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. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to meet the requirements of both institutions through the submission of either TOEFL or IELTS scores.

The Dual BA Program admissions committee requires the following minimum scores for students applying to the program:



Overall grade of 7

Overall score of 94



No unit below 6.5

Reading               23


Listening              23


Speaking              22


Writing                 26

Alternatively, 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.

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.

European Studies – Language Requirements

Students applying for this program must demonstrate proficiency in two of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

The admissions committee prefers applicants to have at least a higher level grade 4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent in each of these languages (equivalent to Grade C at A Level).

Students who have only one language (other than English or Irish) may also be admitted if they achieve a higher level grade H3 in the language in the Leaving Certificate, or a Grade B at A Level.

Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures – Language Requirements

Applicants to this program must demonstrate proficiency in at least one of the following European languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, or Hebrew Studies. Where a student is presenting two languages they must attain at least the following grades:

Language Minimum Proficiency
Arabic Higher Level Grade 4 (or equivalent)
Hebrew Studies
French Higher Level Grade 3 (or equivalent)

 A Level students must present a Grade B at A Level in one of the languages listed above or two Grade Cs at A Level in cases where two languages are being presented.