Academic & Program Policies
Columbia Credit for Academic Work at Sciences Po
Dual BA Program students work with their Columbia academic and major advisors to determine how their coursework at Sciences Po will be credited toward their studies at Columbia. General policies regarding the transfer of academic credit, including details on advanced credit granted by exams such as AP and IB, can be found on the GS website. In general, three types of credit are assigned at Columbia: elective credit toward the BA degree, credit toward the major, and credit toward the core curriculum.
Credit Toward the Columbia BA Degree
Students will receive up to 60 of the 124 points required for graduation at Columbia for coursework completed at Sciences Po. Students must earn a grade of 11 or higher at Sciences Po to receive transfer credit towards the Columbia degree. Students can earn credit for fall, spring, and summer term courses. Spring School and Winter School courses, which are considered "mini" courses, are not transferable to Columbia.
Credit Toward the Major
Credit toward the major at the point of the commencement of Columbia coursework is determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the academic department where the student plans to declare a major. Students should consult the academic requirements enumerated on the major page for details; majors at Columbia range in required credit count from 29 to 88. Students should expect to complete the majority of the requirements for their Columbia major at Columbia; however, in some cases, students can receive credit toward the major for coursework completed at Sciences Po.
Common majors and course credit guidelines for the Dual BA Program may be found on the Majors and Concentrations page. Please note that this list is subject to change and expansion.
Credit Toward the Core Curriculum
The GS core requirements provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education, assuring that students develop critical skills in writing and quantitative reasoning while exposing them to a range of knowledge and disciplines.
- University Writing: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
- Literature/Humanities (six points of coursework, half of which must be taken at Columbia): Many courses taken at Sciences Po, including any history course, may be applied toward this requirement.
- Language (four terms or the equivalent): This requirement is typically fulfilled through French language fluency, demonstrated or achieved at Sciences Po.
- Art Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
- Music Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
- Global Core (six points of coursework): Many courses taken at Sciences Po may be applied toward this requirement, and GS academic advisors will contact students each semester about the courses that fulfill the global core requirement. For example, the following Sciences Po courses have previously counted toward the requirement:
- Contemporary Arab World
- Geopolitics and Religion
- Immigrant Narratives in Literature and Film
- International Migration
- The African American Odyssey
- Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Because Sciences Po is specialized in the social sciences, most courses taken at Sciences Po may be applied toward this requirement.
- Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): This requirement may be satisfied through the French baccalauréat, SAT, or ACT. The combination of first-year advanced mathematics for social sciences and advanced statistics taken on any Sciences Po campus may also satisfy this requirement.
- Science (three terms or the equivalent): This requirement may be satisfied or partially satisfied through the French baccalauréat, depending on stream.
Withdrawal from the Dual BA Program
All students enrolled in the Dual BA program are expected to make sufficient academic progress and to fulfill all academic obligations required by both institutions in order to obtain two diplomas.
In very rare circumstances, students enrolled in the Dual BA Program may seek to leave the Program to pursue alternative academic opportunities. Students who wish to leave the Dual BA program prior to completion are not automatically entitled to enter the undergraduate programs of either Columbia University or Sciences Po. Therefore, it is advised that students consult with their academic advisors at both Sciences Po and Columbia as early as possible.
Neither Columbia University nor Sciences Po guarantee the transferability of credits completed within the Dual BA program into another program offered by either institution.
Should a student decide to leave the Dual BA program to join Columbia University, he or she must resubmit an application for admission in accordance with all rules and regulations established by Columbia University’s Office of Admissions.
Because Sciences Po’s undergraduate curriculum mandates a compulsory third year abroad, a student who wishes to leave the Dual BA program to join the undergraduate program at Sciences Po must submit a formal petition to the Dean of Sciences Po’s Undergraduate College requesting the change by January 1 of their second year. Submitting a petition does not guarantee its acceptance.
Students in their second year who receive authorization to transfer into Sciences Po’s Undergraduate College must apply for the third year abroad via the traditional procedure followed by all second-year students but must wait until the following full academic year to do so. Prior to completion of their second year, these students must work with the Dean of the Undergraduate College to develop a project for the gap year.