Trips to Shanghai and London

Spring Break Abroad

CORE is taking you abroad this spring break! From March 9th to March 17th, our Global Tech Treks program gives you the option of traveling to London or Shanghai to explore these cities' tech scenes. You'll be meeting with local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, touring startup offices, and, of course, exploring the most popular tourist attractions.

Past Companies

Student Testimonials

“The CORE Spring Break tech trek was the most exciting and worthy event I was a part of this year, in no small part due to the excellent programming of the trip. Out of the companies we go to see, my favorite was Rentify. The people that we met in their office were so funny and intelligent, and I felt extremely lucky that we had gotten to meet them one-on-one. I learned a lot of lessons about the European tech scene and its growth trajectory, as well as a ton about European culture (take-out becomes take-away!), since I’d never been to the continent before. My favorite moment on the trip was probably staring out at the Thames and Big Ben from the top of the London Eye, which was a breathtaking view. I can’t wait to go on other tech treks next year and learn more about other parts of the world and their tech scenes.” —Mayank Mahajan, SEAS ’16

“Ask a bunch of college students, ‘Want to spend your spring break in Paris immersing yourself in the tech and entrepreneurship scene of the city?’ and you’ve got yourself quite the self-selected bunch. While I was expecting traipsing around the city with intermittent visits to startup offices, instead I had the privilege of attending intimate presentations from successful founders of hardware and fintech startups, experiencing an exhilarating and bilingual pitch night alongside business students from the city, and gorging on croissants while learning about France’s unique startup funding space from venture capitalists. On our visit to one of France’s most prominent tech accelerators, a founder shared some poignant insight: ‘Be an entrepreneur because you can’t imagine yourself being anything else.’ The tenacity, innovation, and hustle that I had the opportunity to witness during my short week in Paris taught me that this sentiment is universal, and entrepreneurship is a powerful global phenomenon that can solve technical and social problems against all odds. Now, a spring break without remixed renditions of Roar-Lion-Roar and Aux Champs Elyseés is a break I’d rather go without!” —Supriya Jain, SEAS ’16

Interested in Joining Us?

Applications are due Friday, November 2nd at 11:59PM

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the trips be?

The trips will depart on Saturday, March 9th and arrive back at Columbia on Sunday, March 17th.

Can GS/Barnard students apply?

Of course! Our program is open to all undergraduate Columbia students who are interested in exploring international entrepreneurship.

Do I need to be invested in entrepreneurship to apply?

No! If you show that you're excited to learn about the global entrepreneurship scene, we'll be happy to consider you!

Will there be time for tourist activities?

Of course! Most of our company visits end around 5pm, leaving plenty of time to explore.

Will financial aid be available?

We are already providing substantial amounts of financial aid to subsidize the cost for everyone, so we are unable to provide additional financial aid on an individual basis.

What will accomodations be?

All trips will have pre-arranged hotel lodging. Students going on the trip must stay with the group.

How many people can go on each trip?

Spots are limited to 15 people for each trip, so apply now!

Can international students apply?

Yes, international students are definitely welcome! However, we require all participants to arrange all necessary visas or other required documents on their own.

How much will the trips cost?

Thanks to generous sponsors and our partners at Columbia Entrepreneurship, costs will be limited to $950 for London and $1200-$1500 for Shanghai per person, which will cover round-trip flight and housing. Meals and local transportation are not covered by this price.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, please contact the following trip leaders. Feel free to email more than one of us if your question is more general and not specific to the locations!

Global Tech Treks Lead

London Tech Trek Lead

Anna Makowski

[email protected]

Shanghai Tech Trek LEAD

Lillian Wang

[email protected]