Study Abroad

"Going abroad strengthened my independence and flexibility. I had to adapt to navigating an unfamiliar people, language, and culture. As I enter the real world, I feel more confident because I now know that I can make the best out of an initially daunting experience."

Luke Shirley CC'18

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

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

"Studying abroad has made me a better communicator and problem solver. Both skills are relevant to my future engineering career goals."

Kate Burt SEAS'19

My BCGS study abroad experience paved the way for my return the following summer to work as an EMGIP fellow in the German parliament and my graduate studies at the London School of Economics in European Politics.

Matthew Asada, University of Pennsylvania '02

"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

"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

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

...all of my previous experiences in Paris could not prepare me for the one I had at Reid Hall – a place that opened a vast world of history, thought, and cultural life to which I was, until that point, little more than a doting outsider.

Justin Booz GS'20

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