European Applicants

EU Applicants

Application Process and Requirements for Students Eligible for EU Fees
All applicants to the Dual BA Program must apply by January 2 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. Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia and Trinity.

Please note that all Anglophone applicants must supply either an ACT or SAT standardized test score. In addition to the separate Dual BA application, all students eligible for EU fees during the Trinity phase of the Dual BA must also submit an application to Trinity College Dublin via the Central Applications Office (CAO). For more information about the CAO application, please visit:

Applying to the Dual BA Program
For all EU* applicants, a complete application for the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University includes all of the following:

  • Submission of the online application. A PDF version of the application (for reference use only) is available for download.
  • A completed application to Trinity College Dublin through the Central Applications Office (CAO). For more information, please visit:
  • Official** high school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED test results. See below for more information.
  • 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. ALL applicants, regardless of citizenship or native language must submit one of the standardized test scores noted on the Standardized Testing page.
  • 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 non-refundable 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.

* Eligibility for ‘EU status’ is based on agreed Trinity rules and regulations and is not based simply on your nationality, your passport or your country of birth. Further details are available by visiting the Trinity College Dublin website

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. 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/courses 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 your application for admission which courses are being taken.

Standardized Exams

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 websites.

Transcripts and School Reports
Students applying for admission to the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University must submit an official* high school transcript or formal school report as part of their application file. Dual BA Program 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 refer to the chart below to ensure that they are requesting the correct academic records. In general, students should provide the admissions committee with records from the last three 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


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.

Formal school reports for the last two years of secondary school and official Junior Certificate results.

International Baccalaureate 

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.

United Kingdom           All available GCSE and A-Level exam results.