Student Lounge

Welcome to the Paris Center's virtual student lounge where you will find the latest news and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Expanded Global Locations for Learning & Engagement

Envisioned by President Lee C. Bollinger in 2009, the Columbia Global Centers connect the local with the global by providing opportunities for shared learning and dialogue. The Centers’ impactful, collaborative programming maximizes engagement among the University’s faculty, students, and alumni to address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

Never has the mission been more important than now, and never has the unique, networked structure of the worldwide Global Centers proved more prescient.

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Columbia Global Centers as Regional Hubs

The existing nine Columbia Global Centers—located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Santiago, and Tunis—will serve as “regional hubs” for students. They will provide physical meeting locations that Columbia schools will use to host rewarding in-person academic experiences, together with their peers, designed to complement their individual online coursework. Beyond gathering for targeted seminar discussions or short course / block weeks, these regional hubs will foster social opportunities, local network development, and cohort building–activities that will contribute to students’ overall Columbia experience and connection to one another.

Our Centers will have advanced technology and audio-visual equipment, and will be reconfigured to offer students the ability to practice physical distancing. All Centers have large meeting spaces, strong wi-fi, proximity to public transportation and parking, and the ability to augment existing capacity by leveraging their extensive partner networks for additional shared common spaces, local facilities, and nearby hotels.

As part of our enhanced set-up, we will support Columbia’s campus-based “HyFlex” model. Centers have the appropriately trained staff and the technical capacity to engage in live, online conversations and interactions, with onsite cameras, microphones, speakers, and in-room projection / displays to support student and faculty in-person needs.


Virtual Internships

Congratulations from the Columbia Global Centers on completing such a challenging semester!
To support students’ summer experiences, the network of nine Columbia Global Centers around the world has identified virtual internships throughout their partner networks. Despite travel restrictions you can still have a global virtual internship for Summer 2020. It is not too late!

What are “virtual internships”?
Virtual internships are meaningful summer experiences for students to support a variety of projects at organizations (businesses, NGOs, universities, research centers, etc.) across the globe, directly from their home. Columbia students can apply to any virtual internship across the Global Centers network. In general, internships will last from mid-June to the end of August.

What virtual internships are available and where?
The list of available virtual internships is being constantly updated with new opportunities. CLICK HERE for the most updated list of available internships. (Sign in with your UNI – this list will be continuously updated with new opportunities, so be sure to check back regularly.)

How do I express an interest in a virtual internship?
The process is simple – just CLICK HERE to let the Global Centers know of your interest (sign in with your UNI). A representative from the Centers will contact you with further details and to connect you with the sponsoring organization.

Global Columbia Collaboratory


Now more than ever, in today’s globally connected world, we need leaders who can deal with complexity, diversity, and change to address our many global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbia Global Centers invite you to engage with the broader Columbia network through seminars we are offering to students and making available to the public as part of the Global Columbia Collaboratory.

The Collaboratory is a program designed to help students connect and cooperate across a global network, empowering them to make a difference in the world as global citizens. For more information on the Collaboratory visit the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement.