Participating on a Chazen Study Tour

Scheduled Visits

International Study Tours are designed for students who want the opportunity to learn firsthand about other business cultures. Students meet with leading executives, government officials, and alumni while visiting company headquarters, factories, and cultural sites. Students have an average of two company visits a day (8-10 throughout the week), and all meetings are mandatory. Students are traveling on behalf of Columbia Business School and are expected to act as ambassadors of the School brand by actively participating in company visits and alumni receptions

Signing Up

Interested students submit a paragraph of 100 words explaining why they are interested in the particular Study Tour to an online lottery site which is open for 2-7 days. If there are fewer students in the lottery than the cap, they will all be directed to a website for payment of their deposits at the end of the lottery period. If there are more students in the lottery than the cap, the computer will randomly select participants who will be directed to a website for payment of their deposits. Once directed, students have 24 hours to pay their deposit online or they forfeit their spot on the Tour. If the Study Tour does not fill to capacity during the lottery period, it is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Only current, full-time Columbia Business School students are allowed to sign-up (no significant others).

Some Tours give priority to certain classes (1st or 2nd year) or to particular clubs. If applicable, this will be noted. Tours have a minimum number of 16 students and a maximum of 40. Some Tours may have lower caps for logistical reasons.


Tours take place over school vacation periods, usually late December/early January and March, with occasional May or August tours. Study Tours last between 7 and 10 days. Sign-ups for Winter Tours generally take place in September. However, some Tours, may choose to have sign-ups in the summer due to the heavy tourist season. Sign-ups for Spring Tours take place in late November.


Costs vary depending on the Study Tour. However, in general, Tour fees include hotel (based on double occupancy), local transportation, some meals, guides and tips. Students are expected to stay in the same hotel. Payments are a two-step process: students pay a non-refundable deposit upon sign-up and later make a final payment 4-6 weeks before the trip. Students are not able to increase their loan eligibility for a study tour unless they are doing an associated independent study.

Please note: Students with holds on their student accounts (e.g. tuition, immunization, etc.) will be unable to participate in Chazen Study Tours. It is each student's responsibility to reconcile his/her account prior to submitting their deposit for a tour. 

Travel Precautions

Vaccinations and immunizations are recommended for many international destinations. Please review the latest health and safety information from University Health Services and schedule travel appointments if need be. Health Services is particularly busy leading up to school breaks, please schedule an appointment as early as possible.

Getting the most out of the Study Tour Experience

Independent Study: Study Tours are a non-credit learning experience. However, interested students can choose to make a Tour part of an independent study class for credit. Visit the Office of Student Affairs.
Apply to be a Social Media Guru: Blog from the streets of your study tour. Contact for more information. Click here to view past blogs.
Photo Contest: Showcase visuals from tours through the annual photo contest.

If you would like to propose a Chazen Study Tour, review Organizing a Tour.

Learn about past tours through study tour reports.

View destinations and itineraries for past Study Tours.