Application Process

Standardized Testing

All applicants, regardless of citizenship or native language, must submit a standardized test score as part of their application for admission; please see the appropriate requirements below

Please note that, regardless of where an applicant's secondary education was completed, applicants who have taken the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) must submit test scores to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Students or Graduates of Anglophone High Schools

If English was the primary language of instruction for the candidate's high school or secondary education, he or she must submit a recent Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) score. Scores should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing service. Official* scores from the SAT or the ACT taken within the last eight years are required. Standardized scores must be reported directly from the testing service to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Please note that dates are limited for SAT and ACT exams offered outside of the United States. Applicants should ensure that they register for an exam with enough timing to submit the results before the application deadline. International SAT and ACT exam dates can be found by visiting the College Board or ACT.org websites.

While not required by the admissions committee, students who wish to submit SAT Subject Test results as part of their application for admission are welcome to do so, in addition to their SAT or ACT results. Please note that SAT Subject Tests alone cannot fulfill the standardized testing requirement.

  • The College Board code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.
  • The ACT code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2716.

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

Students or Graduates of Non-Anglophone High Schools

Students for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their high school or secondary education must submit official scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) scores.

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

IELTS

TOEFL

CAE

Overall grade of 7

Overall score of 94

B or higher on level C

 

 

 

No unit below 6.5

Reading               23

 

 

Listening              23

 

 

Speaking              22

 

 

Writing                 26

 

 

In addition, all students are also strongly encouraged to submit a recent SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission to the Dual BA Program, even if English was not the primary language of instruction during their high school or secondary education.

Applicants should arrange to have recent test scores sent to the GS Admissions Office directly from the test administrator. Non-native English speakers may choose to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE as part of their application. Please note no student can be admitted to the Program unless they can demonstrate having met both universities' requirements for English-language proficiency.

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.

Please note that all students must meet Trinity’s entry (matriculation) requirements for each of the Program pathways. The minimum matriculation requirements refer to the basic standard of application all prospective students must meet in order to be considered admissible to both Trinity and the Dual BA Program. Applications that do not demonstrate these requirements will not be successful. However, it is important to note that meeting the matriculation requirements does not guarantee admission. The standard matriculation requirements are passing grades in the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • A language other than English
  • A full set of valid subjects for your examination system.

Some academic programs may have additional requirements for admission, which are detailed on the relevant course page.  Where no Year 12 grades are available on your transcript, please indicate on the application for admission which courses are being taken.

Program-specific Requirements for the Dual BA

  • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology: applicants must present with Greek, Latin, or another language other than English, normally to an equivalent standard to AP/Leaving Certificate H4 or above.
  • English Studies: applicants must present with English as an entry subject, normally to to AP/Leaving Certificate H4 standard or equivalent.
  • European Studies: Students will study two languages from French, German, Italian, Modern Irish, Polish, Russian and Spanish. German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish are available from beginner level. No student may study more than one language as a beginner. Students accepted into this program, subject to the above regulations, will normally have at least AP/ higher level grade 4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent, in two of French, German, Italian, Modern Irish,  Polish, Russian, Spanish (H3 in the case of French, H4 In Modern Irish, and H4 in the case of Spanish if non-beginner) (grade C at A Level). Students who have only one language (other than English or Irish) may also be admitted, subject to the above regulations, if they achieve a higher level grade H3 in the language in the Leaving Certificate, or a grade B at A Level, or equivalent.
  • Geoscience: Geography and Geoscience: applicants must present with at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Applied Mathematics, or Agricultural Science, normally to AP/Leaving Certificate H4 standard or equivalent.
  • Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures: students study one of French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, or Spanish from their first year and one of Arabic, Hebrew, or Turkish from their second year. All languages except for French or Spanish may be studied as a complete beginner. Students may choose to do two languages as a complete beginner. All applicants to the Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures pathway must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English or Irish, which should normally be to AP/Leaving Certificate standard H4 or equivalent.
  • Neuroscience: Biological and Biomedical Science: applicants must present with at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Applied Mathematics, or Agricultural Science, normally to AP/Leaving Certificate H4 standard or equivalent.