Written by Bwog Staff
October 06, 201211:41 am 3 Comments
+1 for guardian angels
On Tuesday, students, professors, and United Nations officials crowded the 15th floor of the International Affairs building in order to listen to a panel speak about SIPA’s May 2012 trip to North Korea, the first and last trip of its kind at Columbia. East Asian aficionado Roberta Barnett retells their harrowing tale.
The panel, composed mainly of the fifteen students and professors Charles K. Armstrong and Jeong-Ho Roh, was moderated by trip coordinator Dr. Elisabeth Lindenmayer, director of SIPA’s United Nations Studies program.
The seven-day trip was the brainchild of SIPA student Taeyoung Kim, who proposed the idea to Dr. Lindenmayer last year. Lindenmayer used her connections within the UN to gain a formal invitation to North Korea. Students then applied to be part of the team that visited in the spring. The acceptees were a diverse group, including American and South Korean citizens. Over the course of the trip, the group toured Pyongyang schools, drove through the countryside, and even visited an amusement park.
“There are over 140 people here, and over 190 outside on the waitlist. This shows just how important North Korea is to us, East Asia, and the rest of the world,” began Kim. He went on to cite the power of ideology and the dire economic situation in North Korea as his most salient observations. For example, when purchasing items in a store near the southern border, there was no way to get change back. He either had to purchase more items or give up his change.
See the students’ experiences after the jump
Tags: brave souls, field trips!, good luck going back, lecturehop, No gangnam here, North Korea, one way trips...or not, sipa, Stalin would rolling in his grave right now, study abroad
February 25, 20121:10 pm 1 Comments
Q: I’m entering a suite with a few other guys, one of whom is studying abroad this semester. I know there are some extra steps we have to take, like designating a proxy for housing selection, but are there any other pitfalls that housing won’t tell me about until we fall into them?
A: Put simply, no.
Students who study abroad via a Columbia-approved program for a semester (or two) are guaranteed housing when they get back. Since your group member is studying abroad in the Spring semester, he will register online like he normally would for room selection—you can only ask that he doesn’t choose a pretentious username in the language he’s now “fluent in” to show off his newly polished linguistic skills—and he will join your suite selection group.
Within the online registration, he’ll have the option to select a proxy. This proxy, who will be responsible for showing up to room selection in John Jay and physically choosing his room in the suite, can even be another member of your suite group. Then, the group member who is abroad must again access the online registration form, and sign his own occupancy agreement.
Beyond this measure, everything will work the same way. Your suite will show up, and if all goes well, pick your suite and individual rooms within the suite. If not, you’ll spend the next hour bingeing on Smarties that the nice Housing people have provided in mass quantities, so it’s pretty much win-win.
Tags: ask bwog housingmaster, does the word proxy give anyone else nightmarish flashbacks from frontiers of science?, housing, proxy, study abroad
October 01, 201112:30 pm 5 Comments
Bwog is occasionally inclined to showcase the artistic talent of the Columbia community. One of our renegade ‘toonists, Jamila Barra, is abroad in Argentina this semester studying Spanish (duh), Latin American philosophy, drawing, and ceramics. In her drawings, she captures telltale figments of everyday life in Mendoza and Chile. When Bwog asked her to articulate some of her thoughts, she said she’d been encountering “lots of questions about identity and morality and the point of nations that I hadn’t heard asked before,” and was challenged by art classes that were “much more interested in imagination and self-expression” than on technique.
Submit any and all ‘toons to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jamila's host, Abuela: "And again they invite me for dinner.. I wish they'd let me stay home! I can let one rip whenever I like and nobody hears me."
A park scene from Mendoza
"Two US dudes walking around in Valparaíso in Chile"
Tags: argentina, foreign correspondents, jamila barra, overheard, Saturday Morning Cartoons, study abroad
September 27, 20117:40 pm 16 Comments
Pictured: studying a broad
And burst it big! If you’re interested in studying abroad next semester or next year, it behooves you to dash over to 602 Hamilton at 8:15 this evening. The Office of Global Programs (OGP) is hosting a Study Abroad General Info Session for all interested undergrads. They’ll cover eligibility, types of programs, language requirements, programs for scientists & engineers, credit, and more! Students who have previously studied abroad will share stories of their adventures in the great big world: living in Senegalese home stays, managing the Argentine transport system, acing the end of term exams at LSE in London, and experiencing la vie française in Paris.
But wait, there’s more! If you are interested in studying abroad, Bwog is here to help! Read on, brave travelers.
Studying abroad is undoubtedly one of the most exciting experiences a college student can have, but the application process can seem slightly daunting at best. To give you a hand on your long winding road to the airport, Bwog presents our finest tips and tricks for studying abroad.
Et voila! No Morningside February for you, friend!
Pun only a dad would make via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: no one has ever spent a happy dollar at duane reade, not free food, ogp, please excuse our awful puns, popping the columbia bubble, sometimes bwog just likes to lend a hand, study abroad, there's more to the world than just what's past 96th street, tips n trix
May 07, 20112:26 pm 16 Comments
Europe is scary! For those of you considering a summer romp through the continental continent, Caitlyn Levin, an Actual European, details her journey through Europe and describes the workings of the mysterious Eurail system.
The cultured man’s choo-choo train.
If you’re thinking about traveling around Europe this summer, you’ve probably already heard the term “Eurail” thrown around, and if you’re anything like me, you have no idea what it means, because (being fairly ignorant of how train travel works) the concept is completely new. I was in a similar situation this past Spring Break, when I decided to embrace my Junior year abroad and travel forth into the great unknown of Europe–scary, I know. Friends told me that if you’re making the great train trip, a Eurail pass is the way to go. There’s an abundance of information on the Internet about Eurail passes, but most of it is confusing who have never traveled anywhere in Europe by train before.
Thrown into deep confusion, my research into these multi-faceted passes began.
Basically, a Eurail pass is a train ticket that enables you to take multiple trains through multiple cities on multiple days. Simple, right? They’re often recommended to people, especially young people, who want to travel via train through Europe with the flexibility to plan their course as they move. It sounds easy—and for the most part, it is—but it’s important to do research beforehand to figure out whether or not you actually need one.
The passes are produced by Eurail Group, a non-profit organization, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Firstly, they’re broken down into four categories:
These passes vary in price depending on which countries you choose, and how many “travel days” you want to have. “What is a travel day?!” you shout. Read on to find out.
Tags: belgian-style wheat ale, bwog travel tips, europe, eurotrip, for those of you who don't have fulbrights, study abroad, summer travel
April 21, 20113:00 pm 4 Comments
Alma revamped: new and improved model, now featuring several balloons in honor of the Global conference.
On April 20, Columbia hosted a conference called “Columbia Goes Global: The Next 50 Years,” featuring speakers like PrezBo and Kenneth Prewitt. Several Bwoggers headed over to cover parts of the event. The first installment comes from studying-anywhere-but-Butler enthusiast Victoria Wills, who reports from the “A New Way to Study Abroad” segment of the event.
When Columbia announced its full-day “Columbia Goes Global” event, including a presentation about “A New Way to Study Abroad,” many hoped for follow-up to President Bollinger’s fireside chat proposition of an expenses-paid fifth year abroad. Sadly, PrezBo and his enigmatic plan were far from the topic of this chat. Instead, Interim Director of Columbia Global Centers Europe Victoria de Grazia presented a powerpoint on a new new way Columbia students will study abroad: at Reid Hall, in Paris.
“At Reid Hall?” you might ask, “doesn’t Columbia already have programs at Reid Hall?” Well… yeah. But, once it’s renamed an Advanced School for Global Studies (and presumably decked out in the cutting-edge grass photoshopped into the Parisian alleyways de Grazia’s powerpoint slides), the Reid Hall we know and love will become “Reid Hall 2020,” the way of the future. On a serious note, de Grazia offered insightful comments on the need for undergraduate programs that integrate students more fully in the language and culture of the host nation, and drew interesting comparisons back to her own immersive study abroad experience in Europe and North Africa in the 1960s with Smith College.
Read more after the jump!
Tags: columbia goes global, lecturehop, prezbo, reid hall, study abroad, the way of the future
February 04, 20111:18 pm 3 Comments
Bwog just received the following email from Robert Hornsby, Director of Media Relations at Columbia. We’re glad everyone made it out safely!
A number of University offices worked diligently in collaboration to assist members of the Columbia community with travel arrangements from Egypt, and we are happy to report that to the best of our knowledge based on current information, our students and faculty who were there are accounted for and relocated to safe destinations of their choice.
Tags: egypt, study abroad
February 01, 20114:30 pm 4 Comments
Ellen Morris, Academic Director of the semester abroad program, confirmed the Columbia students studying at NYU’s Amheida archeology program were safely evacuated from Egypt yesterday evening. After stopping in Dubai, they are due back in New York City today. “For the rest of the semester,” Morris writes, the CU & BC students will be studying abroad in the Village (in NYU housing).” All the way downtown!
We’re very happy to hear you’re all safe!
Tags: nyu, phew, study abroad
November 10, 20106:30 pm 26 Comments
Freshling CCSC candidates are clearly not the only ones who confuse pi and rho as evinced by this cringe-worthy abomination below, for which we have SEAS to thank. Thank you! What would Gerry Visco say?!
Photo by HEH
Tags: fail, greek, it's all greek to them, SEAS...on Bwog!, study abroad
October 01, 201012:00 pm 5 Comments
This globe is sad--probably because he never studied abroad!!
Hang on to your hats, folks. The Study Abroad Fair is today! If you’re at all interested in leaving “Upstate Manhattan” for a semester or two, head over to the fair in Roone Auditorium at 12:30 p.m.. Are French home-stays as awkward as everyone says they are? Where’s the best place to meet cute Italian guys? You’ll find the answers to these questions (in addition to many other more relevant ones, we hope) at the Study Abroad Fair. Go check it out.
Photo from flickr/JohnLeGear
Tags: asiat, breaking out of the morningside bubble...to the extreme, europe, study abroad, the choices are endless
September 29, 20101:30 pm 2 Comments
See you there! Via Wikimedia
A lot of study abroad applications are due this Friday, October 1, and if you happen to be a member of the Class of 2012 eager to leave Morningside next semester, your days have been filled with a few extra doses of Existential Crisis and lots of paperwork. Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier, now that we’re about 48 hours away from the deadline.
Tags: administration, airplanes, bureaucracy, other places, peter paul and mary, study abroad, the anthropology of estrangement
April 08, 200912:50 pm 8 Comments
Not to say that anyone who goes to study in a country that requires little or no foreign language proficiency is taking a shortcut. However, if you would like to study abroad somewhere other than wherever your foreign language requirement can get you, you might want a shortcut around taking another two years of language beforehand.
If you’re thinking along those lines and you’re hungry, stop by CCSC 2011 & 2012’s info event, Study Abroad Programs in English. Free pizza will be served, and you can learn about all the study abroad programs that you are eligible for without any proficiency in a foreign language, or with a proficiency you can get in a semester.
And that’s more than just the UK – South Africa, the Czech Republic, and Austria are all favorites with little or no pre-requesite language. Information about keeping up with the Core while abroad will also be provided at this event. It all goes down from 4:00-6:00 pm today in Lerner C555.
Tags: free food, study abroad
November 21, 20082:00 pm 14 Comments
The November issue of The Blue and White is on racks near you! This month, we went abroad, into Morningside, and outside of conventional history.
The only feature that combines public nudity in Japan with being a Mormon in France (plus music and food from Argentina, Russia, and Turkey).
The chain store invades Morningside Heights.
Imagine a Columbia where athletes and protestors are the same people.
Meet veterans of the Iraq War, the hunger strike, and the campaign trail.
It may be the 25th anniversary of coeducation at Columbia, but even the university seems to have forgotten.
Tags: alternate history, brotests, columbia history, fractivists, morningside heights, politics, quickbw, study abroad
November 12, 20085:16 pm 1 Comments
From the November issue of The Blue and White, we bring you study abroad dispatches from Argentina and France written by correspondents Hannah Goldfield and Ren McKnight. Hard copies will be on the (nonexistent) racks on Monday!
I am already thinking about the things I will miss. I’ve been in South America since May and the things I miss about home are starting to gnaw at me. It doesn’t help that my body, accustomed to 21 years of crisp, chilly, autumnal November, is disoriented by the intense, impending Argentine summer, which is beautiful but feels misplaced, almost artificial.
The things I will miss about Buenos Aires mostly involve food. Milanesa: beef pounded thin, battered in egg and breadcrumbs, then both fried and baked. My host family eats it once a week, served cold with a salad of lettuce and tomatoes. Empanadas, which can be purchased on just about any block of the city, although the style and quality can differ greatly. I prefer baked over fried, filled with chopped meat, hard-boiled egg, and olives, or sweet corn. And then there are the steaks. It’s true what they say about Argentina: steak is what’s for dinner. There is nothing so tantalizing as the smell of thick cuts of beef roasting over hot charcoal, nothing so satisfying as each juicy bite of my favorite meat-centered meal: ribeye, accompanied by French fries or a puree of squash and washed down with a great Malbec. (more…)
Tags: study abroad
November 10, 20086:41 pm 14 Comments
Taking a cue from PrezBo, SEAS hosted its own “fireside” chat Monday night to address students’ concerns on a broad range of topics.
The digs were markedly less than splendiforous than 60 Morningside Drive – the Carleton Lounge on the first floor of Mudd is less than inviting, as its occupants often feel like they’re inside some sort of fishbowl with large windows looking outside at ground level.
And it was not a solo show. From SEAS, Interim Dean Geri Navratil hosted with Vice Dean Mort Friedman, who began teaching at Columbia in 1956. Three deans from Student Affairs were also present. Though Navratil chose questioners and commented, Friedman did most of the talking.
From the beginning, Friedman’s passion was evident. He was quite interested in student life at SEAS and about their opinions as to the SEAS curriculum, which he oversees. The evening’s questions covered a broad range of topics, though Friedman managed to each of them back to his broad vision for SEAS in the twenty-first century. Navratil even used Friedman’s now-famous quotation that graces every SEAS bulletin: “Engineering is the liberal art of the twenty-first century.” Friedman was always quick to assure the attendees that Columbia engineers would graduate as the most well-rounded engineers. Indeed, he is responsible for implementing the now twenty-some minors available to SEAS students over the last ten years.
Tags: advising, fireside chats, friedman, gerald navratil, seas, study abroad
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