Study Abroad

"In Athens, I formed connections with professors and researchers who have helped shape my applications to research fellowships and edit my graduate school research proposal. I was also able to present at a student research conference and have my work published."
Alyssa Mendez CC'18

By being immersed in a new culture, I was forced to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I discovered that I belong in a global community. By studying abroad, I strengthened my communication skills and have begun building a network.

Paulina Babiak SEAS'19

"Beyond the language component, the classes I took through BCGS exposed me to topics and intellectual discussions that fascinate and engage me to this day."

Christopher D. Clark, Vassar '18

"Going abroad helped me understand new environments, interact with local communities, and be comfortable stepping outside of my comfort zone it was my first step in setting my newfound path into motion."

Isabel Friesner CC'19

"My European literature class in Denmark focused on how place is written into texts. The techniques that we used for mapping are something that I decided to adapt and use for my senior essay at Columbia. The intersection of literature and visuality is something that has come to inform my studies at Columbia."

Anvita Budhraja CC'18

"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 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 Majumdar CC'20

"Thanks to the Political Science courses I was able to take via the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, I successfully applied to an MA program in International Relations with a focus on the EU at the Leiden University, the Netherlands. I plan to lean on the German skills I developed at the BCGS in my comparative parliamentary analysis course."

Kelsey Lamp CC'16

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