Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Financial Aid

What type of financial aid is available at Columbia?

Dual BA Program students may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work-study. Financial aid may come from GS, federal and state governments, or private sources. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page.


What tuition rate will I pay as a Dual BA Program student?

Dual BA Program students in the final two years of the program will be charged the Columbia University tuition rate. For information on specific tuition rates, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Health Insurance

Must students enroll in a specific health insurance plan while in the Dual BA Program?

While students are studying at Columbia in years three and four, they must obtain coverage with an American health insurance provider, either through the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan or, for some U.S. citizens and permanent residents, through their parents’ health insurance plan. Columbia University does not recognize international insurance plans for health insurance coverage while students are enrolled in Columbia classes.

Student Life

Can I participate in extracurricular activities at Columbia?

Yes. Dual BA Program students are eligible to participate in a wide range of student organizations in the arts, politics, identity, culture, sports and recreation, and religion.

What is the classroom environment like at Columbia?

Class size at Columbia varies from class to class. In general, classes are lectures or seminars, with courses in the humanities and social sciences entailing a significant amount of written work and classes in more quantitative subjects requiring problem sets and exams.


When I am taking core classes at Columbia, will I be with all first-year students?

No. No two students complete the Core in the same way; moreover, given the unique nature of the Columbia undergraduate environment, classes at Columbia contain a mix of age ranges and class years.


How will I find housing at Columbia?

Dual BA Program students will be guaranteed access to housing at both Trinity College Dublin and at Columbia University through University Apartment Housing (UAH).