Our Communities

Kigali, Rwanda

The World Leaders Forum on the Columbia campus hosts prominent world leaders and other international newsmakers for lectures, discussion panels and other events. His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, participated in a talk “Beyond Policy and FInancing: How to Sustain Development.”

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Obodan, Ghana

Engineers Without Borders has worked in this rural village since 2004, improving water and sanitation facilities through the construction of new latrines.

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Tivoli, Italy

Undergraduates have the opportunity to excavate and deepen their knowledge of art, architecture and history through an archeological dig at Hadrian’s Villa.

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London, England

The new Columbia in London program will feature a global seminar, London as Literature, that will include in-depth study of texts as well as outings to urban sites.

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Mexico City, Mexico

The new Columbia in Mexico program will offer core courses in anthroplogy and race and ethnicity studies in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Havana, Cuba

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad program in Cuba offers the opportunity to take courses, conduct research and connect with local cultural institutions.

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Queens Museum

One of the 32 museums that charge no admission for Columbia students, the Queens Museum is a museum, a historic site, a community center, and an educational classroom. “The Panorama of the City of New York” exhibit is compulsory viewing for anyone living in the city: a 9,335 square foot model of the city's 320 square miles and 895,000 buildings. 

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Home to a Columbia Global Center, the six-week intensive Summer Portuguese Program is one of the opportunities available through the Columbia Presidential Global Fellowships for first-year students.

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Harriman Institute on the Columbia campus is one of the world’s leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Recently, the Institute co-sponsored a forum entitled “Uzbekistan in a Time of Uncertainty: Domestic and Regional Challenges.”

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Mumbai, India

The Columbia Global Center - South Asia hosts projects in health and education, as well as distinguished lecture and working paper series which address major issues of the city, country and region.

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Kyoto, Japan

Offered by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his World Leaders Forum discussion, the Columbia University-Japan Study Tour offered 50 undergraduates a ten-day academic visit that included lectures, sightseeing and a host of cross-cultural experiences.

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Yungaburra, Australia

Participate in the School for Field Studies Tropical Rainforest Studies program, one of the many study abroad opportunities available to Columbia students through the Office of Global Programs. The SFS program, open to E3B, Environmental Studies, and DEES students, allows students to both take environmentally-focused courses while simultaneously conducting research on rainforest conditions. 

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Paris, France

Launched in summer 2015, Art Humanities and Music Humanities in Paris is the first time in the Core Curriculum’s history that Core classes have been offered outside of Columbia and includes day trips and interdisciplinary conversations around Paris, utilizing the resources of Columbia Global Center - Europe.

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St. Petersburg, Russia

This past fall, Valery Gergiev, the Director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, spoke with Professor Elaine Sisman, Chair of Music Humanities, in a World Leaders Forum event. Gergiev is also the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Nairobi, Kenya

This Global Center is home to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Centre for East and Southern Africa, which supports and implements the Millennium Villages Project, a venture sponsored by the Earth Institute and the UN Development Programme that aims to eliminate poverty through sustainable practices

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Beijing, China

This global center has developed research and teaching programs in China and the East Asian region, including the Summer Palace Dialogue, an open platform for conversations between leading Chinese and American economists; Studio-X Beijing, a local experimental design and research lab for exploring the future of cities; and the Urban China Initiative, a research program for tackling China’s current urban sustainability challenges. Undergraduate students can use the Center to help find internship opportunities in China.

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Hong Kong, China

The Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program, sponsored by the Center for Career Education, connects students to international opportunities, provides mentorship and support, and enables students to network and build skills in an area of interest. Students in Hong Kong have worked in areas such as consulting and entrepreneurship. The CEO program is held in several cities around the world, including Shanghai, Mumbai, Seoul, Beijing, London, Amman and Singapore.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh

The World Leaders Forum on the Columbia campus hosts prominent world leaders and other international newsmakers for lectures, discussion panels and other events. Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh, participated in a talk “Girls Lead the Way,” co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality.

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Santiago, Chile

A professor from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory recently won a President’s Global Innovation Fund grant to collaborate with this Global Center on volcanic research and mineral resources

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Moscow, Russia

The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund, sponsored by the Center for Career Education, funds College students for internships that foster career exploration and build on their academic experiences. In one instance, an intern worked at the Moscow Times courtesy of the APIF program.

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Roseau, Dominica

The Alternative Break Program through Student Engagement provides programmatic and financial support for students’ community service experiences over fall, spring, or summer breaks. The Caribbean Students Association traveled to the island nation of Dominica to work with students from rural areas, and provide additional support to teachers in the classroom.

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Amman, Jordan

The Columbia University Middle East Research Center hosts an intensive summer program in Arabic for undergraduates as well as research in sustainable development and conflict resolution.

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Trinity Church

Trinity Church, a historic and well-known parish church in Lower Manhattan, is the site of Columbia’s founding; King’s College, established in 1754, held its first classes next door to the church. Alexander Hamilton, a student of King’s College, Founding Father, first Secretary of the Treasury, and the eponym of many Columbia spaces, is buried in the church’s cemetery.

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Alfred Lerner Hall

Lerner is Columbia’s student union, home to Ferris Booth Dining Commons, two cafes, Roone Arledge Auditorium and Cinema, and several conference and multipurpose rooms. It also houses some administrative offices, including the Berick Center for Student Advising.

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The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo (the flagship park of the Wildlife Conservation Society) has hosted many Columbia interns pursuing environmental science, evolutionary biology, education and pre-veterinary tracks. The Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo and contains several well-known exhibits, including the “African Plains” exhibit and the Reptile House.

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Pupin Hall

Home of the Physics department, Pupin has hosted several breakthroughs in modern physics; it is where the uranium atom was first split (for which Pupin a National Historic Landmark) and where Isidor Rabi discovered nuclear magnetic resonance (leading to the laser and the MRI). Pupin is also home to the Rutherford Observatory, which hosts several stargazing events and lectures monthly.

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Bank St. School of Education

Bank Street is a graduate school that focuses on child development and education and is best known for introducing a line of children’s books that focus on diversity.

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Governor's Island

Accessible only by ferry, Governor’s Island is a park open during the warmer months that offers biking trails, athletic fields, concert venues and other event spaces.

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Miller Theatre/Dodge Hall

Dodge Hall, home of the School of the Arts, houses Miller Theatre, a performance space that hosts events in dance, jazz, opera and contemporary music. One of the most popular events is the Composer Portrait series, where several pieces by a particular composer are performed on one night.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a renowned museum which contains collections of art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Well-known pieces include Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington, Vincent Van Gogh’s Cypresses, Caravaggio’s The Musiciansand Jackson Pollack’s Autumn Rhythm. Columbia students often attend the Met as part of their Art Humanities classes.

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Low Library

Low Library was the first Columbia building on the Morningside Heights campus and boasts the largest free-standing granite dome in the United States. It is home to the Visitors Center and administrative offices, including President Bollinger's office, and the Pulitzer Prize ceremony is held in the Rotunda annually.

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Riverside Park

Part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Riverside Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and expanded by Robert Moses. In addition to Grant’s Tomb, Riverside is home to several recreational facilities (notably a kayak launch at 79th Street) and other monuments.

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Tom's Restaurant

Tom's, notable locally for its milkshakes, was featured both as an exterior in Seinfeld and in Suzanne Vega's song, Tom's Diner.

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American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is home to famous exhibits such as the “habitat dioramas” of African, Asian and North American mammals, a 62-foot Haida carved canoe from the Pacific Northwest, a full-size blue whale model, and the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world. Many Columbia students have taken advantage of the museum’s extensive internship opportunities in earth science, astrophysics and anthropology.

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Northwest Corner Building

The newest building on Columbia’s campus, the Northwest Corner Building (or “NoCo”) is home to interdisciplinary science and engineering laboratories, classrooms and faculty offices, as well as an integrated science library and a student favorite café, Joe Coffee. NoCo is a LEED Gold-certified building.

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Chelsea Market

Originally the factory where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced, Chelsea Market is renowned for its varied food offerings—everything from artisanal cheese to seafood to coffee! The Market is also a part of New York’s “Silicon Alley,” a technology and social media hub for companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook.

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John Jay

John Jay is one of the first-year residence halls and includes a dining hall, a late-night eatery and a student lounge with a piano. John Jay also served as training quarters for US Navy midshipmen during the Second World War; they were required to refer to it as the “U.S.S. John Jay.” Famous residents have included actress Julia Stiles and former New York State Governor David Paterson.

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Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Run by NASAthe Goddard Institute focuses on climate change research (including analysis based on spacecraft observations).

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Apollo Theater

One of the oldest and best-known music halls in the country, the Apollo Theater launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill and many others. Columbia has partnered with the Apollo for an oral history project, preserving the stories of this prominent Harlem landmark.

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Dodge Fitness Center

Dodge Fitness Center, located underground next to Low Library, contains the Levien Gymnasium (basketball courts), the University Gym (a multipurpose space), Uris Pool, the tri-level physical fitness center, an indoor running track, squash and handball courts, other training facilities and athletics department offices.

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Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, is an iconic symbol of New York, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Bridge is the final stop on Professor Ken Jackson’s famed nighttime bike ride for his course, The History of the City of New York.

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St. Paul's Chapel

Columbia’s nondenominational chapel features sixteen stained glass windows with the coats of arms of historical New York families. 

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El Taller Latino Americano

El Taller is a community-based nonprofit arts and education center focusing on bringing Latin American culture to New Yorkers through programs in art, dance, language and music.

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Riverside Church

This church, the tallest in the United States, has hosted Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan for notable speeches.

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Rockefeller Center

A set of buildings located between 48th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center is best known as the home to NBCStudios (including Saturday Night Live), Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room restaurant, the ice skating rink and the annual Christmas Tree lighting. This area was the home of Columbia for the second half of the nineteenth century, before the move to Morningside Heights in 1897.

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Mudd Hall

Mudd Hall is home to many departments of The Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Science. The benefactor of Mudd Hall, Seeley G. Mudd (a SEAS graduate), donated to over 30 colleges and universities—each of which has a Seeley G. Mudd building—but Columbia’s Mudd Hall is the only one named for his father, Seeley W. Mudd.

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The High Line

The High Line is an urban park resulting from the repurposing of a former elevated freight railway. An integration of environmental sustainability, design and engineering principles, governmental collaboration, thoughtful redevelopment and artistic pieces, the High Line has featured the work of Professor Sarah Sze from the Department of Visual Arts.

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Harley-Wallach

Hartley and Wallach Halls are first-year residence halls and home to the Living Learning Center, a mixed-class community with dynamic programming. Famous former residents include poet Langston Hughes and writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

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Hungarian Pastry Shop

In this neighborhood institution well-known for its pastries and coffee, Columbia students and faculty have been working on novels and holding office hours for over forty years. Woody Allen has also featured it in several of his movies!

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Sundial

A popular meeting place for students, the Sundial was originally a functioning sundial with a giant granite sphere.

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Central Park

New York’s most famous park, Central Park is home to the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle, the Loeb Boathouse, several famous sculptures and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a popular jogging path. Recently, Professor Nan Rothschild uncovered the remnants of Seneca Village—the first community of African American property owners in New York—which predated the construction of the park.

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Havemeyer Hall

Havemeyer is home to the Chemistry Department. Room 309, a classic-looking lecture hall, is known as the “most filmed classroom in America.” It appears in the moviesGhostbustersMona Lisa SmileKinseyMalcolm X and the Spider-Man trilogy.

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Earth Institute

The Earth Institute examines issues of sustainable development and socioeconomic experiences through research in sustainable energy, earth engineering, climate systems and geology at a variety of research centers (including the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory).

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Grant's Tomb

Do you know who’s buried there? This landmark, perhaps best known as prelude to a punchline, is the second largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere.

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Madison Square Garden

“The World’s Most Famous Arena,” MSG is home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers as well as to concerts and other events. Columbia Engineering students have partnered with Turner Construction during the renovations of MSG to learn more about structural renovations.

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Schermerhorn Hall

Schermerhorn is home to several departments, including AnthropologyArt History and ArcheologyE3B (Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology) and Psychology. Thomas Hunt Morgan, the first Nobel Prize winner in Medicine for genetics research, conducted his mutation experiments here. 

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Columbia University Medical Center

Home to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing and the Mailman School of Public Health, CUMC offers a variety of internship and shadowing opportunities for Columbia undergraduates. Prominent faculty at CUMC include Richard Axel ‘67CCEric KandelMehmet Oz and Siddhartha Mukherjee.

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Furnald

Furnald is one of the first-year residence halls and consists largely of singles. During World War II, naval officers in training took residence here, and the hall also housed graduate students and seniors at various points. Famous past residents include Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.

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Firehouse of Engine Company 47

This building is one of the oldest in the neighborhood, having been constructed in 1889 when most of Morningside Heights was still farmland. There is an identically designed firehouse in Greenwich Village, and several other similar firehouses throughout the city.

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Alma Mater

Alma Mater sits proudly in front of Low Library and was sculpted by Daniel Chester French, a renowned sculptor best known for the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. A "sister sculpture" modeled after Columbia's version sits at the University of Havana in Cuba. Legend has it that the first-year student who first locates the "hidden owl" will become the class valedictorian!

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Carnegie Hall

There are more ways to get to Carnegie Hall, a preeminent performance space, than just practicing. Students can purchase reduced price tickets through the TIC, run by the Columbia University Arts Initative, or participate in the Columbia Arts Experience internship program; previous interns have worked at Carnegie Hall in marketing and administration.

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Buell Hall

The oldest building on the Morningside Heights campus (predating even Columbia’s existence), Buell is home to La Maison Francaise, the oldest French cultural center on an American campus.

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The United Nations

The headquarters of the United Nations brings together delegates from 193 countries to discuss issues of peace, justice and economic and social well being. Students from Columbia participate in the UN’s internship program, and heads of state are invited to speak on campus through the World Leaders Forum program.

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Butler Library

Butler is the main library on Columbia’s campus. The “Raven Mantel,” from the farmhouse where Edgar Allen Poe wrote his famous poem, sits on the sixth floor.

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Manhattan School of Music

MSM is a classical and jazz music conservatory that claims Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick Jr., Elliot Goldenthal and several Metropolitan Opera soloists as alumni.

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Baker Athletics Complex

Go Columbia Lions! The Baker Athletics Complex is the home for Columbia outdoor sports; it encompasses Kraft Field at Wien Stadium, Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, the Softball Field, the Soccer Stadium, The Remmer and 1929 Boathouses, the Chrystie Field House, the Savitt Tennis Center and the Campbell Sports Center, which offers state-of-the-art facilities for athletes and coaches. Shuttle busses run frequently for student athletes and for fans on game day.

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Hamilton Hall

Home to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Hamilton Hall also hosts the Office of the Columbia College Dean, the Core Curriculum office, and several humanities departments. The lobby contains 19th-century Tiffany stained glass windows which depict Lit Hum authors Virgil and Sophocles and were originally in the library on Columbia's midtown campus.

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Lincoln Center

See a variety of performances here through Music Humanities or the Arts Initiative, as Lincoln Center is home to the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. The Juilliard Schoolwhich hosts an exchange program with Columbia, is also found here.

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Carman

Carman is one of the first-year residence halls and consists entirely of doubles in four-person suites. Famous former residents include Eric Holder, the former Attorney General of the United States, and songwriter-musician Art Garfunkel.

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Morningside Park

Morningside Park was also designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and includes several memorial statues (including one of Lafayette and Washington by Frederic Bartholdi, who also designed the Statue of Liberty), a waterfall and pond, and the New York City Daffodil Project, a September 11th memorial.

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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

An “unfinished” architectural wonder, St. John’s annually hosts the festival of St. Francis, where animals of all sizes are blessed.

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