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: elective credit toward the BA degree, credit toward the major, and credit toward the Core Curriculum.

Students will receive up to 60 of the 124 points required for graduation at Columbia for coursework completed at TAU. Courses that students wish to be counted for transfer credit must satisfy certain criteria:

  • It is an academic class consistent with the General Studies curriculum. (Please note: as part of the undergraduate degree program, Columbia University does not offer online courses for credit; therefore, online courses are not eligible for transfer credit.)
     
  • It carries the equivalent of a grade of “C” or higher on the American grading scale (a mark of 72 or higher at TAU) and is documented by an official transcript.
     
  • It is not a “mini” or intersession course (however, coursework completed during a summer session is eligible for transfer credit evaluation).

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 not majoring in English must complete this course at Columbia.
     
  • Literature/Humanities (six points of coursework—the literature component must be taken at Columbia): Any history course taken at TAU may be applied toward the humanities portion of this requirement.
     
  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): Students following majors in Jewish and Israel Studies or Middle Eastern Studies may be eligible to apply classes toward this requirement.
     
  • Art Humanities: All Dual DegreeProgram 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): Students following majors in Jewish and Israel Studies or Middle Eastern Studies may be eligible to apply classes toward this requirement.
     
  • Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Students following majors in Jewish and Israel Studies or Middle Eastern Studies may be eligible to apply modules toward this requirement.
     
  • Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): This requirement may be satisfied through the SAT or ACT. For more information, visit the GS website.
     
  • Science (three terms or the equivalent): This requirement may be partially satisfied through AP, IB, or other upper-level international leaving exams.