Study Abroad

"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

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

In my mind, education is about more than ideas--it’s about becoming a citizen of the world and, in so doing, recognizing that your fate is deeply and beautifully entangled with the fate of others.

Odis Babski Vassar '19

"Being abroad allowed me to pursue new academic interests, particularly history and philosophy of science. As a biology major, I had exposure to learning about science and conducting scientific experiments in the lab."

Amelia Sawyers CC'19

"Classes were totally different in Denmark, much more team based, hands-on, and practical, with many presentations and projects thrown in as well - it was great to experience and benefit from a new style of learning."

Theodora Davis CC'17

I learned confidence and humility while abroad. Nothing forces you out of your comfort zone like being a different country. This is something we take for granted when we've gotten comfortable in our own environments, but is so crucial to our development.

Amanda Price CC'18

What I study at Columbia is completely different than most of what I was studying in Kenya, but it didn’t matter.

Maia Berlow 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

"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

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