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A Global Student Body

A diverse and global community

In any given year, SIPA students and faculty come from nearly 100 countries, with approximately half of the student body from overseas. Varied student organizations like the Columbia SIPA Veterans Association, SIPA Pan-African Network, and Gender Policy Working Group provide opportunities for intellectual exploration, social activities, and more.

SIPA Student Profile: Eduarda Zoghbi MPA ’22

Hailing from Brazil, Eduarda Zoghbi MPA ’22 is concentrating in energy and environment and specializing in gender and public policy at Columbia SIPA. Before coming to SIPA, Eduarda was a climate change consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Brazil.

“I decided to study energy and environment at SIPA because I knew it would be the best institution to offer me the opportunity to connect with world-renowned and international faculty experienced in climate negotiations and advising governments. Growing up, I always considered climate change to be the world’s most pressing challenge, and my goal going to SIPA was to learn from the best and make an impactful contribution to my country—Brazil.”

SIPA Student Body at a Glance




Native languages spoken


Countries represented

SIPA Finance Society

Student Organizations

A vibrant array of student groups organize programming on a variety of issues in international and public affairs, along with social events and community service.

"One of my favorite parts about SIPA is its diverse student body! I’ve made friends from all over the country and world (about 60% of my graduating class are international students!). This is a valuable opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures within my classroom and among my peers and friends. I love hearing different languages in the classrooms and hallways."

– Amira Mandwee MIA '23

Student Stories

Geopolitical Stability
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Technology & Innovation
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Meet the SIPA Community
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