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Some academic departments at Columbia have created study abroad programs specific to their concentrations.  These programs usually run in the J-session and summer and are open to all Columbia students.  To find out more about these programs, reference the information below and contact the departments directly.

Beginning Fall 2013, all students applying to participate in a Faculty-led Program will be required to pay an application fee.

Faculty interested in proposing new international programs, visit this page in IRIS for proposal forms, guides and workbooks.



Paris Study, Creative Writing

January 5 - 19, 2014 

Writing Abroad | 55-4413J | 4 credits
Writing Abroad | 55-5413J | 3 credits

Instructor: Kathie Bergquist
While exploring the work of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, James Baldwin, Jamaica Kincaid and others, and through deep interaction with the city of Paris and its rich literary heritage, students have the opportunity to experience firsthand life as a creative writer abroad, to see their work in the context of other writers works, and to examine the personal and social contexts for creativity. Class time and specific writing assignments will be supplemented by cultural field trips exploring the literary history of Paris.

Site visits: include a city tour and walking tour of Hemingway's Paris, including lunch at a literary cafe, a trip to the famous Pere LeChaise cemetery (final resting place of Jim Morrison, Balzac, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde and many more), a visit to the Carnavalet museum of Paris history, and a jazz club outing.

Contacts: Kathie Bergquist (kbergquist@colum.edu) or Elizabeth Yokas (eyokas@colum.edu)
For more information: http://colum.edu/paris

Mexican Culture and the Arts

January 5 - 25, 2014
Mexican Culture and Arts: Study in Mexico | 51-1390 | 3 credits | GA HU
Spanish levels I-IV and Spanish for Heritage Speakers | 4 credits 
Instructors: RoseAnna Mueller and faculty from the Kukulcan Spanish Educational Community
Mexican Culture and Arts: Study in Mexico is an interdisciplinary humanities course in the rich and diverse contribution of the art, music and literature and film of Mexico, to be held in Cuernavaca at the Kukulkan Educational Community. The arts of Mexico have been acknowledged worldwide, and Cuernavaca, located one and one half hours from Mexico City with its many museums, provides an ideal setting for fostering an appreciation of Mexican history, literature, music, dance, folklore and film. Students will learn the terminology essential to describe, interpret, and explain these arts in the context of Mexican culture and will enrich their cultural knowledge through living with host families. Students will also take 4 credits of Spanish language courses taught by native speaker faculty from the Kukulcan Spanish Educational Community. You do not need to know Spanish to take part in this program. You will be placed at the appropriate level after you take a placement test on-line and an oral test on arrival.
Contacts: RoseAnna Mueller (rmueller@colum.edu) or Oscar Valdez (ovaldez@colum.edu)
For more information: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Humanities_History_and_Social_Sciences/hhss-study-abroad.php

Rome Studies: Creative Writing and AEMM

January 4 - 18, 2014 (Classes run January 6 – 17)
Topics in Writing Abroad: Rome | 55-4412J (undergrad) | 3 credits
Topics in Writing Abroad: Rome | 55-5512J (graduate) | 3 credits
Instructor:  Randy Albers
This J-session course offers an intensive two-week immersion in Rome’s literature, art, history, and culture. Students read fiction and nonfiction by noted authors, visit major sites such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, Roman Forum, Pompeii, and churches as well as museums and places associated with noted authors. Students will participate in writing workshops at Lorenzo d’ Medici and write journal entries and reading responses leading to an extended story, essay, or digital project, which may be done in collaboration with students from the AEMM department. The course applies to the spring schedule and is open to all students.
Special Topics: Exhibition Management: International Perspectives | 28-4178J (undergrad) | 3 credits
Special Topics: Exhibition Management: International Perspectives | 28-5178J (grad) | 3 credits 
Instructor:  Robert Blandford

Students will investigate exhibitions in museums, commercial galleries, and cultural sites in and around Rome. Through first-hand observation, research, and reflection, students will analyze differing approaches to curatorial direction, exhibition design and production, interpretative methodologies, use of technology, and marketing and communication strategies. Particular attention will be paid to developing exhibitions for multinational, multicultural, and multilingual audiences as well as similarities and differences to American exhibition models.

Site visits include museums such as the Vatican Museum, Capitoline Museum, Borghese, Gallery Maxxi (designed by Zaha Hadid), the National Museum of Art from the 21st century, Macro: Museum of Contemporary Art; cultural sites including the Roman Forum, Pompeii, churches and historic sites; and leading commercial galleries.

Contacts: AEMM - Robert Blandford (rblandford@colum.edu), Creative Writing - Randy Albers (ralbers@colum.edu) or Elizabeth Yokas (eyokas@colum.edu)
For more information: www.colum.edu/rome

Travel Writing in Peru

January 6 - 24, 2014
Travel Writing: Peru | 53-2545J | 3 credits
Instructors: Elio Leturia and Teresa Puente
Three-credit journalism elective course open to all majors in the college, offered during the J-Term session from January 6-24, 2014. It was previously offered in January 2010. This three-week course spends two weeks in Peru (Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu) and the final week in Chicago. Since Peru is in the southern hemisphere it is summer there. Peru follows Eastern Standard Time, so there is not jet lag. In this course, students write stories, create a blog, take photos and produce multimedia packages.
Contacts: Elio Leturia (eleturia@colum.edu) or Teresa Puente (tpuente@colum.edu)


Prague Study, Creative Writing

June 19 - July 24, 2014
Courses Include: Advanced Fiction, Dreams and Fiction Writing, CRW: Kafka, CRW: European Writers, Story and Journal, and others, depending on interest. Prerequisites may be waived. 4-8 undergraduate credits; 3-6 graduate credits
Instructors: Ann Hemenway, Eric May, Elizabeth Yokas, and other instructors TBD.

This intensive 6-week session offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in European culture and history as they expand their horizons, worldview, and creativity in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Students live and study in conveniently located housing accessible to cultural attractions, shops, restaurants, and transportation. Students will have ample time to take advantage of Prague’s central location for weekend travel to major European cities. Tours, museums, and visits to cultural attractions compliment course studies.

Contacts: Elizabeth Yokas (eyokas@colum.edu)
For more information: www.colum.edu/prague


Photography Studies Abroad: Southeast Asia

A 3-week Summer Program- This program has cancelled due to low enrollment.
Photography Studies Abroad: Southeast Asia | 23-2718 (undergrad)
Photography Studies Abroad: Southeast Asia | 23-6791 (graduate)
Instructors: Liz Chilsen

This is an intensive course, designed for students with a sense of adventure and a commitment to international exploration. We will spend 3 weeks in two of Asia's top urban centers: Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (called Saigon by many). Our goal is to fully experience both the vibrant diversity of Singapore, which was recently dubbed Asia’s ‘Art Hub’, as well as the rich history of Vietnam which has a unique relationship to the United States. Course activities will include site-visits to cultural institutions, museums and artists’ studios, meetings with local artists and curators, workshops and tours. Students will complete assigned readings and active discussions on multiple topics. The class is taught in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Students from the two countries will travel and work together. Students will also collaborate to produce photography-based projects based on their interests. The work will be presented in exhibition in Singapore and Chicago. Acceptance is based on student’s submission of an application. Pre-requisite Foundations of Photo, 23-1111, or comparable experience. Students who have not taken 23-1111, contact Liz Chilsen.

Contacts: Liz Chilsen (echilsen@colum.edu) or Laura Bauknecht (lbauknecht@colum.edu)
For more information: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Photography/Study_Abroad/index.php


Photography Studies Abroad: The Netherlands

A 3-week Summer Program- This program has cancelled due to low enrollment.
Photography Studies Abroad: The Netherlands | 23-2717 (undergrad)
Photography Studies Abroad: The Netherlands | 23-6792 (graduate)
Instructors: Peter Fitzpatrick

This is an intensive course, designed for students with a sense of adventure and a commitment to international exploration. Students will spend approximately three weeks creating a portfolio of work in the Netherlands. On route to the longest running school of photography in the Netherlands, the Fotovakschool, students will stop off in London to visit iconic galleries such as the Tate Modern and Photographer’s Gallery. The group will then board a fast speed train from London to Brussels where they will spend time viewing the collection at the Fondation A Stichting among other galleries. Once arriving in the Netherlands the group will spend two weeks of photography tuition under the guidance of Columbia College and Fotovakschool faculty. Students will have the opportunity to work with their Dutch colleagues as they learn about location photography skills in the port city of Rotterdam and art center of Amsterdam. Students will also learn about Dutch historical and contemporary photography practice at such institutions as Foam Gallery and Netherlands Fotomuseum. Acceptance is based on student’s submission of an application. Pre-requisite Foundations of Photo, 23-1111, or comparable experience. Students who have not taken 23-1111, contact: pfitzpatrick@colum.edu

Contacts: Laura Bauknecht (lbauknecht@colum.edu)
For more information: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Photography/Study_Abroad/index.php


Marketing Communication Prague Study Abroad Program 

May 26 – June 27, 2014
Courses include: 54-2550: Global Marketing, this six-credit program will count as department or College electives, and satisfies the Global Awareness requirement.
Instructors: Tom Hamilton and Sandra Kumorowski

The Marketing Communication Department is once again excited to offer a study abroad program during Summer 2013 where students learn to apply marketing principles to real life situations. Students will have the unique opportunity to work on a marketing strategy project for an existing client of DraftFCB Prague, a Chicago-based advertising agency.  

In addition to working with the ad agency, students will attend a workshop at Diplomatic Academy taught by Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, network with Czech marketing professionals, Partner with students from the University of Economics in Prague to work on a local non-profit marketing campaign and visit many multinationals located in Prague like Microsoft and AXA Insurance Company. They may have a chance to acquire future internships through the Prague program networks. You will also visit several culturally significant sites to learn about the history and experiences of the Czech citizens.

The program is a five-week marketing and cultural study course taught by Columbia College faculty with many international guest speakers. This six-credit program can count towards a department elective or College elective, and satisfies the Global Awareness credit requirement.

Students and Faculty stay in a four star Hotel Clement  in the city centre close to cultural, historic and tourist sites. Please attend an informational meeting offered several times during the Fall and Spring semesters for more details and follow us on Facebook.

Contacts: Tom Hamiliton (thamilton@colum.edu) or Sandra Kumorowski (skumorowski@colum.edu)
For more information: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Marketing_Communication/Prague_Study_Abroad.php

Columbia College Summer in Florence

July July 3- August 1, 2014

Courses are taught by CCC faculty hosted in the facilities of Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM).  The Scuola is located in Florence in ten buildings (totaling 4800 square meters) in the historic city center next to the thriving San Lorenzo market and church, and close to transport facilities. Florence’s unique architectural masterpiece, il Duomo is within a few minutes’ walk. Together, the LdM buildings contain a full range of facilities including numerous classrooms and large specialized art studios, a cafeteria, a courtyard garden, a library, and a computer center.

The main LdM building in Florence is situated on Via Faenza and dates back to the 13th century. It originated as a convent connected to a medieval church, San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini. This church, now deconsecrated was founded in 1206 and for its first hundred years belonged to the Knights Templar.

Contact: International Programs (aiipoffice@colum.edu)
 For more information: Summer in Florence

African Diaspora-Study Abroad

5-week Summer Session August 1-29 that culminates with the 3-week tour August 15-29, 2014

Study Abroad students focus on the history and significant Ghanaian cultural groups (e.g. Akan, Guan, Ga, and Ew) prior to organization into pre-selected course clusters in Ghana (Arts and Craft, Culture and History, and Music and Dance.) Each group will be partnered with arts and/or specialists from their selected emphasis. Local historians, drummer, dancers, weavers, and other artists will work hands on with Study Abroad participants at each regional site. Course includes four (4) mandatory in-class sessions before the trip. Participants present final project in Ghana, West Africa.


Robert Hanserd, Ph.D.
Lecturer of History
624 South Michigan Ave, 1300-Q
Columbia College Chicago

 For more information: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Humanities_History_and_Social_Sciences/hhss-study-abroad.php