Academics at Columbia University

After completing their studies at TAU, students will continue their Dual Degree Program at 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.

During years three and four of the program, 40 credits of classwork from Columbia University will be counted toward students’ TAU degree requirements. Twelve credits of students’ Columbia coursework must be relevant to a student’s TAU major track.

The Columbia University degree is broken down into three parts: Core Curriculum, Major, and electives courses. Up to 60 credits of coursework completed during years one and two at TAU may be applied toward a student’s Columbia University degree requirements. While at Columbia University; students may choose from any of the liberal arts majors;, however, students who select a Columbia University major that does not relate to their TAU International degree requirements may need to take additional courses, and are encouraged to research such major requirements in conversation with their academic advisors. Choosing combined plan or STEM majors will likely extend the undergraduate program to five years.

Personalized degree planning takes place on an individual, ongoing basis between students and their academic advisors at both TAU and Columbia throughout the four years of the Dual Degree Program. Please refer to the table below for a general overview of the Columbia undergraduate degree program:

 

*approximate credits to be completed at TAU/Columbia, based on individual class registration

The Core

Columbia University's 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. Flexibility within the Core allows students to choose from several different departments to fulfill requirements in science, literature, humanities, and social sciences, encouraging students to explore new areas of inquiry and develop their intellectual interests. No two students complete the Core in the same way; moreover, given the unique nature of the Columbia undergraduate environment, classes at Columbia contain a mix of age ranges and class years.

Dual Degree Program students fulfill many of the Core requirements through coursework completed at TAU during years 1 and 2 or results from international school leaving exams such as the IB, UK A-Levels, or others. Flexibility within the Core allows students to choose from several different departments to fulfill specified requirements in science, literature, humanities, and social sciences, thereby encouraging students to explore new areas of inquiry and develop their intellectual interests.

To fulfill the global core requirements, students need to submit TAU class syllabi to their Columbia advising dean for review and approval. Advisors will review syllabi twice per year, so students should submit these documents prior to the review dates, which are December 15 and June 15. If a class was approved in a prior year, there is no guarantee that class will again be approved if the syllabus or instructor has changed. Read more about the Core Curriculum.

Majors and Concentrations

After matriculating at GS, Dual Degree Program students will choose from over 80 liberal arts majors. Dual Degree Program students must successfully complete the requirements for a major in order to graduate. In most cases, this will involve completing the TAU major through taking suitable courses at the School of General Studies.  

Credits from Tel Aviv University do not automatically count toward a student's Columbia major. Transfer credits toward the major are accepted at the department’s discretion. The Director of Undergraduate Studies in each department is authorized to accept up to 12 GS-approved transfer credits (3-4 classes) toward the major. Some departments accept fewer than 12 credits; students must check individual department policies concerning transfer credits.