"The challenging courses, beautiful campus, countless activities, trips, and afternoon lectures all made the experience more eye-opening and exciting!"
— MIRANDA PIROONHAPAT, 2016
The Midday Break
Recreational and co-curricular activities are offered daily during the break between the morning and afternoon class. These include:
- College preparedness programs
- A talk on applying to college presented by Columbia Undergraduate Admissions
- Seminars on how to write college application essays
- Campus tours of Columbia University and Barnard College
- In Session 2 only, a college fair featuring representatives from over a hundred colleges and universities. Session 1 students who are in the area are welcome to attend
- An informal college fair organized by students from top colleges across the country
- Seminars on college life led by university students
- Academic preparedness and study skills seminars
- Special lectures from program instructors and other experts. Past topics have included:
- Must Business Be Unethical?
- The Science of Happiness
- How is the Internet Changing Our Brains?
- Is There life on Mars?
- Community outreach and awareness projects. Past examples include:
- Volunteering in local soup kitchens
- Teaching computer skills to the elderly
- Visits to local sustainability and urban gardening projects
- On-campus food and clothing drives
- Social awareness and community-support programming
- Special interest clubs and discussion groups. Past examples include:
- Urban dance classes
- LGTQB Alliance
- Pop culture lunch clubs
- Social topics and ethics discussion groups
- A first-day ice-breaking party and an end-of-program outdoor jazz concert with gourmet ice pops
- Theatrical performances, a film festival, and art exhibitions presented by students in the fine arts curricular options
Other options for the midday period include:
- Using Columbia's physical fitness center
- Studying in the university's many libraries and computer labs
- Sampling the neighborhood's cafés and restaurants
- Relaxing, socializing, and enjoying the sunshine on Columbia's beautiful campus
Evening and Weekend Activities
All students are welcome to participate in evening and weekend community outreach activities.
Each session also features an evening talent show open to all students.
Residential Program Activities & Events
Recreational options for residential students are offered every evening and on weekends. Evenings in the dorm lounges are livened by board game nights, karaoke performances, film screenings, and an end-of-program dance party.
Residential students may also take part in staff-led opportunities to explore New York City and take part in the rich cultural life of the city. Typical excursions include:
- Broadways shows
- Performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Central Park
- The Statue of Liberty
- The Empire State Building
- Rockefeller Center
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- Times Square
- The Apollo Theater
- Highline Park and Chelsea art galleries
- Greenwich Village and New York University (NYU)
- Coney Island
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Museum of Modern Art
- The Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium
- The Guggenheim Museum
- The Whitney Museum
- Trips to the beach
- 4th of July Fireworks on the East River
- Fine dining
Each session also features a few weekend day trips to the beach and to universities such as Princeton, Yale, and Harvard.
Participants are expected to cover expenses for trips.