Program Details

Application Process
Housing and Meals
Program Fees Summer 2013
Financial Aid and Funding
Withdrawal Policy


Application Process

Thank you for applying to the Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop.

ALL STUDENTS: Please submit all of your application materials by Friday, April 5 at 5:00PM in order to be considered for the program.

Please apply on the Office of Global Programs Website here

Interview Times**: Selected students will be invited to interview between March 27th - April 1st. You must be available to interview during this time period for 30 minutes.

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 for the program. Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable.


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 6-week, in-country workshop. Satisfactory completion of the workshop requirements (with Grade B or higher) carries 5 course credits.

Cost per credit: $1,400 per credit
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. Full participation in China is necessary in order to participate in the Chile 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 Chile, which could serve as the basis of a more detailed research thesis produced during the Fall 2013 semester.

Fall 2013 Global Seminar: Returning students will be required to take a 3-credit Global Seminar in Fall 2013. 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.

Syllabus: click here to see the course syllabus.

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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.

Rent a Home Parque Bustamante
Situated next to Bustamante Park and steps from the Parque Bustamante subway station, Old Town, and Santiago’s downtown. Student rooms contain 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, heat and air-conditioning, and Internet access. The facility includes 24-hour bilingual front desk service and breakfast. The professors and TA will stay at this facility as well.

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 $10-$25 a day to cover the cost of your meals and bottled water. In China, places that cater to foreigners and offer Western food tend to be more expensive; prices can be similar to those in the US. 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 at least 6 months for the duration of the trip. Visas can be secured by a travel agent or at a Chinese or Chilean embassy or consulate. The People’s Republic of China does not grant visas upon arrival (visas MUST be secured BEFORE entering the country). A Chilean visa is mandatory for US and Canadian passport holders and can be purchased upon entry at the International Police station at the airport. Non-US citizens will need to check, based on their nationality, whether or not they will need a Chilean visa. 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 and must arrive before the first day of classes.

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 Chile. 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 Chile (peso). While in Beijing and Santiago, participants will have wide access to ATMs that will generally take American, VISA, and MASTERCARD debit cards, and students will be able to withdraw both renminbi and pesos. 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 2013

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*

($1,400 per credit for 5 credits)

Nonrefundable Deposit**


* Covers tuition, housing, orientation, excursions, and group meals. Does NOT cover course materials, visas, 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 be 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
Undergraduate students doing summer research projects or uncompensated internships in East Asia.

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
US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for  US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Awards of up to $5,000 are available.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Travel Study Awards through the CJS foundation are available to Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
US citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level who demonstrate financial need.

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from  US citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Interested students should apply to Freeman-ASIA in the academic term before their study abroad program begins.

US National Commission for UNESCO Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship
US citizens between 18 and 25 years of age who are currently enrolled students.

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO—using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Columbia Anthropology majors pursuing fieldwork during the summer between their junior and senior years. (Information may be obtained from the anthropology office).

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 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

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