Application Process and Requirements

Application Process and Requirements

Applicants to the Dual BA Program apply in January for fall enrollment. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant’s academic history, letters of recommendation, SAT scores, a personal essay, and an interview conducted in English. Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.

Simultaneously Applying to Other Undergraduate Colleges

Columbia University

Students may not apply simultaneously to the Dual BA Program and other undergraduate schools or programs, including other international dual degree programs, at Columbia University (Trinity College Dublin-Columbia University Dual BA Program, Columbia College [CC] or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science [SEAS]). Nor are candidates eligible to apply to the School of General Studies, including the Dual BA program, if in the last three years if they applied to any of these divisions and were not accepted. 

Sciences Po Collège Universitaire

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.

Application Deadline

January 2

Applying to the Dual BA Program

A complete application for the Dual BA Program Columbia University and Sciences Po includes all of the following:

  • Submission of the online application.
  • Official* high school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED test results. 
  • Official* transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. 
  • Official* standardized test scores reported directly to the Dual BA Program by the testing service. Please refer to the Standardized Testing page to review standardized testing requirements.
  • Two admissions essays. See the admissions application for essay questions. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or a guidance counselor familiar with your academic career. 
  • 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.

*Official documents are those that arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the institution or testing service.


  • Applicants will receive an update on their application status by February 15. Those invited for an interview will be prompted to schedule a time to meet with the admissions committee either in person or via teleconference in New York or Paris. 

  • Interviews are typically 30 minutes in length and are conducted by a joint interview panel comprised of representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.

  • 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.

Contact Information

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
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Tel: +1 (212) 854-2772
Toll-free/International: 1-800-895-1169
Fax: +1 (212) 854-6316