History

History

Dual BA Program

Inaugurated in September 2010, the Dual BA Program Between Sciences Po and Columbia University builds upon a decade-long partnership between leading French educational institutions and Columbia University. The first transatlantic joint program at Columbia University, the Dual BA Program serves as a model for future cooperative efforts between Columbia and international universities.

Sciences Po

Founded in 1872 as the École Libre des Sciences Politiques, Sciences Po began as a private school before becoming fully integrated into the public education system as the Institut d’Ètudes Politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, in 1945. Concurrently, the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques was established to manage the University’s research centers, library, university presses, and facilities. Today, Sciences Po is one of Europe’s most distinguished universities and a full-fledged, self-governing institution that enjoys the freedom of a grande école and the resources of a major research university.

Le Havre

Le Havre was founded in 1517 by Francois I as a port city on the mouth of the Seine at the British Channel and has thrived for nearly five centuries. Laying claim to the early foundations of impressionist painting, the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most populous in the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) region of France. The Sciences Po satellite campus in Le Havre opened in 2007 and focuses on Euro-Asian studies.

Menton

Situated near the Italian border on the French Riviera, Menton (nicknamed “The Pearl of France”) is a worldwide resort destination and boasts a number of public gardens. As an international crossroads, Menton is a small city with a reputation for bringing together travelers and students from around the world. The campus, which specializes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies, opened in 2005 and offers a mix of French, English, and Arabic instruction.

Reims

Less than an hour from Paris by train in the Champagne-Ardennes region of France, Reims has been inhabited for more than 2000 years and was a powerful city in the area during the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages, the city served as a meeting place for kings and Popes and became an intellectual capital. Currently home to many noteworthy cathedrals, ancient sites, and public squares, Reims welcomed Sciences Po’s Euro-American campus in 2010. The program is housed in a 17th-century Jesuit college in a medium-sized urban setting.

Columbia University

One of the world’s leading research centers, Columbia University in the City of New York offers a distinctive and distinguished learning environment. Columbia seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time through its mission of educating students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

School of General Studies

Founded in 1947, in large part to accommodate the wave of veterans returning from World War II, the School of General Studies (GS) is the liberal arts college at Columbia created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds who seek a traditional education at an Ivy League university. At GS, nontraditional students include students who have interrupted their educations or who have never attended college before, those who can only attend part-time, and students enrolled in dual-degree programs, such as the Joint Program with The Jewish Theological Seminary or the Dual BA Program with Sciences Po. GS students are fully academically integrated and take the same courses, with the same professors, as students in Columbia’s other undergraduate colleges.