The Columbia University Summer Session takes a unique and immersive approach to learning, offering curated educational, social, and cultural experiences to connect students with each other and Columbia faculty as well as to explore New York landmarks and institutions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Broadway. Immerse yourself in our signature experiential learning approach.
Watch your syllabus come to life in New York City, a global hub of innovation, the arts, and business. From course-related movie screenings to closed museum tours just for Columbians, students will experience New York’s iconic landmarks and cultural institutions—with a scholarly perspective. Courses on the arts, from Shakespeare to Off-Broadway to religion and hip hop, come alive during university-organized visits to one of New York’s 1,000+ art galleries, 40+ theaters, and countless cultural sites and television and film sets. Learn more about the discounted fares and free admission Columbia students can access on their own time.
Explore New York City
- Boat Cruise: Have lunch on a private boat as we tour the perimeter of Manhattan and get a special view of the Statue of Liberty.
- The National September 11 Memorial Museum: Visit this breathtaking memorial and historic site.
- Broadway: Experience the magic of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway—flying carpet and all!
- ARTECHOUSE NYC: Art and technology meet in this one of a kind experience showcasing data to create beautifully imagery through massive projections.
- LGBTQ+ History Tour of NYC: Make meaning of the landmarks that have sustained the LGBTQ community of New York for decades.
- Mets Baseball: Nothing says summer more than an afternoon at the ballpark. Watch our home team win a game and enjoy some complimentary popcorn.
Explore Career Options
Make the most of your summer by exploring the city and your career options. We are pleased to offer our visiting students the Career Design Workshop series. Summer visiting students will receive exclusive access to career planning resources through the School of Professional Studies’ Career Design Lab.
Gain access to unique lectures given by our world-class faculty and other special campus events where you can network and build community. Attend unique Summer Session lectures by some of our renowned faculty:
- Dr. Paul Olsen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), The Earth Institute
- Jonathan Weiner, Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism,
- Columbia Journalism School
- Dr. Josef Sorrett, Professor and Chair, Department of Religion; Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
- Dr. Steve Safier, Program Director and Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Capital Management
- Dr. Jack McGourty, Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School
Each summer, individuals from virtually every region, background, and level of education converge on Columbia’s campus to enrich their lives through learning, creating countless opportunities to meet new people with similar—or different—interests. Co-curricular events such as welcome socials, panel discussions, group trips to sporting events, and screenings provide countless ways to bond with fellow passionate students from around the world. Summer Session students range from Columbia and Barnard undergraduates fulfilling degree requirements, to professionals taking a course to refine a skill, to visiting graduate and undergraduate students from other institutions across the U.S. and around the world.
Unique to the Columbia Summer Session is the Career Design Workshop for visiting students. In the workshop, students get access to best-in-class strategies for building a strong professional portfolio—resumes, cover letters, and professional networks. Facilitated by recruitment expert Steve Safier, Ph.D., Director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Human Capital Management program, participants will learn interview techniques, tools to enhance likeability, and professional presentation. Students will walk away with the materials necessary to land their dream job and/or prepare for the school application process.
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