Studying abroad is a wonderful way to gain a direct understanding of how different cities have evolved and to experience major works of architecture firsthand. We highly recommend this experience and have designed the major requirements to be flexible enough to accommodate a semester abroad.
Typically, students study abroad in their junior year. While pursuing studies abroad, our majors often take courses in art, architecture, urban and language studies. Some programs, for example the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, offer design studios, and while these cannot be counted towards our major requirements, they offer students the opportunity to learn new skills and engage with different design cultures.
Barnard College and Columbia University are continuing to monitor travel restrictions due to COVID-19. At the moment, study abroad options are limited, but please visit the Barnard Office of Study Abroad and/or the Columbia Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement for more information.
Barnard Office of Study Abroad
For assistance selecting a program, Barnard College students should refer to the Barnard Office for Studying Abroad. They offer general information sessions, individual appointments with an advisor, and opportunities to speak with other Barnard students who have recently studied abroad.
Columbia Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement
Columbia College and School of General Studies students should take advantage of the resources made available by the Columbia Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement. They offer a similar range of services and opportunities for Columbia College and General Studies students.
Study Abroad 101
To supplement the information provided by these offices, you may consult Abroad101, a website with study abroad program reviews from students across the country. You may search for programs by country, subject, or ranking. For example, here is a link to all of the study abroad programs in their database that focus on architecture.