About the Dual Degree Program

Inaugurated in 2019, the Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University offers students an international educational experience with a program spanning two continents and cosmopolitan cities. The Program allows students to enhance their global outlook and develop their language skills and communication abilities to the highest academic level.

As a Dual Degree student, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in two different academic, social, and cultural environments at world-renowned research universities. You will spend the first two years studying in Tel Aviv and the final two years in the heart of New York City.

The Dual Degree Program between TAU and Columbia builds upon the success of two pre-existing international dual degree programs within the School of General Studies, and a long-standing exchange program partnership between both universities. This marks the third transatlantic undergraduate program at Columbia University. The Dual Degree Program is founded upon previous partnerships in both Europe and Asia, and serves as a model for future cooperative efforts between Columbia and international universities.

Years One and Two

As part of the Dual Degree Program, students will study courses from the Core Curriculum and choose their focus from these program areas at TAU:

  • Digital Culture and Communication
  • Modern Jewish and Israel Studies
  • Literature
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation*
  • Life Sciences

* Entrepreneurship and Innovation not offered as a major

Dual Degree Program students will be enrolled at Tel Aviv University through Tel Aviv's Lowy International School, whose language of instruction for all classes is English.

Years Three and Four

After completing their second year at TAU, Dual Degree Program students will matriculate at the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS), where they will further their study in one of Columbia’s liberal arts majors and participate in Columbia’s Core Curriculum in a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities.

By offering two distinct learning environments, the Dual Degree Program seeks to present a variety of experiences that allow students to challenge themselves and develop a richly textured understanding of an increasingly globalized world. Students within the program will complete the undergraduate curricula of both TAU and Columbia, alongside a uniquely diverse group of fellow students.