Academic Policies

Dual Degree Program students work with their Columbia University academic and major advisors 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 semester. 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.

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 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.

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
  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): Students are encouraged to complete this requirement at TAU.
  • 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.

A student’s affiliation with each institution is active throughout the duration of their academic journey, from admission to graduation. As such, students are required to complete their administrative registration at Sciences Po every year (including during years three and four or while on a leave from their studies). This administrative registration ensures the continuity of each student’s affiliation to Sciences Po side of the Dual BA Program and enables, for example, the transfer of credits obtained at Columbia towards the completion of their Sciences Po degree. For Sciences Po, this affiliation means that students retain their student status, their affiliation with the French healthcare system, and their access to campus and library resources