Columbia University

June 17, 2024

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Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Originally established in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain.

Below you will find study abroad reviews from students at Columbia University. We hope you will find these helpful in your search for options in education abroad. If you are a Columbia University student, please check with the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) for guidelines on enrolling in a study abroad program and receiving credit for your study abroad experience. If your university has listed recommended programs below, please consider them first and contact any of the program providers referenced in the reviews listed below for more information.

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12/29/2023 Cya Spring 2023: Academically And Socially Immersive, Culturally Enriching CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program

"I wouldn’t trade my semester at CYA for anything. The academic classes were engaging and integrative, and the friendships I made have been long-lasting. I would recommend this program to any student looking for an immersive and enriching study abroad experience in a beautiful country. "

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03/30/2021 Laid Back Educational Semester Queen Mary University of London Study Abroad programme

"I learned about London culture and the history of London. It was so worthwhile, because I was able to branch out from everything I knew."

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03/22/2021 Excellent Experience!!! Queen Mary University of London Study Abroad programme

"I became more independent and confident in my ability to travel and meet new people."

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Past Review I <3 Madrid Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

"Language experience is crucial. Living abroad (not just traveling) is a really weird experience and puts everything in perspective. Traveling experience was so awesome."

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Past Review The Experience Of A Lifetime, With (Difficult To Avoid) Limitations The School for Field Studies / SFS: Peru – Amazon Studies

"I gained a thorough understanding of local ecology, conservation efforts, and political and social movement in theory from my semester abroad. I think the only thing that could have been improved upon was the local cultural immersion through more opportunities to explore the city on our own, less curfew and campus building restr..."

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Past Review Amazing Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

"It was incredibly worthwhile and I learned a lot about Spanish living day-to-day"

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Past Review An Unforgetablle And Unique Semester Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

"significantly improved my spanish. was able to travel throughout all of spain."

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Past Review An Incredible Program SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

"I learned how to think of colonialism and neo-colonialism in a new perspective, I learned a basic level of Quechua, and I made very deep friendships with Bolivians and my fellow classmates. It was very challenging but incredible. "

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Past Review How I Fell In Love With Melbourne IFSA: Melbourne - University of Melbourne

"I felt very independent coming back after taking so many trips with friends. Totally worthwhile. "

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Past Review A Unique Non Traditional Study Abroad Experience SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

"I learned a lot about non-Western perspectives, colonization/decolonization, neoliberalism, cosmovision and other indigenous outlooks on life."

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Past Review Four Months In My New Favorite City CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program

"I learned a lot about what it means to be American, not only of how American culture is perceived by people in other places, but also how it affects them regardless. I learned to recognize how my understanding of many things is shaped by being an American and to recognize the influence the United States have on the world. I als..."

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Past Review Indispensable SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

"i learned so much about myself, about bolivia, and about what i want to do in the future. "

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Past Review A Fantastic Summer In Beirut American University of Beirut: Beirut - Intensive Summer Arabic Program

"Living and taking classes at AUB was my favorite summer in college. The professors were great, and program fantastic--it really allowed us to learn Arabic while simultaneously exploring both Beirut and Lebanon."

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Past Review Amazing And Challenging Culturally Diverse Experience Spain Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

"I gained an intense understanding of different cultures and managing my self in different situation as well as working with many different types of people. It was an intense maturing experience."

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Past Review Best Semester Of My Life UPCES - Study Abroad in Prague (CERGE-EI, Charles University)

"I gained an international perspective, studied central european studies which I never would have gotten the chance to at school, made amazing friends from all over the world, and gained a new appreciation for my home university by taking the semester away."

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Past Review A Great Semester! Wellesley College: Aix-en-Provence - Wellesley-in-Aix

"I realized while being abroad that I was not really exposed to conversational French in my past 8 years of studying the language, and I improved in that area. My experience was extremely worthwhile and I can't wait to return to France to work/study. "

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Past Review Amazing Cultural & Academic Experience SIT Study Abroad: Argentina - Social Movements and Human Rights

"I learned so much about Argentine history, US foreign policy vis-à-vis Latin America, Argentine culture, how to adapt to a new country, how to navigate a new city etc. It was definitely worthwhile, I would recommend this program to anyone who is independent and wants to learn a lot."

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Past Review Holy Freakin A That Was Awesome The GREEN Program: Iceland - Sustainability and Renewable Energy Abroad

"what can I say about the 10 greatest days of my life that would do it justice? The experience was like no other. from sleeping in the wilderness in the shadows of eyjafjallajökull, to snorkeling in thingvellir, to freaking climbing a glacial tongue. while pictures may capture what a scene looked like, they will never capture th..."

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Past Review Incredible Experience But Glad It Was Only One Semester. Sarah Lawrence College: Paris - Sarah Lawrence College in Paris

"I gained a stronger comprehension for the French language and an appreciation for French culture. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I am glad I had."

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Past Review Tech Start Up Internship Study Away and Internship Programs in New York City

"Industry Relevant Work Experience "

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Past Review Would Do It All Again In An Instant University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

"I learned a lot more outside of the classroom than inside, but it was absolutely worthwhile. I loved seeing Israel from a non religious perspective, because I'd only ever experienced it from a Jewish perspective before this."

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Past Review Amideast Rabat! Do It! AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

"I learned a lot of information that eventually contributed to independent funding, a return to Morocco, and to my senior thesis. I made lasting connections with really intelligent professors. I gained some lifelong friends both in Morocco and the US. And I got to spend a lot of time in a country that I love, exploring and learni..."

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Past Review Amazing Experience! Forum-Nexus: Ultimate Summer in Europe - 9 Cities in 1 Month

"Learned about and experienced different European cultures. Definitely worthwhile!"

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Past Review Paris Is Paris! Columbia University: Paris - Reid Hall

"Yes, it was definitely worthwhile. My French is really improved, and I truly enjoyed getting to experience a different culture for a few months. One thing my studying abroad really highlighted for me is how important it is to travel and visit other cultures. I know I want to return to Paris again soon! "

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Past Review Buenos Aires: An Amazing Breeding Pool Of Artistic Ability And Beautiful Culture. IFSA: Buenos Aires - Argentine Universities Program

"I grew as a person. Through learning a new language and meeting my boyfriend, I've grown lightyears."

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