Program Overview

Program Overview

As a Dual BA Program student you’ll begin your college education by spending two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses, each of which is devoted to a particular region of the world and offers a heavy linguistic and cultural focus:

  • Le Havre — Located on the Normandy Coast and focusing on Asia, with language instruction in Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Menton — Located on the French Riviera and focusing on the Mediterranean countries and the Middle East, with language instruction in Arabic*, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  • Reims — Located in the Champagne region and offering programs that focus on either North America or Africa, the Transatlantic campus offers language instruction in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili. Students in Reims focus on relations between Europe and Africa or Europe and North America during their first two years.

*Students in Menton follow an academic program that attaches special significance to studying social sciences of the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, including a commitment to learning Arabic, a required language of study for all students on this campus.

About half of each campus’ student body comes from the region of focus, with other international and French students comprising the other half, ensuring that you will be part of a diverse campus community. With the exception of the Euro-Africa program in Reims, the majority of Sciences Po courses are taught in English, with additional instruction provided in French and the living languages spoken in the region of focus. In the Euro-Africa program, courses are taught in a mixture of French and English, and all admitted students to this program must be fully fluent in both languages.

All campuses follow Sciences Po’s interdisciplinary social sciences curriculum, which offers instruction in the following disciplines:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

After completing the Sciences Po curriculum, you and your fellow Dual BA students will matriculate at Columbia University School of General Studies (GS). During your time at GS, you’ll further your study of the social sciences by completing the requirements for a major while also cultivating intellectual breadth by fulfilling Core distribution requirements in a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities.

As a Columbia student you’ll be part of a vibrant campus environment with more than 29,000 students, and will have access to abundant extracurricular options on campus and beyond, as well as internship opportunities at the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, on Wall Street, or in any of the many industries that call New York City home.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, one each from Sciences Po and Columbia, and, like all Sciences Po alumni, you’ll be eligible for guaranteed admission to a Sciences Po graduate program. You’ll also be a member of the global alumni networks of two world-renowned universities, and well prepared for your next challenging endeavor.

Field Work

Field Work is a required internship for all Sciences Po students that must be completed in the summer after their first year of enrollment. During this internship, students work full time for one month in a supporting position that helps make up the building blocks of a public or private organization (business association, public administration, etc.). Field work is not job shadowing, but is instead an experience that requires first-hand participation in providing services directly to the individual business' clients or customers.

This experience aims to allow students to better understand working conditions among support staff, and to lead them to consider how organizations function from the point of view of those whose positions make up the building blocks of the organization. The Field Work requirement can be completed in France or abroad.

Positions frequently held during the Field Work internship include receptionist, salesperson, server/restaurant employee, bank teller, camp counselor, caregiver, laborer, etc. Exemptions may be given to students who have already had one or more professional experiences that meet the Field Work requirements within the three years prior to their first summer and who present proof of this position.

Upon completion of the internship, students are expected to write a paper chronicling their experience. Students who successfully complete the Field Work requirement will be awarded academic credit.