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 pressing issues for communities in Global New York.

Important Information for Students

Program Details & Requirements for Spring 2021

  • The program requires that students complete 3-6 hours/week of service at their assigned organization, and participate in two¬†group meetings over the course of the semester. 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 Spring 2021 meetings will be posted on this site once confirmed.
  • Students participating in GTE commit to one semester of service (Spring 2021).
  • Program testimonials from former GTE participants are available here.
  • As an experiential learning initiative, please note that GTE is non-credit-bearing.


  • Applications for the Spring 2021 semester have closed.¬†
  • 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, Andrew Wells, at with any questions.