As an undergraduate student from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering or the School of General Studies, you are able to connect with an adviser to learn about opportunities to study abroad during your time at Columbia University.

In line with the University’s guidance, The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) is operating remotely. You may contact a specific member of our staff or email with general questions. Students can schedule a virtual advising appointment by reaching out to an adviser. Students can also attend a Study Abroad First Steps with no appointment (see below for more information).

For updates related to COVID-19 and Columbia, please visit the Covid-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community.

Study Abroad First Steps

At Study Abroad First Steps, Columbia students 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 are needed! Instead, please just log into your Columbia account and join us on Zoom during the times listed below:

If you are unable to attend, please contact an adviser to set up an appointment. If you are in need of clearance (approval) to study abroad, please make an appointment with your respective adviser directly.

Study Abroad First Steps Sessions:

Friday, January 15th 10am - 11am: Join here

Tuesday, January 19th 3pm - 4pm: Join here

Friday, January 22nd 10am - 11am: Join here

Monday, January 25th 10am - 11am: Join here

Tuesday, January 26th 3pm - 4pm: Join here

Monday, February 1st 10am - 11am: Join here

Thursday, February 4th 3pm - 4pm: Join here

Thursday, February 11th 3pm - 4pm: Join here

Friday, February 12th 10am - 11am: Join here

Tuesday, February 16th 10am - 11am: Join here

Wednesday, February 17th 3pm - 4pm: Join here

Study Abroad Appointments

Make an appointment with an adviser for a Study Abroad Appointment to discuss your specific interests in studying abroad, get program-specific questions answered, as well as learn about the application process.

Columbia Academic Year/Semester Study Abroad Approval

Each Columbia school has a designated study abroad contact who advises and approves students interested in spending a semester abroad. These advisers understand the unique requirements and needs of Columbia students in the various undergraduate schools and can support you throughout your time planning and preparing to go abroad. It is never too early to connect with them.


Meet with your study abroad adviser in the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement for clearance (approval) to study abroad.


Kate Strzalkowski, Assistant Dean of Students
403 Lewisohn
Email Dean Strzalkowski directly for walk-in hours


A clearance form is available in your UGE account for approval to study abroad. The form will need to be signed by your CSA Advising Dean and your UGE Adviser.

Study Abroad Advisers

Scott Carpenter

Adviser for the Columbia College Oxbridge Scholars program. 


To make a virtual appointment, please email the adviser directly with your availability. 

Jill Burya

Adviser for Columbia-Led SEE-U Jordan and SEE-U New York City in addition to Columbia-Approved Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, multi-country programs as well as language programs in Europe.  

To make a virtual appointment, please sign up for a time slot using this calendar. 


Laura Schiff

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs in Australia & New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom and other English-speaking programs in Europe. 

Please use my advising calendar to schedule a virtual advising appointment. If none of the times work for you, please email me with your availability.