Application Process

Standardized Testing

All applicants, regardless of citizenship or native language, must submit a standardized test score as part of their application for admission; please see the appropriate requirements below

Please note that, regardless of where an applicant's secondary education was completed, applicants who have taken the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) must submit test scores to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Students or Graduates of Anglophone High Schools

If English was the primary language of instruction for the candidate's high school or secondary education, he or she must submit a recent Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) score. Scores should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing service. Official* scores from the SAT or the ACT taken within the last eight years are required. Standardized scores must be reported directly from the testing service to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Please note that dates are limited for SAT and ACT exams offered outside of the United States. Applicants should ensure that they register for an exam with enough timing to submit the results before the application deadline. International SAT and ACT exam dates can be found by visiting the College Board or ACT.org websites.

While not required by the admissions committee, students who wish to submit SAT Subject Test results as part of their application for admission are welcome to do so, in addition to their SAT or ACT results. Please note that SAT Subject Tests alone cannot fulfill the standardized testing requirement.

  • The ETS code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.
  • The ACT code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2716.

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

Students or Graduates of Non-Anglophone High Schools

Students for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their high school or secondary education must submit official scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) scores.The Dual BA Program admissions committee requires the following minimum scores for students applying to the program:

IELTS

TOEFL

Overall grade of 7

Overall score of 94

 

 

No unit below 6.5

Reading               23

 

Listening              23

 

Speaking              22

 

Writing                 26

 

In addition, all students are also strongly encouraged to submit a recent SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission to the Dual BA Program, even if English was not the primary language of instruction during their high school or secondary education. Applicants should arrange to have recent test scores sent to the GS Admissions Office directly from the test administrator. Non-native English speakers may choose to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE as part of their application.

Regardless of the standardized test result used in the admissions process, all admitted students will also be required to take the English Essay Examination offered by the Columbia University American Language Program in their second year at Trinity College Dublin 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.

Students Applying to the European Studies and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures Programs

Applicants to either the European Studies or Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures programs must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English or Irish. Please see the Language Proficiency page for more information on the required languages and the minimum proficiency levels for each program.