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Alternative Spring Break Participant Application

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) participant applications will be open through Tuesday, December 3.

The Alternative Spring Break: NYC Arts & Culture (ASB) program is overseen by Undergraduate Student Life with participation from Barnard College and General Studies. The program aims to provide undergraduate students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College and General Studies with exposure to the performing arts in NYC. For 2020, the theme is "Theatre in New York: Broadway and Beyond" and will take place Monday, March 16Friday, March 20 (Spring Break). Throughout the week students will explore different theatrical art forms such as improvisation, immersive theatre, circus arts and more by participating in workshops, attending performances and exploring the various theatrical opportunities around the city, expanding beyond "just" the Broadway shows we all know and love! ASB is a fun, interactive and immersive program during Spring Break that brings students from all different backgrounds, interests and experience together for a week of creativity, exploration, growth and opportunity. 


Spring Break 2020: Monday, March 16Friday, March 20*
*Dates and times for activities and events are still being solidified. All participants are expected to participate in all ASB activities in their entirety; this is an immersive program and participants should NOT participate in other meetings/events/plans during this period.

Location and Activities

The week is filled with an array of activities at various locations throughout New York and on the Columbia University Campus. Details about the schedule and activities will be shared with those who are selected as part of the program. For examples of a previous program, please check out the 2018 ASB Itinerary. All students who live in residence halls are able to stay in their rooms during Spring Break to participate in the program.


The ASB program application is open to any undergraduate student in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College and General Studies in good academic and judicial standing. The program is limited to 14 students and is ideal for those with a passion/interest/curiosity for performing arts. It is encouraged for students of all interests to apply. No experience or background in the arts is required or necessary.  

Need for Accommodations

If you are a student that is registered with Disability Services, are differently abled or in need of special accommodations to participate in ASB, please indicate so on your application. If you are selected for the program, a member from the ASB team will reach out to discuss and coordinate accommodations and support. If you find you need accommodations and did not indicate so on the application, please email for more information. 


ASB provides three meals during the program. An opening group dinner on Monday, one group lunch during the week and closing dinner on Friday. All other meals fall under the responsibility of the student and are not covered or provided by the program. Please note, John Jay is open during spring break from 10:00 a.m.7:00 p.m. Students who have a meal plan are able to use their swipes to eat. Students who do not have a meal plan can also eat at John Jay for the door price. John Jay accepts cash, credit or debit card. 

Breakfast: $10.50
Lunch: $13.75
Dinner: $14.75

Judicial and Academic Standing Verification

Students applying for the program and/or receiving funding must be in good academic and judicial standing.

Student Fee and Funding

Students selected for the program are required to pay a $75 fee to participate in ASB. The payment must be turned in by Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. to 515C Lerner to guarantee participation. More details will be given to selected applicants. If paying the student fee proves difficult, limited funding to subsidize cost is available for eligible students. This fee does not cover the cost of meals during the program week; meals are the responsibility of each student. If you are interested in being considered for funding please see the information for your respective school below.

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Funding Information 
Limited funding is available through the Alternative Spring Break Program for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students and can cover up to $75; however, it is not guaranteed. This funding was established to help alleviate significant financial need for those who otherwise may not be able to participate in the program. To be considered for funding you must fill out the ASB application below. There is a funding section specifically for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students included. For questions, please email

General Studies Funding Information 
Funding for General Studies students can be found via the GS Student Life Allocation Board Funding Application. For questions, please email

Barnard College Funding Information
Funding for Barnard College students can be found via the Barnard Student Life Leadership Development Grant (SLDG). For questions, please email


Still have questions? For further information, please email

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