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The Global Scholars Program allows Columbia undergraduates to spend the spring semester and summer of their Junior year abroad conducting customized research projects.

The Columbia Global Scholars Program (GSP) offers highly motivated students of diverse disciplines the opportunity to investigate issues from a global perspective.  The program carries out various projects an summer workshops around the world. 

Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai Program (2012)

The inaugural Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop was organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers and the Office of Global Programs. Professor Guobin Yang, a sociologist of China, and Professor Robert Barnett, a political scientist and historian of Tibet led eleven undergraduates through a six-week in-country research study and workshop through Beijing, Shanghai, and Mumbai on the theme of Environment and Urbanization in Asia. This immersive program provided students the opportunity to learn about field research methodologies in a comparative, cross-cultural environment. Students visited non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, and historical and environmental sites while taking part in a series of lectures featuring leading professionals in the field. Upon return, students will take a capstone seminar based on their summer research experience and will conduct in-depth, comparative analysis of Asian environmental conditions. This unique model of scholarship provides undergraduate students the opportunity to gain firsthand research experience, in collaboration with Columbia faculty, in subjects of transnational importance from a comparative perspective across several locations.

Beijing, China, and Santiago, Chile Program (2013)

The Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop 2013 is organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Office of Global Programs. Professor Pablo Pinto, a political scientist of Latin America, Professor Zhang Xiaodan, a sociologist of China, and Professor Xiaobo Lu, a political scientist of China, will lead fifteen undergraduates through a six-week in-country research study and workshop through Beijing and Santiago on the theme of "Pathways to Development". The Beijing section will be co-organized by Columbia Global Centers|East Asia.

Students will explore how politics, economics, labor, and other transnational issues influence development in real-world settings. Students will visit non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, and historical and environmental sites while taking part in a series of lectures featuring leading professionals in the field. Upon return, participants will take a capstone seminar based on their summer research experience and will conduct in-depth, comparative analysis focusing on various aspects of development in Asia and South America. This unique model of scholarship provides undergraduate students the opportunity to gain firsthand research experience, in collaboration with Columbia faculty, in subjects of transnational importance from a comparative perspective.

Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing Program (2014)

The 2014 Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop "Contemporary Cities of Eurasia: Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing" offers students the opportunity to participate in a comparative learning, research-oriented program in Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing.

The 2014 program is centered on the theme of “Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia.”  Students will explore the histories, cultures, built environments and lived spaces of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Mongolia and China through travel and site visits to major cities of the “Eastern Bloc.” Students travel from Berlin to Beijing, including a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing, under the guidance of Columbia faculty members Charles Armstrong and Catharine Nepomnyashchy.  Students will investigate how the common problems of urban life in the twentieth century were addressed in the USSR and societies influenced by the Soviet model, and how the collapse of state socialism in the Soviet bloc and its transformation in China have shaped the development of cities there in the twenty-first century.  Students will enroll in the spring 2014 Global Seminar "Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia" prior to departure.  During the summer seminar, they will prepare a significant research paper, presenting their findings in the last week of the course.

Paris Program 

Based at Columbia Global Centers | Europe in Paris (CGC|E), the program encourages students to delve into another society and culture as they pursue their own projects, test their own goals against other peoples’ educational and intellectual systems, and develop a range of research, language, and networking skills to help them in this innovative intellectual endeavor. The GSP curriculum is designed to enable students to conduct individual research projects during the spring and summer semesters of their junior year.  The program, the first of its kind at Columbia, takes place during the spring and summer semesters.  The GSP for academic year 2013 is now recruiting students.

Selected Columbia students spend the spring semester of their junior year in Paris.  They attend classes in French and English in the French University system with tutor support.  They also participate in skills-building workshops at CGC|E in order learn how to conduct and present research.

The centerpiece of the program during the spring semester is the Colloquium, co-taught in English by the resident Columbia faculty member for the GSP at CGC|E, in cooperation with visiting foreign and Columbia scholars. The Colloquium for Spring 2013 is “Jazz Music in a Global Context.” Drawing on their disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and knowledge, students explore the multifaceted framework of jazz: artistic, historical, anthropological, sociological, political, and literary.  

In this program, each student conducts an independent research project under the immediate supervision of the resident Columbia faculty member for the GSP, in collaboration with a formal advisor from the student’s departmental or interdisciplinary major or area of concentration. This advising team guides students through research and writing, and it helps them establish contacts with appropriate specialists and research facilities in Europe. Students define their research projects at CGC|E during the spring term of 2013.  They conduct their research in Europe in the summer term.  The project culminates in a 25-page paper in English presented the following fall to faculty and students at Columbia University. This project can be further developed into a senior thesis in one’s department and discipline.

In the year after graduation, GSP helps interested students obtain internships abroad on issues related to their research and professional interests, forming a kind of fifth year of study.