The International Fellows Program (IFP) is a two-semester seminar open to students of all graduate degree programs at Columbia University. During their first semester, students develop an understanding of the emergence of the United States as a dominant world power, including a historical review of U.S. foreign policy. Particular attention is paid to key episodes and to developments over the past two decades. To complement the discussion, students read major memoirs and other appropriate texts.
The second semester focuses on a world that has become less American in recent years, considering questions of globalization and emerging powers. To complement the discussion, students will be assigned to study key instruments and issues related to globalization.
Throughout both semesters, students will meet with current practitioners and other outside speakers, write and present policy papers, and visit the United Nations and key policymakers in Washington, D.C.