Study Abroad

If you want to make studying abroad a thought-provoking experience, I encourage you to keep track of every little culture shock as well!

Bingcong Zhu CC'16

"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

When I left Paris, beyond the joy I felt for the great memories I took with me, I also recognized that I had gained a set of tools I can now use to solve problems in the future.

Juan José Guzmán CC ’19

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

"Only being there for a semester, I was prepared to do things I would have been too afraid of doing at Columbia."

Julia Zeh CC'18

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

Kate Burt SEAS'19

"As a political science major, my understanding of political systems is from a US perspective. Immersing myself in a place with different norms helped me to appreciate the importance of history and cultural particularity in approaching questions of governance."

Isaiah Feldman-Schwartz 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

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