Study Abroad

I am grateful to BCGS, as the year I spent in Berlin has academically and socially prepared my life after college.

Metin Turgut, Williams '16

Studying abroad allowed me to gain insights on issues that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise – through seeing things I that otherwise wouldn’t have.

Anant Krishnan CC'20

Spending time in Athens, Nafplio, and the island of Syros, I was able to delve deeper into my academic passion of Art History, while also learning about other disciplines, and gaining new friendships and cultural understanding.

Owen Monroe CC'20

"Studying abroad introduced me to an educational system that remains influenced by Soviet theories of education. There was a heavier focus on knowledge rather than analytical skills. The differences between Russian and USA academics made me more aware of my studying strengths and weaknesses."

Seth Farkas CC'18

Talk to people who have done it before. Try and figure out what your priorities are from your study abroad experience. Do you want to become fluent in a language? Trying to figure out whether you'd like to go abroad for a job or grad school? Whatever it is, being able to set some goals will help narrow down the program possibilities.

Upasna Saha CC'19

Studying in Spain taught me to take more initiative. Thus, I further explored the curriculum that I found most relevant to my academic goals. The ability to take initiative has increased both my success at Columbia and my post-grad professional marketability.

Eugenia Sanchez CC'18

"I think the most impactful experiences for me were those in which I didn’t just learn about a culture, a tradition, history, politics, or language, but actually encountered them and experienced them outside the classroom."

Seth Farkas CC'18

My fears were replaced with pure excitement and anticipation of all that I would then see and do over the next six months.

Paulina Babiak SEAS'19

Study abroad provided me with the mechanism to not only enrich my language learning experience, and my understanding of the world, but also to rediscover some of the hidden beauty in everyday life.

William Scott GS'20

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