Application Process and Requirements

Application Process and Requirements

Applicants to the Dual BA Program apply in January for fall enrollment. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant’s academic history, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, a personal essay, and an interview conducted in English (or English and French if applying to the Euro-Africa program). Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.

Please see the links to the left to learn more about the application process (including required documentation). In addition, please visit the links above to learn more about financial aid, visiting Columbia for an information session and campus tour, and meeting with our admissions managers around the U.S.

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Simultaneously Applying to Other Undergraduate Colleges

Columbia University

Students may not apply simultaneously to the Dual BA Program and other undergraduate schools or programs, including other international dual degree programs, at Columbia University (Trinity College Dublin-Columbia University Dual BA Program, Columbia College [CC] or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science [SEAS]). Nor are candidates eligible to apply to the School of General Studies, including the Dual BA program, if in the last three years if they applied to any of these divisions and were not accepted.

Sciences Po Collège Universitaire

Students interested in being considered for admission to the Sciences Po Collège Universitaire must apply for admission using the application procedure appropriate to their situation. Please refer to the Sciences Po website for more information.

Application Deadline

January 2

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Application Process and Requirements

A complete application for the Dual BA Program Columbia University and Sciences Po includes all of the following:

  • Submission of the online application.
  • Official* high school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED test results. 
  • Official* transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. 
  • Official* standardized test scores reported directly to the Dual BA Program by the testing service. Please refer to the Standardized Testing page to review standardized testing requirements.
  • One admissions essay. See the admissions application for essay question. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or a guidance counselor familiar with your academic career. 
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $80 in the form of a check or money order payable to Columbia University. Applicants using the online application may use a credit card to pay the $80 fee.

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


Students applying for admission to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po must submit an official* high school transcript as part of their application file. Dual BA students come from a broad range of high schools and educational backgrounds, and the admissions committee is experienced in reading school records from around the world. When ordering transcripts, students should request records of their last three completed academic years, in addition to any predicted scores or preliminary grades available from the current academic year; the equivalent of 9th-12th grades in the United States.

*Official documents are those that arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the institution or testing service. All non-English language documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please consult the list below for further clarification on the types of international academic records required by the admissions committee (please note that this list is not comprehensive; if you have questions about the types of documents required for your personal academic background, please contact our offices via email at

Secondary School transcripts from grades 9-12.
Senior Secondary School records from grades 10-12, as well as any available Gaokao results.
Bulletins de Notes from Seconde, Première, and Terminale, as well as all available Baccalauréat results.
Gymnasium transcripts from grades 10-13, as well as any available Abitur results.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students enrolled in a secondary school offering only the IB curriculum (such as a United World College) must submit transcripts from their first two years of secondary schooling in their home country, as well as from both of their years in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The admissions committee also encourages IB students to have predicted IB exam scores sent as part of their transcripts.
All available Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level and A Level exam results.
United Kingdom
All available GSCE and A Level exam results.


  • Applicants will receive an update on their application status by February 15. Those invited for an interview will be prompted to schedule a time to meet with the admissions committee either in person in New York or Paris, or by teleconference. 

  • Interviews are typically 30 minutes in length and are conducted by a joint interview panel comprised of representatives from both Columbia University and Sciences Po.

  • Interviews are scheduled on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee; it is not possible for applicants to request an interview independent of the committee’s invitation.

  • Applicants to the Euro-Africa Program in Reims will have their interview conducted in French.

Contact Information

Application materials should be sent to the following address:

Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po
School of General Studies, Office of Admissions
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Tel: +1 (212) 854-2772
Toll-free/International: 1-800-895-1169
Fax: +1 (212) 854-6316