History

Dual BA Program

Inaugurated in November 2017, the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University builds upon the success of two preexisting international dual degree programs within the School of General Studies, and a long-standing exchange program partnership between both universities. The second transatlantic undergraduate program at Columbia University, the Dual BA Program builds upon previous partnerships in both Europe and Asia and serves as a model for future cooperative efforts between Columbia and international universities.

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 including the Joint Program with List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program with City University of Hong Kong, 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.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity, founded in 1592, is Ireland’s oldest and highest ranked university.

This historic university has been a world leader in high-quality, internationally-recognized education for more than 400 years. With a global reputation for excellence, Trinity promotes creativity and innovative thinking in students.
Trinity’s bustling 47-acre campus is an oasis in the very heart of Dublin, a vibrant and safe European capital city. The university’s city-centre location offers students a unique opportunity to blend a rigorous academic programme with an unparalleled array of cultural, social and professional experiences. A wealth of museums, theaters, galleries, cafes, restaurants, and historic tourist sites are located right on Trinity’s doorstep.

As a leading university on the world stage, Trinity is recognized for academic excellence and a transformative student experience.

Trinity’s academics are global leaders in their fields who work alongside students in a common enterprise of discovery. The curriculum is aimed at developing the critical faculties of the mind, through freedom of expression, willingness to engage in debate, and original research.

Dedicated academic and pastoral support is provided throughout a student’s time at the University. Each incoming student is assigned a tutor, a member of staff who provides advisement and assistance with any issues, academic or otherwise. In addition, students in the International Engineering Programme are also assigned a mentor in their engineering discipline.

The University has produced generations of outstanding graduates, held in high esteem by employers internationally. To study at Trinity is to become part of a global community of thinkers, creators, scientists, artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs from more than 130 different countries.

Trinity is the leader in Europe for producing entrepreneurs, producing 192 entrepreneurs who have generated 180 companies, and raised more than $2 million over the last ten years.