As an undergraduate student from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering or the School of General Studies, you are able to meet with an adviser to learn about opportunities to study abroad during your time at Columbia University.

Study Abroad First Steps

At Study Abroad First Steps, you have the chance to speak with an adviser one-on-one for 15 minutes. It is an opportunity to: discuss your interests or general questions related to studying abroad, program selection, as well as receive additional resources about next steps in the process. No appointments are needed! Instead, just come by during the times listed below.

Monday: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tuesday: 12pm - 1pm; 3pm - 4pm

Wednesday: 4pm - 5pm

Thursday: 1pm - 2pm

Friday: 3pm - 4pm

Study Abroad First Steps begin on the first day of classes and end on the last day of classes for each term. If you would like to connect with an adviser when classes are not held (i.e. during reading days, finals, the summer term etc.) please do not hesitate to email an adviser directly.

If you are in need of clearance (approval) to study abroad, please make an appointment with your respective adviser directly.

Study Abroad Appointments

Make an appointment with an adviser for a Study Abroad Appointment to discuss your specific interests in studying abroad, get program-specific questions answered, as well as learn about the application process.

Columbia Study Abroad Approval

Each Columbia school has a designated study abroad contact who advises and approves students interested in spending a semester abroad. These advisers understand the unique requirements and needs of Columbia students in the various undergraduate schools and can support you throughout your time planning and preparing to go abroad. It is never too early to connect with them.


Meet with your study abroad adviser in the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships for clearance (approval) to study abroad.


Kate Strzalkowski, Assistant Dean of Students
403 Lewisohn
Email Dean Strzalkowski directly for walk-in hours


Leora Brovman, Associate Dean
531 Mudd
Email Dean Brovman directly for walk-in hours

Study Abroad Advisers

Jill Burya

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Study Abroad Programs in: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Multi-Country programs as well as language programs in Europe. 

Laura Schiff

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Study Abroad Programs in Australia & New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom and other English-speaking programs in Europe.