, before the French Revolution. Modern additions have enlarged the facility, creating an interior courtyard and private garden. Reid Hall primarily houses administrative offices and classrooms and also has a small reference library, a reading room, lounges, a multimedia lab, and two large conference rooms. Students have access to WiFi in all common areas of Reid Hall.

Paris Cité Université is a multi-disciplinary research university founded in 1970, known for its distinguished teaching in the sciences, particularly in mathematics. The mathematics department at Paris Cité Université is a founding member of several research networks, notably the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche (IMJ-PRG), which is the largest mathematical research institute in Europe. Members of the Paris Cité Université faculty represent every major branch of mathematics and include Fields Medal winners.



The faculty and program are supported by the staff of the Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris.

Columbia Faculty

George Dragomir, Program Director

Paris Cité Université Faculty

Financial Considerations

Because this program does not offer academic credits, there are no tuition or housing changes. All local transportation and program activities are included.

Stipend: $3200 (covers expenses in Paris: per diem, local transportation, and airfare).
Housing in Paris is paid for by the program (May 21-June 17, 2023).

Further cost information coming soon.

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