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 2018-2019 program flyer

The application process for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed. Thank you to all students who applied to GTE. Committee on Global Thought staff will be in touch with you directly to confirm the status of your application.

Important Information for Students

  • CGT staff reviews each application submitted by the deadline and subsequently matches successful applicants to an organization.
  • 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.
  • The program involves 3-6 hours/week of service at the assigned organization, and participation in monthly meetings on campus.
  • The monthly meetings on campus give GTE participants an opportunity to learn about the work their fellow students are engaging in—to see the issue of immigration in New York from different angles and within global context. Meetings are led by CGT staff members and feature access to relevant readings and literature. Refreshments are provided as well.
  • An end-of-year reception provides students the opportunity to share their experiences with the larger Columbia University community.
  • The CGT provides a flat-rate stipend to students participating in GTE to help cover transportation costs incurred commuting to their assigned organization.
  • As an experiential learning initiative, please note that GTE is non-credit-bearing.
  • Please email CGT Program Coordinator Carolyn Marino Carmichael with any questions at