Explore, Experience, and Engage

Explore, Experience, and Engage

The Columbia Summer Session offers students the unique opportunity to foster academic, cultural, and career experiences as they advance their studies in the classroom. Through co-curricular learning, students can experience the vibrancy of campus life, amid the energy of New York City.

New York City Is Your Lab for Learning

The Columbia University Summer Session takes a unique approach to learning. It offers curated educational, social, and cultural experiences to connect students with each other and Columbia faculty, as well as organized visits to New York City landmarks and institutions. Students are encouraged to attend special lectures, activities and social events on campus, as well as participate in city-wide excursions to Broadway, historic sites, and cruises, among others. A roundup of past activities and events include guided movie screenings and museum trips with faculty; panel discussions; a live concert series, Broadway trips, and more.

Professor Olsen and Jonathan Weiner.
Olsen and Weiner presenting in front of a screen.
A student asking a question with a microphone.
Do Dinosaurs Still Hold Dominion?

Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Paul Olsen, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Journalism School Professor Jonathan Weiner held an unforgettable discussion with students on the history and relevance of dinosaurs today, followed by a screening of Jurassic World: Dominion.

Jack McGourty speaking with attendees.
Jack McGourty, Ph.D., and guest Stephanie Mehta
Stephanie Mehta speaking with attendees
Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

Professor Jack McGourty, Ph.D., adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School, and guest Stephanie Mehta, CEO and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures, parent of Inc. and Fast Company, engaged in a far-reaching conversation and Q&A with students about the many dimensions of entrepreneurship—and what drives entrepreneurial success.

The Career Design Lab logo shown over a NYC cityscape
Career Skills and Exploration

Unique to the Columbia Summer Session is the Summer Career Design Workshop. Students receive robust and practical career coaching, from interview and resume writing, to advice on building your own personal brand, including social media guidance and time with a professional photographer for a polished LinkedIn headshot. 

Students inside Ellis Island
Experiential Learning

Enhanced experiential events allow students to interact with Columbia faculty and explore New York landmarks and institutions—from Ellis Island  to Broadway, and from museums to medicine—through an academic perspective. Guided by university scholars, students can tour cultural landmarks and explore the University’s state-of-the-art science research facilities.

Performers at Sounds of Summer
Attendees with t-shirts at Sounds of Summer
Performers and the crowd at Sounds of Summer
Sounds of Summer Fest

The Sounds of Summer Fest features up-and-coming New York City artists curated across genres to enjoy in an on-campus performance.

Broadway at night
For Theater Kids

Students are invited to attend Broadway shows throughout the summer, with a variety of performances and dates to suit all tastes.

Three students in front of the Met
Students on a boat tour looking at the Statue of Liberty
Two students walking in Central Park
Exploring NYC

From its landmark cultural sites—1,000+ art galleries, 300+ films, 40+ theaters—to financial institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange and historic sites like the Statue of Liberty, New York City is a global hub for go-getters who learn by doing. Your Columbia ID gives you access to perks around the city.

Students in front of the Statue of Liberty
Two students seated at desks in class
Three students taking a selfie in front of Butler Library.
Have a Social Summer

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