Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

Through Sciences Po coursework, credit from advanced-standing examinations such as Advanced Placement or the French Baccalauréat, or college coursework completed at an institution other than Sciences Po, Dual BA Program students will transfer up to 60 of the 124 points required for degree completion at Columbia.

Students admitted to the Dual BA Program may transfer credit only from the institutions listed on their application for admission at the time the application is submitted. Coursework from institutions not listed on the application for admission will not be considered for transfer credit. Transcripts from all institutions previously attended must be listed on the application form and submitted to the School of General Studies. Failure to report and send transcripts from all schools previously attended is considered academic dishonesty and may result in disciplinary action including rescinding the offer of admissions.

In all cases, transfer credit from all previous coursework must be finalized within six months of matriculation. Students who wish to undertake additional academic experiences once enrolled in the Dual BA Program may only do so with the approval of the Columbia academic advisor. For additional information on transferring credits, please visit the Transfer Credit section of the School of General Studies website.

During the first two years of the Program, Sciences Po will send student transcripts to Columbia for transfer credit evaluation. On a semester-by-semester basis, students will receive an Entrance Credit Report (ECR) that details which of their Sciences Po courses have successfully transferred in to Columbia. Students must earn a grade of 11 or higher at Sciences Po to receive transfer credit towards the Columbia degree. Students can earn credit for fall, spring, and summer term courses. Spring School and Winter School courses, which are considered "mini" courses, are not transferable to Columbia.

Students will also receive a Core Requirement Checklist, which is compiled by advising deans. This Checklist will detail which of the Core Requirements have been satisfied by transfer credit.

Classroom hours vary both at Sciences Po and at Columbia. Two (2) European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits are equal to one (1) Columbia credit (otherwise known as units or points). This equivalency, however, can be a bit misleading. While it is not uncommon for students at Sciences Po to take about 50 credits per term, it would be unheard of for a Columbia student to take 25 points in one semester. Dual BA students will be required to complete a minimum of 64 points at Columbia University during their two years in New York, including Core Curriculum, major, and elective requirements. 

GPA and Grade Conversion

A student’s Columbia GPA only factors in courses completed at Columbia. To determine an approximate GPA based on Sciences Po coursework, Dual BA students can use the Grade Conversion Chart below.

Grades at Sciences Po are based upon a 20 point scale. A grade of 16 or higher is considered to be superior work, 14-15 excellent, 12-13 good, 10-11 passing, and 1-9 failing. The grades translate approximately to the following in the U.S. system:  

20-16=A+ 13.0-13.9=B+ 10.0-10.9=D
15.0-15.9=A 12.0-12.9=B 1.0-9.9=F
14.0-14.9=A- 11.0-11.9=C  

Students at Columbia are given both letter and numerical grades as follows:

A+ = 4.33

B+ = 3.33

C+ = 2.33

D = 1.00

A = 4.00

B = 3.00

C = 2.00

F = 0.00

A- = 3.67

B- = 2.67

C- = 1.67


These grades are weighted for each class based upon the credit value. 

GPA Conversion Calculator

Sciences Po Grade Number of ECTS Credits Columbia Grade Equivalent Number of Columbia Points
16-20 A+ (4.33)
15-15.9 A (4.00)
14-14.9 A- (3.67)
13-13.9 B+ (3.33)
12-12.9 B (3.00)
11-11.9 C (2.00)
10-10.9 D (1.00)
1-9.9 F (0.00)
Total Equivalent Columbia Points