Non-European Applicants

Non-EU Applicants

Application Process and Requirements for Non-European Applicants
All applicants to the Dual BA Program 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.

Applying to the Dual BA Program
For non-European students, 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.
  • 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 nonrefundable 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.

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


Secondary school transcripts from grades 9-12.


Senior secondary school records from grades 10-12, as well as any available Gaokao 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


All available Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level and A- Level exam results.