3A Entry Process
The Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po offers highly qualified students who are already enrolled in the Sciences Po Collège Universitaire an opportunity to continue their education in New York City at Columbia University through the 3A Entry process. In lieu of the traditional third-year abroad requirement, admitted students spend two years at Columbia University, enrolled full time at the School of General Studies, Columbia's undergraduate college for students pursuing a nontraditional educational path. Upon completion of their studies at Columbia, Dual BA Program students will earn two bachelor's degrees, one from each institution.
All current Sciences Po students enrolled in their second year of undergraduate studies at any of the seven undergraduate campuses are eligible to apply for the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry process, provided they will have validated their two years of study by the time of their matriculation to the Columbia University campus. Students enrolled in any of Sciences Po’s double-cursus programs (e.g. Sorbonne, University de Reims, etc) are also eligible to apply. If accepted, double-cursus students are expected to prioritize their Columbia University degree requirements once at Columbia and are solely responsible for fulfilling the graduation requirements of each of their institutions.
Strong candidates will have demonstrated academic excellence during both their first year at Sciences Po and their baccalauréat or equivalent secondary school studies.
Note: Students who are not currently enrolled in one of the Sciences Po undergraduate programs noted above are not eligible to apply for the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry application process. Students who do not meet these necessary criteria but are interested in applying for admission to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po are encouraged to apply through the first-year application process.
Students who previously applied to Columbia College/Columbia Engineering and were not admitted are not eligible to apply to the Dual BA Program. However, students who previously applied to the Dual BA Program and were not accepted are eligible to reapply through the 3A Entry process.
All Dual BA Program students, regardless of whether they are admitted through the first-year application process or through the 3A Entry process, may transfer up to the equivalent of 60 Columbia University points (credits) from Sciences Po (or other eligible university-level coursework) toward the fulfillment of the Columbia undergraduate degree program. Students may choose from any one of more than 80 majors offered, and will spend their two years at Columbia completing core, major, and elective requirements.
By enrolling in the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry, students are demonstrating their commitment to complete both years at Columbia. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded two bachelor's degrees, one each from Sciences Po and Columbia University, and like all Sciences Po alumni, are guaranteed admission to a master's program at Sciences Po.
Transitioning to Columbia
Students admitted through the Dual BA 3A Entry process will receive extensive support from the School of General Studies in their transition to Columbia University. For more information, visit the Student Life at Columbia section.
Students admitted to the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry process will be assigned an academic advisor from the School of General Studies in the spring of the second year at Sciences Po. The academic advisor provides support to newly-admitted students, both by guiding them in their transition to Columbia and in helping them navigate the completion of Columbia's undergraduate degree requirements. For double-cursus students, please be aware that Columbia academic advisors are unable to advise or assist with any requirements related to the double-cursus programs.
Upon declaring a major at Columbia, students are assigned faculty advisors within their major department who assume responsibility for advising students about courses and requirements for the major. Faculty advisors are also available to students completing concentrations in a particular discipline or program. Each academic department and program at Columbia has a designated Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), who is available for consultation about majors, concentrations, and their requirements.
All Dual BA Program students are guaranteed housing at Columbia when making the transition from France to New York in their third year. Students who initially choose not to take advantage of University housing will not be guaranteed placement at a later date. For more information, visit the Housing at Columbia University page.
Tuition and Financial Aid
During their two years of study at Columbia, Dual BA Program students will pay Columbia University tuition and fees. All Dual BA Program students are eligible to apply for financial aid at Columbia, consistent with all other students at the School of General Studies. For more information about financial aid, visit the Types of Aid page.
Several Sciences Po students are admitted to the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry application process each year. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant’s academic history, letter of recommendation, standardized test scores, and a personal essay. Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.
In applying for the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry process, students are agreeing that enrollment in this program takes priority over the possibility of participating in the traditional third-year exchange program. Double-cursus students also must understand that they are responsible for the fulfillment of their double-cursus requirements and that Columbia’s degree requirements take priority.
- All Dual BA Program 3A Entry applicants must also complete an application for the traditional third-year exchange program.
- Students not currently enrolled in a Sciences Po undergraduate program are not eligible for the 3A Entry application process and must apply through the first-year application process.
November 20, 2020, 12 p.m. CET
Applying to the Dual BA Program through the 3A Entry Process
A complete 3A Entry application for the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po includes the following:
- The application for admission, to be completed online. Create an account and choose "2021 Sciences Po Direct" from the menu. The $80 application fee will be waived for applicants to this program.
- Official baccalauréat results (or equivalent) that have been verified as official by Sciences Po and sent electronically from Sciences Po to Columbia. Documents should be accompanied by an English translation.
- Official Sciences Po transcripts sent electronically from Sciences Po to Columbia University. Double-cursus students must also have their second institution send official transcripts electronically directly to Columbia University, via email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any transcripts submitted by the applicants themselves will be considered unofficial. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by an English translation. Transcripts must reflect grades earned, as well as the number of units/credits awarded for each course taken. All university transcripts should be uploaded to the online application form.
- Photocopy of TOEFL IBT results (minimum score of 100), IELTS results (minimum overall score of 7; subscores are not important) or Duolingo (minimum score of 120). If admitted, students must send official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo results to Columbia.
- Photocopy of SAT or ACT scores, if applicable.
- CV in English
- Autobiographical essay: Given your experiences as a student now in your second year at Sciences Po, how have you changed in comparison to who you were in high school? How do you imagine an international academic opportunity like the Dual BA Program with Columbia University might also lead to new experiences that will change you as a scholar and a person?
- One letter of recommendation from a Sciences Po professor (not a language instructor). The letter will be uploaded directly to the online application system by the professor. Letters written in French should be accompanied by an English translation.
Applying for Financial Aid for the Dual BA Program 3A Entry
Applicants for Fall 2021 admission who wish to request scholarship funding from Columbia University must submit the financial aid form appropriate to their citizenship status alongside their admissions documents by the application deadline noted above:
- Dual BA Program Application for Financial Aid
- International Student Financial Aid Assessment (for non-American citizens)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (for American citizens and Permanent Residents)
- Unlike the Application for Admission, you may not save the International Student Financial Aid Assessment form and return to it at a future time.
- Anywhere the International Student Financial Aid Assessment Form requests information regarding currency, please input in U.S. currency.
- The Columbia University FAFSA code is 002707.