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SIPA and New York City

In 1897, when Columbia University's trustees decided to relocate the school from East 49th Street to Morningside Heights, a green and leafy plateau overlooking Harlem, Central Park, Midtown and downtown Manhattan, they created a unique urban campus surrounded by distinctive neoclassical buildings. It offered students a refuge from the hurly-burly New York, but still linked them to New York City and its institutions.

Columbia University's location remains a vital asset to this day, where students benefit from Manhattan's incomparable career opportunities and its flourishing commercial and cultural life. SIPA students can intern during the semester at the United Nations or one of the major broadcast networks, hone their skills in a practicum designed to meet the needs of real-world clients, or attend lectures by visiting heads of state, government leaders, and business executives. New York City is a living laboratory where students can view the consequences of public policy and apply the city's experience to challenges at the furthest reaches of the globe.

The vibrant and culturally diverse Upper West Side, just beyond the campus gates, provides a center for student social life and a place for many students to call home during their years at SIPA. Columbia University is a leading international institution in the heart of the world's most international city—a combination no other school can offer.