Language Proficiency

Language Proficiency

English Fluency

English proficiency is required of all incoming students to the Dual BA Program, and will be assessed during the admission interviews. Students must also provide proof of proficiency in their application file. All non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) scores. The Dual BA Program Admissions Committee requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (or 600 on the paper version), 7.0 on the IELTS, or a grade of B or higher on the CAE level C.

Alternately, non-native English speakers who wish to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE may choose to do so; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE as part of their application. All admitted students must also take the English Essay Examination offered by Columbia University American Language Program before beginning their coursework at Columbia if English is not their native language and was not the primary language of instruction in their secondary school.

Regardless of the standardized test result used in the admissions process, all admitted students will be required to take the English Essay Examination offered by the Columbia University American Language Program in their second year at Sciences Po before beginning their coursework at Columbia if English is not their native language and was not the primary language of instruction in their secondary school.

French Fluency

French proficiency is not required for incoming students wishing to study within the Euro-Asia program in Le Havre, the Middle East and Mediterranean Program in Menton, or the Transatlantic Program in Reims. Courses in these three programs are taught in English, with additional instruction provided in French and the living languages spoken in the region of focus. All non-native speakers must study French during their time at Sciences Po; students in Le Havre are required to take an academic course in French at some point in their four semesters at Sciences Po. Students in the Transatlantic Program in Reims or in Menton are not required to take an academic course in French while at Sciences Po, though they are strongly encouraged to do so.

Students who wish to study within the Euro-Africa Program in Reims must be fluent in both English and French. For students applying to this program, fluency in both languages will be assessed during the admissions interviews. In addition to providing proof of English fluency, students applying for the Euro-Africa Program must also provide proof of French fluency in their application file. All non-native French speakers must submit standardized exam results to demonstrate French fluency. The Dual BA Program Admissions Committee requires the equivalent to a minimum score of B2 on the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF). For more information on standardized exams accepted as proof of French fluency, please visit the Standardized Testing page. 

Regional Languages

Proficiency in languages common to the regions of focus in Le Havre, Menton, and Reims are not required for admission to the Dual BA Program. However, in addition to French language instruction for all non-native level speakers, students at Sciences Po are required to study a language from the region of focus for their program. Students who have a background in a regional language will take a placement test to assess their level of fluency in advance of their first semester in the Dual BA Program. In addition, students in Menton are required to take two years of either Arabic or Turkish alongside their French language courses (when applicable).