You are here
Organizing a Tour
Applications for Winter Tours are due in mid-April. Applications for Spring tours are due in late September
Students may plan study tours in January, March, May or August, during the School’s breaks. Tour itineraries must include an average of two company visits per business day. Travel time and type of visit should be taken into account when planning the itinerary.
The Chazen Institute provides logistical advice and support throughout the study tour–planning process, but students themselves organize the trip. Tour organizers are responsible for everything from booking airlines and hotels to planning the corporate visits. Tour organizers are expected to take full ownership of the study tour and to partner with the Chazen Institute to ensure a smooth process and accountability. The Chazen institute will subsidize the travel program fee for two study tour organizers upon successful completion of the study tour. Tour organizers will be responsible for their own airfare.
Students who are interested in organizing a tour should submit an application to the Chazen Institute at least six months before the tour would embark (April for January tours, October for March/May/August tours). The application should include the following:
- an essay outlining reasons for going and why they are capable of organizing the tour
- a proposed itinerary
- a proposed faculty adviser
- a résumé for each organizer
- lists of organizers’ contacts in the country
- a proposed budget
- sign up for an interview slot for the entire team
If the application is strong, the Chazen Institute will interview the organizers. If a tour receives approval, Chazen Institute staff members will provide organizational checklists and timelines and stay involved throughout the planning process. If a tour is successfully completed, Chazen partially subsidizes organizer travel costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know how to contact us? Or what we have to offer? Try here first.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Creating a Learning Society
Virtually every government policy, intentionally or not, has direct and indirect effects on learning, says Nobel Laureate Joseph E. StiglitzRead More
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.Read More
Tunisia's Fight for Democracy
The new Prime Minister explains how revolution is leading to freedom and a country of laws.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
One Europe, One Banking System
Could it happen? What are the benefits and obstacles? Two prominent Euro economists go head-to-head.Read More
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.Read More