Dual BA Program Student Named 2016 German Rhodes Scholar

Dual BA Program Student Named 2016 German Rhodes Scholar

Dual BA Program Student Named 2016 German Rhodes Scholar

December 7, 2015

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NEW YORK, December 7, 2015—Luca Springer ’16, a student in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, has been selected as a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. He is one of only 89 recipients of this prestigious award worldwide, and will pursue a Master of Public Policy degree at Oxford University this fall.

According to its website, the Rhodes Trust seeks students of “outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service” who “demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders of the world’s future.’”

At Sciences Po, Springer studied politics, law, and economics, and at Columbia, he is majoring in philosophy with a concentration in business management. He describes his undergraduate studies as having laid the foundation for his future endeavors, where his time at Oxford will give him the tools to take the next step.

“The fact that an individual can make a difference in politics is something I only realized through my experiences in the Dual BA Program, and it is a large part of the reason I decided to take the step—and the risk—to apply for the Rhodes and pursue a career in politics,” Springer said.

At Oxford, Springer will focus on migration and education policies, which he sees as being the two most pivotal ministries in the current political climate. Upon graduation, one possible career path he is considering is to enter into one of these ministries in an effort to change European migration policies.

Springer is a senior in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, who has served as a student representative at both universities and is a member of the GS Honor Society. He will graduate this May with two bachelor’s degrees, one from each institution.

“It’s one thing to learn about a culture, but it’s a very different thing to get the chance to experience it. The Dual BA Program has been the most important step in my life—it has changed everything. Being able to study in two distinct environments is a very new approach to education, and I think this approach will only become more important in the future,” Springer said.

The Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po builds upon a decade-long partnership, offering a truly global undergraduate experience unlike any other. Dual BA students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments: a close-knit college in a French regional setting focusing on the social sciences and a large research university in New York City. For more information about the Dual BA Program or the School of General Studies, contact gs-communications@columbia.edu.

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