Frequently Asked Questions - Academics


Each year individual departments at Columbia review the College Board Advanced Placement curriculum and determine policies for placement, credit, and/or exemption. Although AP scores cannot be used toward exemption from Core Curriculum courses, scores may be used to satisfy other requirements, as noted on the GS website.

Please note, however, that AP credits are classified as transfer credit. Columbia accepts a maximum of 60 transfer credits; moreover, with respect to the Columbia bachelor’s degree requirements, all coursework completed at Sciences Po will be classified as transfer credit. Consequently, AP credits may be superfluous.

Although Sciences Po is affiliated with the College Board, SAT score ranges have not yet been reported.

Due to the unique structure of the Dual BA Program, it is not possible to transfer into the program. Individuals who have completed some college credit are able to apply; however, please note that Columbia accepts a maximum of 60 transfer credits and that, with respect to the Columbia bachelor’s degree, all coursework completed at Sciences Po will be classified as transfer credit. Consequently, any other transfer credits will likely be superfluous.

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.

Courses at the Dual BA Program campuses are taught in English, with additional instruction provided in French and the living languages spoken in the region of focus. Although French proficiency is not required at the time of admission, students are expected to learn French as part of their time at Sciences Po. In addition, students at Le Havre are required to take at least one core academic course in French during the first semester of their second year.

Applicants to the Dual BA Program who are not fluent in French and wish to study in the Euro-Africa Program should contact the Office of Admission to discuss their interest in the program before applying.

Although it may be difficult to complete a non-social science major, in some cases it is possible. Consult the Majors and Concentrations page on the GS website to ascertain whether a particular major can be completed in two years (in addition to Core requirements).

No. Given the structure of the engineering degree requirements, it is not possible to complete an engineering major in the final two years at Columbia.

Students who wish to earn both a liberal arts bachelor’s degree and an engineering degree from Columbia may wish to consider the Combined Plan offered by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

At Sciences Po, classes are small, with a high participation level. Students are required to do many in-class presentations, and learning via practical application is emphasized. Both second-year students and professors help to acculturate new students to this pedagogical method.

Class size at Columbia varies from class to class. In general, classes are lectures or seminars, with courses in the humanities and social sciences entailing a significant amount of written work and classes in more quantitative subjects requiring problem sets and exams.

No. No two students complete the core curriculum in the same way; moreover, given the unique nature of the Columbia undergraduate environment, classes at Columbia contain a mix of age ranges and class years.

Yes. Sciences Po has connections with the outside community that can lead to student internships, and Dual BA students will have access to Sciences Po Service Carrières, which provides career education services, including posting internship offers.

Graduates of the Dual BA Program, like all Sciences Po alumni, are guaranteed a spot in a master’s program at Sciences Po.

Graduates of the Dual BA program do not have guaranteed admission into a graduate program at Columbia.