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Short-term experiences

Columbia College offers two opportunities for short-term summer Study Abroad. Columbia College Study Tours take place each May and last nine to 14 days. The MOSAIC program hosts students for three to four weeks in cities around the globe. In addition to these programs, students may use Columbia College partners and other providers for short-term study.

Columbia College Study Tours

Every May, Columbia College students and faculty take flight for a new adventure to some of the world's most beautiful and amazing destinations! Past participants have climbed the Great Wall of China, hiked among the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, zip-lined through the cloud forests of Costa Rica, swam with sharks in waters off Belize, ridden camels at the Great Pyramids of Giza, explored the landmarks of Paris, cruised the Greek islands, stood in the ancient Roman Colosseum, marveled at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and much more!

Trips last nine to 14 days, and students can earn up to six credits with optional courses. Scholarships are available to qualifying students.

Study Tours are a great opportunity for:

  • Freshmen or sophomores to get an early start on Study Abroad
  • Students with schedules that don't allow longer programs
  • Travelers with a limited budget
  • Sharing an abroad experience with friends or family (Yes, they are welcome, too!)

Spring Break 2019 - Galapagos Islands Study Tour (March 23 - March 31, 2019)

One of the most pristine and protected habitats on Earth, the Galapagos is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including giant tortoise, iguanas, sea lions, flamingo, penguins and more than 400 species of fish. Designated the first World Heritage site in 1978, the Galapagos is also famous for the research conducted there by Charles Darwin on evolution and natural selection. Our tour begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and then moves to the Galapagos islands (Santa Cruz and Isabela islands). Among the highlights of the trip are visits to the Darwin Research Station, the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, flamingo lake, a volcano hike and snorkeling.

Price of $4,159 includes airfare, lodging (double rooms) and all meals. The final deadline to register for trip is December 8, 2019.  For full itinerary and to register visit the Galápagos Island Highlights.

All Columbia College students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are welcome to participate. Students must take at least one hour of credit.  View Study Tour courses

Missouri Study Abroad Intercollegiate Consortium (MOSAIC) 2019

MOSAIC Program Dates and Costs

Register for MOSAIC

Columbia College is a member of the MOSAIC consortium made up of eight colleges and universities offering three- to four-week summer programs in some of the world's greatest cities.

  • Earn six to nine credit hours (credit granted by Maryville University)
  • Take classes with professors from MOSAIC and host institutions. Classes are mostly taught "in the field"—in museums, galleries and among the world's most recognized landmarks. Several group excursions are part of every program.

Destinations include:

Partners and other providers

Additional semester study opportunities are available through Columbia College partners and other providers.

Central College of Iowa - Central College offers semester and summer programs in Austria, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

CIEE - CIEE is a non-profit and intercultural exchange organization with study abroad locations all over the world. 

Webster University - Webster University has five European campuses (Athens, Geneva, London, Leiden and Vienna) and a campus in Thailand. They also have exchange partners in China, Mexico and Japan. As a member of the Webster WINS network, Columbia College students receive up to a 30 percent tuition discount on Webster programs and can apply for a WINS travel award of up to $1,000 to cover airfare to their destination.

University of Missouri - Columbia College students may participate in faculty-led summer programs at the University of Missouri, including those sponsored by the Trulaske School of Business.


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