2012 Program Details

Application Process
Housing and Meals
Program Fees Summer 2012
Financial Aid and Funding
Withdrawal Policy


Application Process

Congratulations on your decision to apply to The Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop!

All students: The application deadline for 2013 has not been set. Please check back for further details about the application deadline. A complete application includes the following components listed below:

  • Program Application Form [pdf]: 3 pages including signed check list, fill out financial aid form if applicable. US Citizens must provide a copy of a FAFSA Statement (previous year is acceptable).

  • Statement of Interest: A statement of interest of approximately 500 - 750 words, describing your motivations for attending the program, and any experiences that support your professional, academic or personal qualifications to attend this program. Questions to consider: what would you like to take away from this experience? In this pilot program, you will live and work closely with a group of fellow students in a remote setting - which of your personality traits, characteristics, and/or skills will help contribute to your success? Please address your aptitude to appreciate and adjust to the requirements of spending time in another place.

  • Unofficial Transcript: Please submit your unofficial transcripts from Columbia and other colleges previously attended.

  • References: List 2 referees including contact information

  • Delivery of Materials: Please make FIVE complete packets of the above materials stapled and submit in one large envelope to:

    Kim Palumbarit, Student Affairs Officer
    International Affairs Building
    9th Floor, Mailbox #25

  • Interview Times**: You must be available to interview during the first week of April for 20 minutes. You must sign up for an interview time when you drop off your application. Please sign up on my door at the International Affairs Building, RM 934.

Important note about passports: If you do not have a valid passport (good for 6 months past the visa application date), please apply for one immediately. Do not wait to see if you are accepted to the program to apply for a passport. You may need to expedite your passport application so that you will be able to submit the appropriate passport information by the stated deadline.

Please be aware of the following restrictions:

  • Students may take no more than 8 points in any Summer Session or in overlapping periods, and a maximum of 16 points for the entire summer.
  • You must receive a grade of C- or better to receive Columbia College credit. Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable.

Application information [pdf]
Global Scholars Program Application form [pdf]

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The program begins with a series of mandatory pre-departure meetings during the spring semester to familiarize students with academic expectations and logistical information. Students will take one course during the six-week in-country workshop. Satisfactory completion of the Workshop requirements (with Grade B or higher) carries 5 course credits.

Cost per credit: $1400
Students will meet in the mornings and some evenings for a lecture-based session with professors and TAs and convene in the afternoon for fieldtrips, guest speaker presentations, and excursions. Full participation by students in all program activities, including readings, discussions, guest lectures, and field visits is required. Beida students will work collaboratively with CU students to help navigate the city and participate in an academic exchange. Full participation in China is necessary in order to participate in the India section of the course.

At the end of the course students will prepare a brief write-up of summer research findings, including initial points of comparison between China and India, which could serve as the basis of a more detailed research thesis produced during the Fall 2012 semester.

Fall 2012 Global Seminar: Returning students will be required to take a 3-credit Global Seminar in Fall 2012. In this Seminar, students will be expected to synthesize their summer research experience into a research paper and present their research. Projects might be collaborative, with each student focusing on a particular aspect of a larger topic, or they might be individual, leading in some cases to the senior thesis. Note: Exceptions to this may be granted on a case by case basis for students who are unable to participate due to demonstrated curriculum conflicts.

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Housing and Meals

International Student Dormitory

Beida’s Shaoyuan Guest House
Students will be housed in the international dormitory at Beida University. The TA for the Beijing section will be staying with the students in this dormitory facility. The facility is equipped with telephone, TV, air-conditioning, shared bath, and internet access. These dorms are very close to cafeterias and restaurants on campus. A security guard is posted outside the dorm and guests must sign in and out.

Shanghai Jaiotong University’s Bo Xue Lou Hotel

Bo Xue Lou is located in the Xuhui District – a business and commercial center of Shanghai. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, IDD/DDD, satellite TV and a refrigerator. The TA for the Beijing section will be with the students in this dormitory facility as well.

YMCA International Guest House
The facilities are basic and the rooms are relatively large by Mumbai standards. This facility features single beds, cable TV, attached bathrooms, and internet access. The guest house also provides same day laundry and dry cleaning services. The facility is equipped with CCTV surveillance, which is monitored 24 hours a day. While the facility is open 24 hours a day, the main doors are locked after 10PM and students must show a green “guest card” in order to be allowed inside. The guest house is located on a main, well-traveled road in the heart of South Mumbai. The TA for the Mumbai section will be with the students in this dormitory facility.

Group meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are provided and students who choose to eat separately from the group are responsible for their own meal costs. If you plan to eat on your own, you should plan to bring between $5-$10 a day to cover the cost of your meals and bottled water. The student cafeterias have a wide range of food and are really inexpensive, about $1 per meal. A meal at a local restaurant is not very expensive either. Places that cater to foreigners and offer western food tend to be more expensive where prices can be similar to those in the U.S. If you think you will frequent these types of places often you should plan to budget more money for food.

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Essential Equipment: Students must bring a laptop computer with wi-fi access and at least a 4GB USB storage device.

Visas and other costs:

Passports should be valid for 6 months for the duration of the trip. Visas can be secured by a travel agent, at a Chinese embassy, and at the official organization that processes Indian visas. Neither People’s Republic of China nor India grant visa upon arrival (visas MUST be secured before entering the country). Participating students are responsible for obtaining their own visas, vaccinations/immunizations and any associated costs.  In addition, students should budget $1,000 for incidental expenses and spending money.

Plane Tickets
Students are responsible for booking their own air travel. To help coordinate group travel, we have set up a group reservation through Howard Smith from ChinaSmith (http://www.chinasmith.com/), (800) US-CHINA. If you book your own flight arrangements you must arrive in time for classes to begin.

Immunizations and Health Insurance
Please consult with your personal healthcare provider on the specific immunizations you will need to obtain before your trip. Here are the CDC guidelines for immunizations for China and India. Columbia University mandates that students while studying abroad have health insurance that meets their requirements; click here for more information. Students must have health insurance for this summer program. Please check with your individual provider to see your coverage for international summer travel.

See Medical Services at Columbia for more information: 

Students will have to exchange currencies in China (renminbi) and India (rupees). While in Beijing and Shanghai, these large cities will have wide access to ATMs that will generally take American VISA and MASTERCARD debit cards, and students will be able to withdraw renminbi. Please keep in mind that most credit/debit card companies charge an international exchange rate fee, and banks may also charge fees for using an ATM not associated with their institution. Please check with your financial institution on their specific policy.

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Program Fees Summer 2012

The list below is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student's account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted.

Program Fee*

$7,000 ($1,400 per credit x 5 credits)

Non-refundable Deposit**


* Covers tuition, housing, orientation, excursions, and group meals. Does NOT cover course materials, visa, airfare, fees, accident/medical insurance, and individual meals.
** added towards your program fee
Estimated Expenses
The estimated expenses below are NOT paid to the program. The estimated figures below are provided as a basis for students to determine their individual budgets.

Airfare and Ground Transportation






*Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.

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Financial Aid and Funding

For this pilot program we are offering financial aid packages of $1,000-4,000 to qualified students in addition to the competitive fellowships below. Awards will based on financial need.

Check with your home school's department, study abroad office, or scholarship office to see if any other scholarships are available to you.

Weatherhead Undergraduate Training Grant
Provides up to $2,500 in support to undergraduate students for summer projects in East Asia that develop academic and/or professional expertise.  Examples of eligible projects include research or a secured, uncompensated internship. Projects involving a single East Asian country are eligible, and priority will be given to projects that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, as well as to applicants with a commitment to make East Asia a part of their long-term careers.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
The Freeman-ASIA Program, generously supported by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need.  Award amounts vary from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program.  From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA provided scholarships for more than 4,000 U.S. undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia.

The Blakemore Foundation
For those who have completed a bachelor's degree.

Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowship [pdf]
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the second year of Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowships: departmentally funded ethnographic research fellowships for Columbia Anthropology majors pursuing fieldwork during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowships are intended for research in preparation for writing a senior thesis or in connection with a substantial independent study project. Awards will be made based on the quality of an applicant's proposal as well as an applicant's preparation for the proposed research. Resources permit fellowships of up to $1000 be awarded to approximately ten Anthropology juniors.

Other Resources

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Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawal & Refund Policy
A student in good academic standing who is not subject to discipline may be permitted to withdraw at any time. Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one's entire program in a given term as opposed to dropping a portion of one's program.

Any student must notify the Faculty Director in China in writing; failure to attend classes or notification of instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses.

Any adjustment of paid tuition is calculated from the date on which the Faculty Director of receives the student's written notification (see Refund Schedule below). Only a percentage of the tuition will be refunded.

Only tuition is refunded. Fees (application, transcript, housing, etc.) are never refunded, either in full or in part. All students who withdraw will be charged a $75.00 withdrawal fee.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawals processed

will be refunded

1st week


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4th week


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