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SUMMER: Approved Program in Europe
Multiple Locations, Multiple Locations (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Columbia applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish
Program Advisor:
Sara Ede:
Eligibility: Columbia Undergraduates Summer Program: Approved Summer Program
Discipline: Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Description:

Summer Study with an Approved Program - Europe

If none of the above programs fit your academic needs, you can petition an unapproved program in Europe. For the petition and instructions, please click here.


International Center for Bulgarian Studies (ICBS), University of Veliko Turnovo

International Summer Seminar for Bulgarian Studies (ISSBS). 2 or 3 week program for Bulgarian language at all levels. Housing in a local hotel.


University of Zagreb. University School of Croatian Language and Culture
The "Little summer school of Croatian language" Given at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb.

Czech Republic

Charles University Institute of Slavonic Studies

Summer School of Slavonic Studies (the LŠSS). A 4 week Czech language program for beginners through advanced levels. Housing is in student residence halls. 

Harvard Summer Program in the Czech Republic 
5-week course in intensive Czech language and Bohemian culture; 6 wks- mid-Jun to late July.


American Councils ACTR/ACCELS Eurasian Regional Language Programs

Programs in Buryat in Ulan Ude; Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi ; Kazakh in Almaty; Kyrgyz in Bishkek; Tajik, Persian, and Uzbek in Dushanbe; Ukrainian in Kyiv. Programs are also available for the study of Armenian, Belarusian, Dari, Pashtu, Romanian, Russian, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. Please note that some languages are offered in more than one country.


Reid Hall

Columbia's program in Paris for students with at least 1 year of French. Offers French language and area studies classes.

Bryn Mawr College
Advanced French language and culture program based in Avignon, France. Students may live in home stays or in pensions.This program is for students with 3+ years of French.

University of MN at Montpellier
French language program based at the University Paul Valery. Offers French language classes from the beginning to the intermediate levels. 4 or 8 week programs.

Boston University Language and Liberal Arts Program in Grenoble
Intermediate and advanced French language program for students with 3-4 semesters of prior study. Additional classes in French regional studies. A 7 week program from early June to late July.

Institute for American Universities
The program in Aix-en-Provence offers French language studies for students from the beginning to advanced levels. Students can also take content courses from arts, to business to history.

Penn-in-Tours, France
Intensive Intermediate & Advanced French language program. Additional course work in French history and media.


Freie Universitaet Berlin: FUBiS

Columbia's Department of Germanic Languages recognizes language courses taken at the Freie Universität Berlins international Sommerschule (FUBiS) and offers 8-10 annual scholarships covering a four-week (July-August) intensive German language course, housing and travel grant.  For details on the application process, visit "Study Abroad Opportunities". Nearly 50% of FUBiS stipendees return to Berlin for a semester/year's study with the Berlin Consortium of German Studies (BCGS)."

University of Wisconsin- Madison at Bonn University
German language program for students with at least 1 semester of German. Program is usually for the month of August.

Greece & Classics

Cornell University Summer Session 
Cultural immersion program in Crete, Greece. Program offers field trips. Usually runs from May-June.

College Year In Athens
A variety of summer archaelogical program are available.


Lexia International (Budapest) 

Summer program in Budapest based at the Eötvös Collegium. Hungarian at 3 levels and regional studies elective (in English). Housing is in local student dorms.


Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics(SIT)
In Reykjavik, Akureyri and the western fjords, students explore how Iceland's renewable energy policy and resources fit into the larger national agenda. Students visit significant geological and energy sites in northern Iceland. Program offers an intro course in Icelandic language.


Columbia in Venice

Italian Language program including cultural studies and art history in Venice at Ca'Foscari.

Vassar College: Summer in Siena
Italian language program for Italian language students of all levels & Italian studies courses based at the University of Siena.

Boston University Language and Liberal Arts Program in Padova
Program offers beginning to advanced Italian language courses and two content courses in English. Offers a literature course for advanced students. Students will live in home stays, and program runs for 6 weeks.


Jagiellonian University (UJ)
Summer School of Polish Language and Culture (Krakow).Three-, four- and six-week programs in Polish language with optional regional electives in English & Polish. Housing is in local student dorms.


American Councils (ACTR/ACCELS)
Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

All levels of Russian taught at three sites: Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir. Students stay in residence halls or home stays; Program runs from the second week of June to the first week of August

American Councils Business Russian Language and Internship (BRLI) Program
Program focuses on the language of Russian business with an internship averaging ten to fifteen hours per week at a multinational company, business, or non-governmental organization agency in Russia. Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical (Gertsen) University in St. Petersburg host this program. Advanced speakers only.

Bard College. Institute for International Liberal Education/Smolny College (St. Petersburg)
The Bard-Smolny Summer Language Intensive (SLI) is designed for those who want to have an immersion experience after having completed between two and six semesters of college-level Russian language. Both four- and eight-week programs are offered.

CIEE Summer Russian Program in St. Petersburg
For students with 4 semesters of Russian. Advanced language classes with regional studies in English. Home stay with a Russian family


University of Ljubljana. Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language

2 or 4 week course in Slovene language in July. Beginners through advanced levels. Housing in local student residence.



University of Pennsylvania (Madrid)
Program offers Spanish language, culture and civilization courses. It runs for 5 weeks from late June to the end of July. For students with at least one year of Spanish.

BU Madrid Language and Liberal Arts Program
Intensive Spanish language at intermediate and advanced levels. Students live in home stays. Program runs for six weeks at the Instituto Internacional en España.

Arcadia University- Summer in Spain [Fundación José Ortega y Gaset, Toledo]
Program offers Spanish language and culture courses for 6 weeks from mid-June to late July. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 3 semesters of prior study in Spanish. Students live in home stays or dorms.

Spanish Studies Abroad in Seville
Program offers Spanish classes for students from beginning levels through advanced content courses. Students live in homestays.


International Studies and Multilaterial Diplomacy (SIT)
Based in Geneva, the program examines the history and development of international organizations, the role of international organizations in the new millennium, and NGOs, as well as a critique of organizational strategies, mandates, and resources Culminates in a student research project. Great for students studying Human Rights.

Application Instructions 

There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.

Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/15/2015 **

Admissions decisions for Columbia Programs will be sent approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.

Columbia students applying to external programs should check with the program itself for an admissions timeline.


** Internal Columbia deadlines may be different from program application deadlines. Be sure to check with your chosen program or school to confirm any external deadlines.