New York Student Life
Art and Culture
To help students take advantage of New York’s vast cultural opportunities, Columbia has launched the CU Arts Initiative. Through this initiative, students receive free admission to many museums, in addition to free and discounted tickets to theatre, concerts, lectures, restaurants and other opportunities throughout New York City.
Columbia has hundreds of student organizations on campus. A comprehensive list can be found on the Columbia University website.
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The library services at Columbia University are ranked in the top five in the United States. At Columbia, students have twenty-two libraries at their disposal, including over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audiovisual materials.
Columbia Students have borrowing privileges from other Ivy League universities through Borrow Direct, as well as libraries world-wide with Inter Library Loan. Students who have applied for a SHARES card have additional reading privileges at over 100 top-rated university libraries in New York and across the world.
Columbia Libraries provide research support, including a vast array of classes and instructional workshops throughout the year. Students additionally have access to the extensive services of the Digital Humanities Center (DHC), which supports researchers working with digital texts, still and moving images, and other materials. The DHC has machine-readable primary source texts, software programs for textual analysis and critical editing, database research tools in the humanities, bibliographic database management programs, IBM and Macintosh microcomputers, and optical scanning equipment for the creation of machine-readable text.
As dual Master’s students continue on to LSE in the second year of their graduate studies, they maintain full access to Columbia's e-journals, e-books and online databases.
Centers and Institutes
The University has an array of centers and institutes, which offer talks, publications, and research and networking opportunities for Columbia students.
Below is a sampling of centers and institutes at Columbia University. A comprehensive list of centers and institutes can be found on the University website.
Research Centers and Institutes at Columbia
- Millennium Villages Project
- Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
- Center for French and Francophone Studies
- Institute for Research on Women and Gender
- Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
- Picker Center for Executive Education
- Institute of African Studies
- Center for Contemporary Black History
- European Institute
- Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity: Earth Institute
Of particular note is Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum, a year-round event series that features heads of state and other leaders in global thought. Past speakers have included Presidents Bill Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, and the Dalai Lama.
Talks by many of the speakers brought to Columbia by these centers and institutes can be found on Columbia University’s YouTube Channel.
To help students take advantage of these opportunities while balancing the program’s rigorous course requirements, the dual degree program allows students to enroll in a mini-course entitled, Perspectives on International and World History. This course gives students the opportunity to design their own curriculum: To attend lectures, workshops, and conferences on historical topics related to their individual interests throughout Columbia University. The goal of this mini-course is to encourage students to take advantage of the many intellectual opportunities throughout the University, to gain exposure to a variety of approaches to history, and at the same time assist them in focusing on a particular area for their dissertation topics.
Career Resources at Columbia
Columbia University’s Center for Career Education (CCE) is an invaluable resource. Dual Degree alumni have access to the Columbia’s career services for the rest of their lives.
Featured below is a sampling of services offered by the CCE to CU students and Alumni. A full list of CCE services can be found on the center’s website.
Columbia University online recruiting system
LionSHARE is a full service on-line recruiting system encompassing job and internship postings, on-campus recruiting opportunities, and events such as employer information sessions and career fairs. The system is for the exclusive use of Columbia students and alumni.
Career counselors are available to meet individually with students and alumni through every step in their career exploration, and internship and job searches. Through partnering with career counselors, students benefit from personalized guidance on setting and maintaining career goals, gaining industry awareness, building career networks, and making informed and fulfilling career choices.
The Clothing Closet program allows current students at Columbia University to borrow suits and accessories for the purpose of attending an interview, career fair, or professional networking event.
The CCE provides several opportunities for students to network and connect with Alumni.
• Columbia Career Connections (CCC) is an online career networking community through which students have the opportunity to make connections with alumni in a wide variety of professions, industries and locations. Columbia Career Connections uses the platform of a LinkedIn Group. Career counselors are available to help students learn how to fully utilize the services of LinkedIn, and make the connections they need to achieve their career goals.
• Networking Events: Throughout the year, the CCE and other offices and groups on campus host career networking opportunities for students and alumni. These include Media Networking Night, International Organizations Day, and the Not-for-Profit and Public Service Career Fair. More information can be found on the CCE's Event Calendar and Special Events page.
Career Resources for Columbia Alumni
• Alumni Career Development Seminar Series: This Monthly Seminar Series features professionals with expertise on various career topics, ranging from entrepreneurship to career change and everything in between.
• Alumni Directory: The university-wide Alumni Directory is open to alumni and helps individuals stay connected with fellow alums from all Columbia schools. The database allows alumni to search by a variety of factors, including class year, city, state, country, field of work, company name, job title, school, major, and degree.
• Unlimited, premium access to The Career Insider and WetFeet: Free, unrestricted privileges to the largest, most comprehensive career resource, made available to CU graduates through the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and Vault.com. The Career Insider can be used for finding jobs, careers, top employers and educational programs, job search advice, salary info, job listings, employee message boards, and surveys.
WetFeet helps job seekers make smart career decisions through expert career advice, company rankings, top MBA programs information, sample resumes, and other tools.
Lifetime access to the resources and services of Columbia’s Center For Career Education.
Lifetime access to Columbia’s Libraries by applying for a University Alumni Identification Card that grants renewable reading privileges. Alumni may also purchase Columbia Library borrowing privileges at a reduced rate.
Networking opportunities with Columbia Alumni Association clubs throughout the United States and the world. Ability to participate in the Alumni Travel Study Program and Cafés Columbia, a series of informal discussion led by Columbia faculty, focused broadly on the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
International Columbia Alumni Clubs
- Hong Kong S.A.R., China
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom