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Technische Universität Dortmund  located in Dortmund, Germany

Technische Universität Dortmund located in Dortmund, Germany

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This year, Columbia College has become home to 19 international students; three of those students are a part of our exchange program. Columbia College has two partner schools in Germany and South Korea, along with an arrangement with the Irish American Scholars program.

Technische Universität Dortmund is located in Dortmund, Germany. This partnership came about because of Ute Wachsmann-Linnan, associate professor of art history and a native of Germany.

“I’ve lived in the United States for 25 years, but I have been at Columbia College since 2000. The program began in 2006 in Germany, and we received our first student in 2007,” Wachsmann-Linnan said.

Technische Universität Dortmund has a population of about 31,600 students with 66 bachelor’s and master’s programs according to the university’s website. The exchange program allows students to continue to be enrolled in their home school while they come to Columbia College to take part in our culture and academics. A student’s stay can range from a semester to a year.

This semester, Columbia College has seven Vietnamese students, four German students and one student each from South Korea and Spain. Out of these international students, four are exchange students.

“We have had many of our own students go to Dortmund and stay for the entire year, such as past students Olivia Cooley and Joanna Birch. Depending on your major and its course track, you could definitely stay for the entire year,” Wachsmann-Linnan said. She also indicated that students should take into account that the semester timelines are slightly different at the partner schools.

Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea

Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea

Sookmyung Women’s University is our partner school in South Korea. Sookmyung opened in 1908 and is Korea’s first private women’s university with 13,000 students, according to the school’s website.

“Sookmyung exchange program is at least 40 years old,” Wachsmann-Linnan said.

Currently there are not any students from Columbia College at any of the other partner schools, but spring and summer semester applications can be found in the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs. For more information, see Wendy Ferguson in the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs or Erin Carlson in the Institute for Leadership and Academic Excellence.


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