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Global Scholars Program: Contemporary Cities of Eurasia: Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing
Beijing, China; Berlin, Germany; Moscow, Russian Federation; Ulan Bator, Mongolia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction:
English Program Type: Columbia Administered Program
Program Advisor:
Robin Leephaibul: Eligibility - Home School: Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Graduate Students, Columbia SEAS
Summer Program: Columbia Summer Program
Program Description:

The 2014 Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop "Contemporary Cities of Eurasia: Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing" offers students the opportunity to participate in a comparative learning, research-oriented program in Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing.

Complete information on the program can be found here:

The 2014 program is centered on the theme of “Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia.”  Students will explore the histories, cultures, built environments and lived spaces of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Mongolia and China through travel and site visits to major cities of the “Eastern Bloc.” Students travel from Berlin to Beijing, including a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing, under the guidance of Columbia faculty members Charles Armstrong and Catharine Nepomnyashchy.  Students will investigate how the common problems of urban life in the twentieth century were addressed in the USSR and societies influenced by the Soviet model, and how the collapse of state socialism in the Soviet bloc and its transformation in China have shaped the development of cities there in the twenty-first century.  Students will enroll in the spring 2014 Global Seminar "Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia" prior to departure.  During the summer seminar, they will prepare a significant research paper, presenting their findings in the last week of the course.

The summer program runs from June 14 to July 13, 2014.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate rising junior or rising senior of all disciplines from the College, General Studies, Barnard, and SEAS or Columbia graduate student in good academic standing
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students should demonstrate some prior knowledge of the research theme and/or the primary countries of research. Knowledge of the local language(s) and/or research methodologies will be a competitive advantage but we expect the final cohort will have a complementary range of differing language abilities and research experience
  • Enrollment in "Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia," a 4-credit Global Seminar in Spring 2014 (Tuesdays 2:10pm-4:00pm) prior to departure.  Note: Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis for students who are unable to participate due to demonstrated curriculum conflicts.

The GSP 2014 is a joint collaboration of the Harriman Institute, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Office of Global Programs, and the Columbia Global Center, East Asia. 

For more information, contact Harriman Institute Program Manager Lydia Hamilton at

Due to popular demand, deadline extended to December 6th for a second round of admissions!

Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA