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ECLA Application

ECLA Application Form


Please complete the application below and click 'submit' when you are completed. Once you click 'submit,' you should receive two confirmations - a web confirmation and email confirmation - if you have applied successfully. If you do not receive these confirmations, please review your application and make sure that you have filled in all required information. All questions marked with an * are required.

Part 1: Company Information

Part 2: Participants' Information

Participant 1

Current Resume or CV: Please email a copy of your resume to

Participant 2

Current Resume or CV: Please email a copy of your resume to

Part 3: Assessment

Part 4: Letter of Intent

In the space below, include a Letter of Intent, which outlines your reasons for applying to this program. Please note this portion of the application is mandatory.  Be sure to respond to the following questions:

  1. What are the main challenges that you face in your company, and which of these challenges, if any, do you think this program could help you with? and
  2. How do you see your organization evolving in the next 5 years?

Part 5: Terms and Conditions of Enrollment

When you enroll in the ECLA program, you are subject to the terms and conditions of Columbia Business School Executive Education Cancellation Policies and ECLA Academic Policies. These are outlined below.

Cancellation Policies
All notification of withdrawals and substitutions must be sent in writing to the Chazen Institute. Up to 30 days before the start date of each phase of the program, payment is refunded in full. If written notification is not received prior to 30 days before the start of the program, 30% of the amount due for that phase is assessed to cover irrecoverable costs paid to service providers on the participant's behalf. Any withdrawals, substitutions, and transfers after the start of the program are subject to the sole discretion of the Faculty Director of the ECLA program and may result in relinquishment of up to 100% of the amount due for that phase.

Withdrawals. Notification of withdrawal must be received at least 30 days prior to the start date of each program phase to avoid penalty. Within 30 days of the start date, withdrawals are subject to 30% of the amount due. After the start of the program phase, any withdrawal will result in forfeiture of the full amount due.

Substitutions. All substitutions of participants are subject to the sole discretion of the Faculty Director of the ECLA program. Requests must be submitted with an application and will be reviewed based on applicant qualifications and time required to complete preparatory work. Substitutions within the same firm may only be made with the prior approval of the Faculty Director.

Transfers. Applicants cannot make transfers to any other Columbia Business School Executive Education or Endeavor program. No transfers of ECLA program fees will be considered valid.

Academic Policies
It is expected that students will successfully demonstrate the skills, tools, and perspectives introduced in the program through three program deliverables: a Process Improvement Project, which involves the creation, implementation, and evaluation of actionable strategies to improve company performance; a Business Growth Plan, which outlines steps for cross-border expansion; and a final Case Study, which reports how students attempted to grow their businesses throughout the program. Students who cannot demonstrate impact on their companies as the result of their Process Improvement Projects will not be asked to continue the program through Phase II. These students will be refunded a portion of their program fee.

I, the undersigned, have read and understand Columbia Executive Education Cancellation Policies and ECLA Academic Policies. I agree to abide by these policies and to be responsible for and pay all fees.

By submitting this application, the applicant understands and agrees with Columbia Executive Education Cancellation Policies and ECLA Academic Policies. Applications cannot be processed without this agreement.


Frequently Asked Questions

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The Chazen Institute does not have members; most of our programs are open to anyone. All current students and faculty receive our mailings.

Email us at, or call 212-854-4750. Our mailing address is Columbia Business School, 3022 Broadway, Uris Hall 2M2, New York, NY 10027. Our fax number is 212-851-9509.

Simply email us at and let us know you'd like to be added to our list. To subscribe to Chazen Global Insights, our e-newsletter, click here.

Winter study tours are announced in May; spring tours are announced in October. Check our study tour page for updates.

Alumni are welcome at most of the events we sponsor. Alumni can also learn another language through the Chazen Language Program. Be sure to sign up for the Chazen Institute email list on the alumni website to receive notification of upcoming events.

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Chazen Global Insights

Is Australia on the Wrong Track?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended many of his government’s reforms by invoking the American model of cutbacks on spending.

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Beyond China: Where Asian Growth Is

For investors and deal-makers, there is ample opportunity beyond China and India said Changyong Rhee of the IMF at a recent Chazen Institute event.

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Creating a Learning Society

Virtually every government policy, intentionally or not, has direct and indirect effects on learning, says Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz

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India's New Prime Minister: What Needs to Happen Now

Two Columbia University professors who are authors of a new award-winning book discuss what's at stake.

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Tunisia's Fight for Democracy

The new Prime Minister explains how revolution is leading to freedom and a country of laws.

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Turkey's Hot-Money Problem

Ongoing financial volatility in emerging economies is fueling debate about whether the so-called “Fragile Five” — Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey — should be viewed as victims of their excessive integration into global financial markets.

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Reforming China's State-Market Balance

Many of China’s problems today stem from too much market and too little government, says Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz.

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One Europe, One Banking System

Could it happen? What are the benefits and obstacles? Two prominent Euro economists go head-to-head.

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Lessons from Portugal

Former Finance Minister Vítor Gaspar opens up about his resignation last summer and the hope he still holds for his economically challenged country.

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Upcoming Events

Registration open for Chazen language classes until Sept. 9.
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Sept. 4: Chazen Institute info session for CBS students. 12:30 p.m., Uris 307

Sept 9: Information session for CBS students interested in organizing a Winter Study Tour. 12:30 p.m., Uris 142


In the News

August 11, 2014

“Fragile by Design” nominated for FT honor
Chazen Senior Scholar Charles Calomiris’ book is one of 16 finalists for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year.
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August 1, 2014

When It’s Good to Have Bad Choices
Chazen Senior Scholar Sheena Iyengar's research is featured in The New Yorker: "When It's Bad to Have Good Choices."
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June 10, 2014

The Promise of Modinomics in India
Chazen Senior Scholar Arvind Pangariya explains how the new prime minister can bring back growth.
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June 9, 2014

We Don't Hate Change, But Change Hates Us
All new technology spreads at a breakneck pace, right? Wrong, according to research by Chazen Senior Scholar Eric Verhoogen featured on National Public Radio.
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April 28, 2014

How Automation Fell Flat in the World’s Soccer-Ball Capital
The research of Chazen Senior Scholars Amit Khandelwal and Eric Verhoogen is featured in a Wall Street Journal article on Pakistan’s soccer ball industry
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April 27, 2014

The Risks and Rewards of High-Frequency Trading
“We’ve been transitioning, and the computers won," Chazen Senior Scholar Charles Jones tells The Christian Science Monitor.
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April 16, 2014

Arianna Huffington on the Struggle to Find Work-Life Balance
Fast Company dissects Huffington’s talk at Columbia Business School.
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