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The summer 2024 Education for Sustainable Development program of the Global Columbia Collaboratory offers the opportunity to virtually engage with a small group of Columbia University students and Brazilian peers over the course of 15 weeks this summer. Students will also travel to Brazil in July for 1 to 3 weeks.

If you have any questions, write to or watch a recording of one of the INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS:


Through global seminars, small group meetings, and working on a collaborative project for the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS), you’ll learn about environmental realities in Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon; the important role the humanities, arts, and social sciences can play not just in producing solutions to environmental problems but in understanding how those problems emerged; how NGOs, government agencies, and communities are working collaboratively to address sustainable development challenges to achieve the SDGs in Brazil; and gain hands-on experience through a 1-3 week in-country field experience in Rio de Janeiro and three riverine communities on the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Collaboratory is a not-for-credit program offered by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement in partnership with Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro and FAS (Fundação Amazônia Sustentável). Students may consider using their participation in the program for elective academic credit, and/or internship, capstone, practicum, or research requirements.

If you have any questions, write to or watch a recording of one of the INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS:

Eligibility and Application

Applications are limited to Columbia University undergraduates who are currently enrolled and in good academic and disciplinary standing at the New York City campus of Columbia University.

At the point of application and throughout the Global Columbia Collaboratory experience, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Columbia University

  • In good disciplinary standing

  • Students must be able to fully participate in all activities and meetings throughout the 15-week program

The Collaboratory is conducted in English.


Applications are open until Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Financial Considerations

The virtual portion of the Collaboratory program is free to participants but there is a program fee for the in-country field experience.

Student fee: $2,500

Included in the student fee:

  • a $500 non-refundable deposit

  • lodging

  • in-country transportation

  • all meals

  • in-country excursions

  • Gold Standard-certified carbon offset credit for flights to/from NYC

Excluded costs:

  • student transportation to/from Brazil (the program begins in Rio de Janeiro and concludes in Manaus)

  • costs associated with securing a valid passport and visa (if applicable)

  • vaccines for travel to Brazil (required: single dose of Yellow Fever vaccine & all COVID boosters)

  • personal spending money

Tentative Timeline and Expectations

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

February 19: Applications open

March 13: Applications due

March 18 - 22: Applicants will be asked to sign up for a brief interview with the program organizers

March 25: Finalists will be notified

April 1: Confirmation of Participation forms and $500 due

Virtual and In-person Programming

Programming for the Collaboratory will take place over 15 weeks (May - August*) and students should expect to spend 5 - 6 hours a week engaged with Collaboratory content, seminars and activities. Additionally, students must be able to travel to the on-sight program.

Weeks 1 - 6: virtual programming/synchronous meetings

Weeks 7 - 8: in-country field study/Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon (state of Manaus)

Weeks 9 - 15: virtual programming/synchronous meetings & Project Showcase

*Finalized Schedule, including the duration of the in-country field study in Brazil, will be provided in mid-March 2024.

Students must be able to participate in all meetings and activities as part of joining the Summer 2024 Collaboratory.



Global seminars are led by faculty, practitioners, and researchers on education for sustainable development and environmental humanities, and are drawn from the extensive networks of Columbia University.


These are skills-based workshops to support students’ global learning, intercultural communication, and successful completion of a project as requested by staff from Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS).


Collab PODs are facilitated small group sessions that meet on a weekly basis to provide students with specific content related to Rio de Janeiro and Amazonian ecosystems and to foster students’ connection and reflection as they process and build on their learning.


Student collaborators meet to work on their project for FAS.


Students will spend time in Rio de Janeiro and select Amazon riverine communities visiting sites of environmental significance, working on their NGO/partner project, learning from observation, and engaging in field study.