of Columbia students are the first generation in their families to go to college
Columbia is a global university in the world’s most international city. If you look at any aspect of our community, you will see that our students are engaged both academically and experientially with the larger world. You and your classmates and professors come from all over the globe. In fact, 17% of our students are international, and over 150 countries are represented on campus. Furthermore, there are about 50 languages available to study at Columbia, and about 180 are spoken by New York City residents.
There are nearly 200 study abroad programs administered by Columbia’s Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement. In addition to those, there are summer programs, fellowship and global field studies that are part of classes or research projects. Columbia also has a network of Global Centers in places such as Mumbai, Beijing and Paris and special programs at universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Sciences Po. Then there is the Columbia Experience Overseas program that enables students to have summer internships abroad in places like Istanbul and Singapore, to cite just a few examples.
You do not even have to leave campus to actively engage with international issues. Approximately 20 World Leaders Forum events happen each year, bringing newsmakers to campus for lively dialogue. Past participants have included Ban Ki-moon, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama. Then there are organizations that give undergraduates the chance to interact with distinguished scholars and practitioners on issues of global significance, such as the Committee on Global Thought.
Just as is true of the city we are part of, the world comes to Columbia. And our students have limitless opportunities to engage with it in meaningful, life-changing ways.