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: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Thursday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Friday: 10am - 11am

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

Meg Booth

Currently on leave until January 2019. 

Jill Burya

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Study Abroad Programs in: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Adviser for the following Columbia-led programs:  

Please email Jill Burya directly to schedule an appointment during December 2018 and January 2019.

Laura Schiff

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Study Abroad Programs in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Adviser for the following Columbia-Led Programs:

Alice Uhl

Adviser for Columbia-Approved Study Abroad Programs in Europe (except Ireland and the United Kingdom) and Multi Country Programs.