Application Process and Requirements
Applicants to the Dual BA Program apply by January 2 for fall enrollment. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant’s academic history, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, a personal essay, and an interview conducted in English (or English and French if applying to the Euro-Africa program). Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.
Application Deadline: January 2
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Application Process and Requirements
A complete application for the Dual BA Program includes all of the following:
- Submission of the online application. (Please note that it is not possible to apply to the Dual BA Program via the Common Application).
- High school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED test results.
- Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. See Transcripts section below for additional details.
- Standardized test scores reported directly to the Dual BA Program by the testing service. [N.B.: Due to ongoing testing disruptions for both the SAT and ACT exams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dual BA Program is adopting a one-year test-optional policy for first-year Anglophone applicants for the fall of 2021.]
- One admissions essay. See the admissions application for essay question.
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or a guidance counselor familiar with your academic career. Please note that the Dual BA admissions committee will not accept more than two letters of recommendation.
- A nonrefundable application fee of $80 in the form of a check or money order payable to Columbia University. Applicants using the online application may use a credit card to pay the $80 fee.
Students applying for admission to the Dual BA Program must submit transcripts from all secondary/high schools attended, as well as any college or university transcripts, if applicable, as part of the application process. Dual BA students come from a broad range of high schools and educational backgrounds, and the admissions committee is experienced in reading academic records from around the world.
Transcripts should include grades from the previous three years of secondary/high school study as well as any grades available from the current academic year (the equivalent of 9th-12th grade in the U.S.). Wherever possible, the Dual BA admissions committee strongly encourages students and their counselors to include school profiles along with their transcripts.
The Dual BA admissions committee also requires predicted or preliminary grades, where available, and mid-year grades, which can be submitted after the January 2 application deadline, are strongly recommended. For non-U.S. applicants, please refer to the International Academic Records section below for further details on transcript requirements.
Applicants will have the opportunity to upload unofficial copies of these documents in the “Previous Education” section of their application.
A Note on Official Documents
Unofficial documents are accepted as part of the application review process. If offered admission, in order to enroll you will be required to submit official documents. Official documents are those submitted electronically from your college or school counselor through Slate.org. If electronic documents are not available from your high school, or your school does not participate through Slate.org, students may also instruct a school administrator to email transcripts from their school email account to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be counted as official. We will accept mailed copies of the transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions of the School of General Studies. Paper transcripts may not be delivered or forwarded by a student. All non-English language documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
If offered admission, you should submit official transcripts using just one of these methods.
Interviews are typically 30 minutes in length. They are conducted by a small panel of representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po, where students can expect to discuss current events as well as their general interests and overall fit with the Program. Interviews are scheduled on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee; it is not possible for applicants to request an interview independent of the committee’s invitation. The interview is the second round of the application process and is an important element of the admissions file. Candidates should expect to discuss various aspects of their application file, their personal experiences, academic plans, and topics specific to their chosen academic program.
Interviews will be conducted entirely in English except for students applying to the Euro-Africa Program in Reims. Applicants to the Euro-Africa Program will have their interview conducted in both English and French to reflect the bilingual nature of the Euro-Africa program and to gauge French and English fluency.
Applicants will receive an update on their application status by February 15; interviews typically take place between mid-February and mid-March. Those invited for an interview will be prompted to schedule a time to meet with the admissions committee either in person in New York or Paris or by teleconference. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we may need to restrict all interviews to the virtual option. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a final decision closer to the interview dates.
International Academic Records
Please consult the list below for further clarification on the types of international academic records required by the admissions committee (please note that this list is not comprehensive; if you have questions about the types of documents required for your personal academic background, please contact our offices via email at email@example.com):
- Secondary School transcripts from grades 9-12.
- Senior Secondary School records from grades 10-12, as well as any available Gaokao results.
- Bulletins de Notes from Seconde, Première, and Terminale, as well as all available Baccalauréat results (including results from the Epreuves Anticipées du Baccalauréat).
- Gymnasium transcripts from grades 10-13, as well as any available Abitur results.
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Students enrolled in a secondary school offering only the IB curriculum (such as a United World College) must submit transcripts from their first two years of secondary schooling in their home country, as well as from both of their years in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The admissions committee also encourages IB students to have predicted IB exam scores sent as part of their transcripts.
- All available Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level and A Level exam results.
- United Kingdom
- All available GSCE and A Level exam results.
Simultaneously Applying to Other Undergraduate Colleges
The admissions process for the Columbia University International Dual Degree Programs is administered by the School of General Studies and is highly selective. Thus, applicants may not simultaneously apply to the Dual BA Program and to Columbia College (CC) or Columbia Engineering (SEAS). Additionally, candidates are not eligible to apply to the School of General Studies, including the Dual BA Program, if in the last three years they were rejected by CC/SEAS. Finally, students may not apply to more than one Columbia Dual Degree Program.
N.B.: Students who have applied Early Decision to CC/SEAS are not eligible to apply to the Dual BA Program, regardless of their admission decision, including if the student was waitlisted.
Students interested in being considered for admission to the Sciences Po Collège Universitaire must apply for admission using the application procedure appropriate to their situation. Please refer to the Sciences Po website for more information.
The Dual BA Program accepts applications from students of all academic backgrounds, including those who are currently enrolled in another college or university. However, due to the unique structure of the Dual BA Program, there is no transfer admissions process option. All applicants apply using the same procedure and, if admitted, will complete the entire program, including two years at Sciences Po and two years at Columbia University.
You cannot transfer campuses once you have been accepted. Sciences Po prides itself on the campus community generated by spending two years at one campus with a close-knit student body. You will, however, have the option to attend events on other Sciences Po campuses.
Students may submit unofficial documents as part of their application. However, in order to expedite the application submission process, college and academic counselors can now submit documents for their students’ applications via Slate.org. These documents include transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Counselors can get started by visiting the Register page on Slate.org. There, they can sign in directly using their Google Apps / G Suite school account, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Any colleague at an institution with an active Slate.org account will be able to verify a new account. If no other active accounts exist, the verification process will be handled by Technolutions.
Application materials should be sent to the following address:
Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po
School of General Studies, Office of Admissions
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
New York, NY 10027
Tel: +1 (212) 854-2772
Fax: +1 (212) 854-6316