Global Thought Experience

Global Thought Experience (GTE) is an experiential learning initiative sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought. The program enables Columbia undergraduate students to use knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to address issues affecting immigrant communities in Global New York. Download 2019-2020 program flyer

Important Information for Students

Program Details & Requirements

  • The program requires that students complete 3-6 hours/week of service at their assigned organization, and participate in four group meetings over the course of the academic year. These gatherings provide unique opportunities to discuss GTE experience with peers and to engage further with the theme of immigration. Past gatherings have¬†included a citizenship naturalization ceremony and opportunities to network with immigrant activists and non-profit leaders. Details and dates for the¬†2019-2020 meetings will be posted on this site once confirmed.
  • Students participating in GTE commit to one semester of service (Fall). Organizations may offer students the opportunity to continue for a second semester (Spring). In previous program cycles, most students have completed two semesters.
  • Program testimonials from former GTE participants are available here.
  • At the end of each semester, CGT will provide a flat-rate stipend to each student participant of GTE to help offset transportation costs incurred during the semester commuting to their assigned organization.
  • As an experiential learning initiative, please note that GTE is non-credit-bearing.


  • The application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year has passed. Thank you to all who submitted applications by the deadline. CGT staff will review each application and subsequently match successful applicants to an organization.
  • Please note that applications sent to CGT staff via email or to organizations directly will not be considered for GTE participation. Furthermore, students who arrange volunteer work with organizations independently of the program application process cannot retroactively join GTE.


Please email the CGT Program Coordinator with any questions.