About the Paris Center

Reid Hall: The Home of the Paris Center

Columbia Global Centers | Paris - Reid Hall Courtyard

Columbia Global Centers | Paris at Reid Hall in Paris is part of a network of Centers established by Columbia University in the City of New York in pursuit of its mission to expand Columbia into a global university by engaging across borders and across disciplines.

Located in the heart of Montparnasse, Reid Hall over the past century has hosted international undergraduate and graduate programs, welcoming over 800 students per year. It has also played a significant role in trans-Atlantic cultural relationships by organizing lecture series, conferences, and artistic performances. 

Today, Columbia Global Centers | Paris both continues its heritage of French-American cultural exchange and launches a new generation of programs focusing on Europe.

In pursuit of this mission, our Center:

  • Creates new programs that explore the consequences of globalization
  • Encourages Columbia faculty to teach classes, lead international workshops, give conferences, and pursue their research
  • Facilitates the delivery of Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Europe
  • Establishes partnerships with French and European educational and cultural institutions as well as with scholars
  • Offers artists throughout the globe a forum to share their work with a diverse public

Columbia Global Centers | Paris both continues its heritage of French-American cultural exchange and launches a new generation of programs focusing on Europe.

There are currently nine Columbia Global Centers operating in Amman, Beijing, Mumbai, Paris, Istanbul, Nairobi, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, and Tunis. The centers encourage new relationships across schools, institutes, and academic departments at Columbia. Attuned to the priorities and unique circumstances of its host region, each center leverages the University’s diverse intellectual capacities from across the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, and pursues a set of university-wide core activities that evolve over time based on the active engagement of faculty and students. The centers help increase international content in the classroom; supplement the curriculum with international study abroad, internship opportunities, and course offerings; provide resources needed to attract students from abroad; facilitate research opportunities for Columbia students and faculty on globally relevant, interdisciplinary topics; and provide a point of ongoing engagement for international alumni.

Functioning as a network, the global centers encourage teaching and research that require working across disciplinary boundaries, having a presence in multiple regions, and engaging non-Columbia experts and scholars from those regions. Some of the centers’ programs and research initiatives are country-specific, some regional, and an increasing number are multi-regional, even global. The network is in its infancy, and each center has started by building strong links with universities and institutions in its respective region. The long-term ambition is that many programs will have a global reach and involve multiple centers in the network engaged in truly global conversations.