Columbia is a magnet for scholars and students from around the world. The University ranks second among 2,000 American colleges and universities in the enrollment of international students.
Columbia hosts nearly 10,000 international students, interns, scholars, and accompanying family members from more than 140 different countries. The top five countries sending students to Columbia are China, India, South Korea, Canada, and France. In terms of scholars, the countries most highly represented are China, Japan, Italy, France, and Germany. Three-quarters of international students at Columbia are enrolled on the graduate or professional level.
- More than 1,300 international students are enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- Columbia hosts 107 student Fulbright scholars.
- Engineering, public affairs, business, and the social sciences are the most popular fields of study among international students at Columbia.
- Columbia has more than 2,400 international faculty, researchers, visiting scholars, and scientists.
The University expresses its international character not only in the diverse, multinational composition of its population, but also in its efforts to make the curriculum more global. The Committee on Global Thought and the Task Force on Undergraduate Education both address the questions of globalization of curricula.
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World Leaders Forum
Launched in 2003, the World Leaders Forum is an annual University-wide initiative that helps realize Columbia’s commitment to serving as a center for public discussion and debate on the large economic, political, social, and cultural questions of our time.
View slide show of world leaders at Columbia.