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Posted: Feb. 21

GS students who will be outside of the United States on Columbia-related travel during or after the summer 2017 term must work with the office organizing their travel to ensure they comply with the new Undergraduate International Travel Policy.

The below email was recently sent to all undergraduates, introducing the University’s new Undergraduate International Travel Policy. GS students who will be outside of the United States on Columbia-related travel during or after the summer 2017 term must work with the office organizing their travel to ensure they comply with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy. Although this new policy adds a few additional steps to the pre-departure process, it does not replace any of the requirements already in place across the University (i.e., ISOS MyTrips, etc.). Students with any questions or concerns about this new policy should contact gsinternational@columbia.edu.  


Dear Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and General Studies Students,

We are writing to let you know about our new Undergraduate International Travel Policy, which applies to any student global travel that is organized, funded, arranged or recognized by Columbia taking place on or after Tuesday, May 2, 2017. This is a complement to the University’s International Travel Planning Policy, which was updated this spring.

Our policy mandates that once you have been accepted into a global program or secured an independent global opportunity, you must obtain school-level approval by completing the School Sponsorship application before traveling out of the United States. This policy applies to all international academic, service, internship or research trips coordinated through the Center for Career Education, the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships, and Undergraduate Student Life, as well as experiences organized or funded in any way by a faculty member, recognized student group, department, institute, program, or school in the University.

We realize that this may seem like an extra logistical step in an already complicated process, but we assure you that it is for your own safety and well-being. We encourage you to take advantage of global experiences at Columbia, and consider them to be important parts of your undergraduate education; however, we also realize that traveling abroad can entail risk, even for the most seasoned travelers. Preparing for an enriching and safe experience in each global destination requires a different strategy, and should there be an emergency, we need to know how to reach you.

To complete a School Sponsorship application, you must login to the Undergraduate Travel Web App no later than four weeks prior to your departure, and must update your application with any changes to your itinerary while abroad. You are also required to be in compliance with the University’s policy, which includes maintaining adequate health insurance with international coverage while abroad.

You can visit the travel policy website for more information about the Undergraduate International Travel Policy and to learn the steps you must take prior to departure. If you have questions about how this policy will affect you or your upcoming travel, please email utrc@columbia.edu.

Sincerely,

Peter J. Awn
Dean
School of General Studies

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education

Event Dates and Times: Fridays, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Location: 101 William and June Warren Hall, Columbia Law School, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue

Students affected by the recent executive action on immigration are invited to join the Office of University Life and the International Students and Scholars Office for private information and discussion sessions.

Event Description
Students affected by the recent executive action on immigration are invited to join the Office of University Life and the International Students and Scholars Office for private information and discussion sessions. Sessions will run through spring break (Mon., March 13 - Fri., March 17).

No registration is required.

Posted: Feb. 7

The Columbia University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Barnard College Student Life, and The School of General Studies Student Life, invite students to attend a series of programming to celebrate Black Heritage Month.

The Columbia University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Barnard College Student Life, and GS Student Life invite students to attend a series of programming to celebrate Black Heritage Month

This year's theme is "A Seat at the Table," inspired by Solange Knowles' recent album, which illustrates the imperative that all voices within the Black community have the opportunity to be heard. Events include an F.U.B.U fashion show, racial justice workshops, film screenings, events exploring intersectionality, and more. 

Black Heritage Month Events

Posted: Jan. 31

Students who wish to participate in the May 2017 Class Day and Commencement ceremonies must schedule an appointment with their advisor by March 13 to apply for graduation.

Students who wish to participate in the May 2017 Class Day and Commencement ceremonies must schedule an appointment with their advisor by March 13 to apply for graduation.

Students are eligible to participate in May 2017 Class Day and Commencement ceremonies if they complete their degree requirements during the spring or summer 2017 terms and are approved by their advisors for May or October 2017 graduation.

Posted: Jan. 30

The ARC's Reading and Argument Coaching Program is designed to help students in humanities and social sciences classes make sense of their reading assignments and to learn to form arguments in response.  

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of the Reading and Argument Coaching Program, which is designed to help students taking social sciences and humanities courses to make sense of their reading assignments and to learn to form arguments in response. Spring 2017 appointments have now opened. To learn more and to book an appointment, please see the ARC website.

Posted: Jan. 18

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) invites students to participate in support groups and workshops, and meet with counselors during walk-in hours.

Counseling and Psychological Services invites students to attend support groups on a variety of topics. Learn about how CPS supports every student on campus through this informational video.

Visit the CPS website for a schedule of drop-in hours and information about current support groups and workshops, including meeting times and contact information.

Workshops*

  • Enhancing Your Relationships: An Experiential Workshop for Couples
  • International Students Workshop
  • Mindfulness Workshop
  • Procrastination Workshop

Support Group Topics*

  • Distress Tolerance
  • Getting Things Done
  • Bereavement Support
  • Reawakening Your Healthy Self: Eating Concerns Group for Women
  • Public Speaking: Learn to Speak with Confidence
  • Women of Color Support Group
  • Men of Color Support Group
  • Queer Academics at Columbia
  • Veterans Support Group
  • Women in Recovery from an Eating Concern
  • Students with Families
  • Substance Use Concerns
  • Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence
  • Women's Sexual Assault Support Group

*This is a list of recurring support group and workshop topics, but it is subject to change at any time. Please see the CPS website for current support group and workshop topics.

Posted: Dec. 1

The GS Student Life Allocations Board invites students and student organizations to apply for funding for events and initiatives.

The GS Student Life Allocations Board provides financial support to individual GS students and student organizations for events and initiatives. Applicants seeking funding may either be recognized GS student organizations, unrecognized student clubs at GS, or individual GS students wishing to receive funding from GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office.

More Information
For more information, or to apply for funding, visit the GS Student Life Allocations Board page. Questions may be directed to gs-studentlife@columbia.edu.

Featured: Anthropology
Date and Time: 
Tues., Feb. 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sheldon Scheps Library, 457 Schermerhorn Extension

Students are invited to attend department open houses, where they will have the opportunity to learn about courses offered, as well as requirements for declaring a major or concentration. Research, internships, and job opportunities will also be discussed.

Event Description

Students are invited to attend department open houses, where they will have the opportunity to learn about courses offered, as well as requirements for declaring a major or concentration. Research, internships, and job opportunities will also be discussed.

Upcoming Open Houses

Italian
Date and Time:
Mon., Feb. 27, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: 512 Hamilton Hall

German
Date and Time: Mon., Feb. 27, 4:30 - 5:30
Location:
Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street

Statistics
Date and Time:
Mon., Feb. 27, 5 p.m.
Location:
Stats Lounge, 6th Floor, Watson Hall, 612 West 115th Street

Film Studies
Date and Time:
Mon., Feb. 27, 5 - 6 p.m.
Location: 508 Dodge Hall

Chemistry and Biology
Date and Time:
Tues., Feb. 28, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:
7th Floor Lounge, Havemeyer Hall

Classics
Date and Time: Wed., March 1, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:
617B Hamilton Hall

Art History and Archaeology
Date and Time:
Wed., March 1, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Stronach Center, 8th Floor, Schermerhorn Hall

Psychology
Date and Time: Wed., March 1, 4 p.m.
Location: 614 Schermerhorn Hall

Ethnicity and Race Studies
Date and Time: Wed., March 1, 5:30 p.m.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Date and Time: Wed., March 1, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location:
506 Schermerhorn Hall

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)
Date and Time: Thurs., March 2, 12 p.m.
Location: 208 Knox Hall

Women and Gender Studies
Date and Time:
Thurs., March 2, 4 p.m.
Location: 752 Schermerhorn Extension

Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC)
Date and Time:
Thurs., March 2, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Casa Hispanica

Physics
Date and Time:
Thurs., March 2, 5:30 p.m.
Location:
705 Pupin Hall

Philosophy
Date and Time:
Thurs., March 2, 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: 716 Philosophy Hall

English
Date and Time:
Fri., March 3, 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: 612 Philosophy Hall

Visual Arts
Date and Time:
Mon., March 6, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: LeRoy Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall

French
Date and Time: Mon., March 6, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location:
Mason Francaise, 2nd Floor, Buell Hall

Drama and Theatre Arts
Date and Time:
Wed., March 8, 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: 506 Milbank Hall

Political Science
Date and Time: Wed., March 8, 6 p.m.
Location: 707 International Affairs Building

Architecture
Date and Time: Wed., April 12, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location:
McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center

Application Deadline: Fri., Feb 24

Students are invited to enter their business ideas in the Venture Competition for a chance to win a $50,000 grant to help fund their startup. Prize grants will be awarded to the teams with the most innovative and viable business models. 

Students are invited to enter their business ideas in the Venture Competition for a chance to win a $50,000 grant to help fund their startup. Prize grants will be awarded to the teams with the most innovative and viable business models, and ideas can be at any stage of development. Winning entries must document the incorporation of customer or user feedback into the design of their business model.

Winners will be announced at the #StartupColumbia Festival in April, which is organized by Columbia University Entrepreneurship, along with the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), and the Business School's Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO).

Apply

Application Deadline: Fri., March 3
Start Date: ASAP

The School of General Studies is seeking a student to work as a communications assistant.

Position Description
The School of General Studies is seeking a student to work as a communications assistant, providing general support to the professional team that manages the School's communications to prospective, admitted, and current GS students, including the Postbac Premed Program, the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, and the Joint Degree Program between Columbia University and City University of Hong Kong.

This position offers the potential to acquire widely-applicable skills, and is an excellent professional opportunity for students interested in a career in communications or related fields.

Responsibilities include:

  • Posting events and opportunities of interest to students through various channels
  • Assisting in preparation of bi-weekly student newsletters
  • Monitoring and posting to social media channels
  • Making minor updates to website content
  • Writing and editing short news stories for the website as needed

Position Requirements

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability and desire to work in a small-team environment
  • Familiarity with various types of social media a plus
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs a plus

Time Commitment
Part-time (10-20 hours per week during the academic year, with the possibility to work up to 30 hours during the summer)

Compensation
$15 per hour (work-study or casual)

Apply
To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to gs-communications@columbia.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: Mon., March 6, 5 p.m.

The GS Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are seeking students to work as GS Ambassadors/Tour Guides.

Position Description

The GS Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are seeking students to work as Ambassadors/Tour Guides, representing GS and its nontraditional undergraduate degree program. This position offers current students the opportunity to meet prospective and incoming students and share their experiences and knowledge with them. Ambassadors/Tour Guides will lead prospective students and their guests on a tour of the historic Morningside campus, sharing personal insights and campus history.

Guides will work closely with the Office of Admissions to perform additional responsibilities, including telecounseling and answering prospective student questions by email, phone, and on message boards.

Guides will represent their own GS program, yet on occasion, will be asked to give tours for another program. For example, GS undergrads may give tours to prospective Postbac Premed students.

Position Requirements

  • Must love GS and Columbia University and want to talk about it with prospective and admitted students and guests
  • Must be customer-service oriented, articulate, and have good public speaking skills
  • Must be conscientious, reliable, and team-oriented
  • Good memorization skills necessary
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Interest in campus history and involvement in student life a plus

Time Commitment and Scheduling

Ambassadors lead tours for prospective students year-round. Typically, Friday tours run from 1:30 to 3 p.m., while Wednesday tours run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The tour calendar varies based on the time of year.

Time Commitment
3 - 4 hours per month, with a minimum commitment of one academic year (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018); longer commitment and/or summer availability a plus

Training

Note: Training will begin in mid-to-late March

A comprehensive training is required for all new guides, including:

  • Shadowing current tour guides on at least three tours
  • Attending at least two information sessions with prospective students
  • Giving at least one mock tour to Admissions and Visitors Center staff and current tour guides

Employment Type

Work-study or casual

Compensation

$13 per hour

Apply

To apply, fill out an application, and email your resume to Joy Achuonjei, Manager of University and Community Visitor Relations, and R.J. Pettersen, Admissions Manager at the School of General Studies.

Application Deadline: Mon., March 6, 5 p.m.

The GS Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are looking for Dual BA Ambassadors/Tour Guides to help represent GS and the Dual BA Program. 

Position Description

The GS Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are looking for Dual BA Ambassadors/Tour Guides to help represent GS and the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po. This position provides current students with the opportunity to meet prospective and incoming students and share their experiences and knowledge with them. Ambassadors/Tour Guides will lead prospective students and their guests on a tour of the historic Morningside campus, sharing personal insights and campus history.

Guides will work closely with the Office of Admissions to perform additional responsibilities, including telecounseling and answering prospective student questions by email, phone, and on message boards.
 
Guides will represent their own GS program, yet on occasion, will be asked to give tours for another program. For example, Dual BA students may give tours to a group of community college students.

Position Requirements

  • Must love GS, the Dual BA Program, and Columbia University and want to talk about it with prospective and admitted students and guests
  • Must be customer-service oriented, articulate, and have good public speaking skills
  • Must be conscientious, reliable, and team-oriented
  • Good memorization skills necessary
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Interest in campus history and involvement in student life a plus

Time Commitment and Scheduling

Tours for prospective Dual BA Program students are given once per month, year-round on Saturday or Sunday afternoons from 2:30 - 4 p.m., in conjunction with Admissions Information Sessions, with increased tours during the summer.
 
Time Commitment
  • 3 - 4 hours/month, with a minimum commitment of one academic year (fall 2017 - spring 2018); longer commitment and/or summer availability a plus
  • Attendance at Dual BA Program Admitted Students Day on the afternoon of Sat., April 23

Training

Note: Training will begin in mid-to-late March.

A comprehensive training is required for all new guides, including:
  • Shadowing current tour guides on at least three tours
  • Attending at least two information sessions with prospective students
  • Giving at least one mock tour to Admissions and Visitors Center staff and current tour guides

Employment Type

Work-study or casual

Compensation

$13 per hour

Apply

To apply, fill out an application, and email your resume to Joy Achuonjei, Manager of University and Community Visitor Relations, and R.J. Pettersen, Admissions Manager at the School of General Studies.

Application Deadline: Thurs., March 9, 12 p.m.

Students are invited to apply to serve as Junior Marshals, assisting GS staff members at Class Day by directing and welcoming graduates and their guests.

Students are invited to apply to serve as Junior Marshals, assisting GS staff members at Class Day by directing and welcoming graduates and their guests.

For more information, or to apply, please visit the application page.

Application Deadline: Wed., March 15

Students are invited to apply for the Dual MA/MSc Program in International and World History, a two-year program that provides the opportunity to study at both the London School of Economics and Columbia University and receive degrees from both institutions.

Students are invited to apply for the Dual MA/MSc Program in International and World History, a two-year program that provides the opportunity to study at both the London School of Economics and Columbia University and receive degrees from both institutions.

Students in the Program will work with preeminent historians to explore transnational forces that have shaped and continue to remake our world: migration, trade, war, technology, epidemic disease, and environmental change. The innovative curriculum includes a sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training, providing students with new frameworks and tools to understand our past. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.

Apply

Application Deadline: Wed., March 15

Students are invited to apply for the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) 2017 Scholarship Program. To be eligible, students must be US citizens, female, have at least one ancestor of Italian descent, a minimum 3.5 GPA, and demonstrated financial need.

Students are invited to apply for the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) 2017 Scholarship Program. To be eligible, students must be US citizens, female, have at least one ancestor of Italian descent, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and demonstrated financial need.

NOIAW strives to unite and connect women through Italian culture and heritage, celebrate the achievements of women of Italian ancestry, inspire and enrich members with shared interests in cultural programs, and to empower and advance the educational and professional aspirations of current and future generations. 

Apply

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