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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sounds of Summer Fest features up-and-coming New York City artists curated across genres to enjoy in an on-campus performance.
Students are invited to attend Broadway shows throughout the summer, with a variety of performances and dates to suit all tastes.
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.
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