Academic Policies

Dual Degree Program students work with their Columbia University academic advisors and major departments to determine how their coursework at Tel Aviv University will be credited toward their studies at Columbia, and will have their transcripts from TAU evaluated for eligible transfer credit each year. General policies regarding the transfer of academic credit can be found on the GS website. In general, three types of credit are assigned at Columbia: credit toward the major, credit toward the Core Curriculum, and elective credit toward the BA degree.

Dual BA Program students must successfully pass their first two years at Tel Aviv University before they can begin their studies at Columbia University. In rare cases, students may be required to retake exam(s) at TAU in advance of the third year; if a student does not successfully pass the class(es) in question upon retaking the exam(s), they will be withdrawn from their third-year Columbia courses and will be required return to TAU to retake the necessary classes. 

Credit towards the Columbia BA degree

Before the start of their third year, Dual Degree students will receive the maximum 60 allowable transfer credits toward the 124 credit minimum required for the Columbia undergraduate degree for coursework completed at TAU. Students can earn credit for fall, spring, and summer term courses. A course that students wish to be counted for transfer credit must be documented by an official transcript and not a “mini” or intersession course.

Credit towards the TAU BA degree

Credits from Columbia University serve to fulfill major requirements at TAU, and the School of General Studies administrative team will share transcripts with TAU at the end of each semester for transfer evaluation. During their time in New York, Dual Degree Program students are advised to consult regularly with their TAU academic advisors to confirm that courses taken at Columbia University will fulfill their TAU degree requirements.

Credit toward the major at the point of the commencement of Columbia coursework is determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the academic department where the student plans to declare a major. Students should consult the academic requirements enumerated on the major page for details; majors at Columbia range in required point count from 29 to 88.

Students should expect to complete the majority of the requirements for their Columbia major at Columbia; however, in some cases, students may receive credit toward the major for coursework completed at Tel Aviv University. It is important to note, however that credits earned at TAU do not automatically transfer toward the Columbia major. Transfer credits toward the major are accepted at the discretion of the individual academic department and are not guaranteed by the block transfer credit process.

Common majors and course credit guidelines for the Dual Degree Program may be found on the Majors and Concentrations page. Please note that this list is subject to change and expansion.

The GS core requirements provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education, assuring that students develop critical skills in writing and quantitative reasoning while exposing them to a range of knowledge and disciplines.

  • University Writing: All Dual Degree Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
  • Literature/Humanities (six points of coursework—the literature component must be taken at Columbia): Most students will complete the Humanities coursework at TAU but must take a Literature course at Columbia.
  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement at TAU if they do not have prior language exemption.
  • Art Humanities: All Dual Degree Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
  • Music Humanities: All Dual Degree Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
  • Global Core (six points of coursework): Most students will complete at least one global core at TAU
  • Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Most students will complete this coursework through TAU courses.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): This requirement may be satisfied through the SAT, ACT, or relevant coursework. For more information, visit the GS website.
  • Science (three terms or the equivalent): Students majoring in Life Sciences will complete this requirement at TAU. Most other students will need to complete this coursework at Columbia.

To modify the normal course of study or interrupt their studies in the International Dual Degree Programs, students must notify the program administration at both Columbia and Tel Aviv University via email, and follow the process below that is appropriate and relevant to their program and current enrollment status as outlined below.

Years One & Two

TAU Dual Degree students who wish to take a leave of absence at any point during their first two years of study at TAU should notify their academic advisors at both TAU and Columbia, detailing the expected dates of their leave as well as their anticipated graduation semester from the program. Students should send this message directly to Ayelet Diament (TAU) and their Columbia advisor.

Students who wish to extend their leave from the Dual Degree Program for more than one academic year must submit a new petition by August 1, in advance of fall semester, or December 15, in advance of the spring semester

Years Three & Four

TAU Dual Degree students who wish to take a leave of absence at any point after their transition to Columbia University should follow the standard leave of absence process described on the School of General Studies website. Please note that students who take a leave of absence during their time at Columbia are not guaranteed housing within the Columbia Residential system upon their return, though every effort is made to offer accommodations to returning students whenever possible. 

Students should notify both their Columbia GS academic advisor and Ayelet Diament at TAU, as well as the Director of the International BA Program in the Liberal Arts, of their intent to take a leave of absence, and the anticipated semester of their return to the program.

Withdrawal from the Dual Degree Program

All students enrolled in the Dual Degree Program are expected to make sufficient academic progress and to fulfill all academic obligations required by both institutions in order to obtain two diplomas.

In very rare circumstances, students enrolled in the Dual Degree Program may seek to leave the Program to pursue alternative academic opportunities. Dual Degree Program students who wish to withdraw completely from the program at any point should discuss their reasons with their TAU and Columbia advisors, and submit the necessary withdrawal request on their behalf. Students who wish to leave the Dual Degree Program prior to completion are not automatically entitled to enter the undergraduate programs of either Columbia University or Tel Aviv University. Similarly, neither Columbia nor TAU guarantees the transferability of credits completed within the Dual Degree Program into another program offered by either institution.

Students considering a withdrawal from the program should refer to the Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals page on the School of General Studies website.

Students are also asked to submit a typed statement addressed to their TAU and Columbia academic advisors explaining the reason for their withdrawal. In addition to the written statement, students must submit a withdrawal form

Students should copy Ms. Ayelet Diament (TAU) and their Columbia advisor.