Columbia students have studied in over 70 countries.
Where will you go?
The International Programs office assists Columbia students in accessing independent study abroad options worldwide. Students interested in a country, time frame or subject not offered by Columbia programming may seek approval to study with a program provider, US university with a program abroad, or with a foreign university.
Students interested in an Independent Study Abroad must follow the process laid out in Columbia's Step Sheet for Study Abroad. The International Programs office is the first step in the process and can help guide students through studying abroad with an independent provider. The International Programs Office is the only place to get the Columbia College Study Abroad Agreement which is required for students who wish to receive credit at Columbia or use student financial aid processed by the college.
Students interested in completing an Independent Study Abroad should contact the International Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.369.7726 to get information and the proper approval paperwork.
To get you started, here are some helpful links:
- Starting research for independent study abroad programs is made simple by using these search engines:
- Print this worksheet to budget for study abroad and compare expenses for different programs: Costs to Consider when Comparing Studying Abroad Programs
- Reference the US Department of State's Study Abroad Information regarding official documents and governmental travel recommendations: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/
- Check out blogs from other students abroad on the National Geographic sponsored website: http://glimpse.org/