Application Requirements

All applicants to the Dual Degree Program must apply by January 2 for fall enrollment. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant's academic history, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores (if required or submitted), a personal essay, and an interview conducted in English. Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee featuring admissions representatives from both Columbia and TAU.

Application Deadline: January 2

Preview a PDF version of the application (for reference use only) before creating an account. Application is subject to updates, so please refer to main application instructions.

Application Process and Requirements

A complete application for the Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University includes all of the following:

  • Submission of the online application. (Please note that it is not possible to apply to the Dual Degree Program via the Common Application).
  • High school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED test results.* 
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Additional details can be found in the Transcripts section below.*
  • Standardized test scores, if required, reported directly to the Dual Degree Program by the testing service. [N.B.: Due to ongoing testing disruptions for both the SAT and ACT exams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dual Degree Program is adopting a one-year test-optional policy for first-year Anglophone applicants for Fall 2023. Please visit the Standardized Testing page to determine whether you are required to submit standardized test scores as part of your application.
  • One admissions essay.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation from teachers and/or a guidance counselor familiar with your academic career. Please note that the Dual Degree admissions committee will not accept more than two letters of recommendation.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $80 in the form of a check or money order payable to Columbia University. Applicants using the online application may use a credit card to pay the $80 fee.

* See note on official documents below

Unofficial documents are only accepted as part of the application review process. If offered admission, in order to enroll, you will be required to submit official documents using one of the methods below. 

  • Official Electronic Documents: Your college or school counselor may submit your official electronic documents through
  • E-mail: If electronic documents are not available from your high school, or your school does not participate through, students may also instruct a school administrator to email transcripts from their school email account to [email protected] and they will be counted as official.
  • Physical Mail: Mailed copies of transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions of the School of General Studies will be accepted. Paper transcripts may not be delivered or forwarded by a student. We encourage students to send documents electronically or by e-mail if possible.
  • All non-English language documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

To expedite the application submission process, college and academic counselors can submit official documents, including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, for their students’ applications via Counselors can register on or sign in directly using their Google Apps / G Suite school account, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Any colleague at an institution with an active account will be able to verify a new account. If no other active accounts exist, the verification process will be handled by Technolutions.

International Academic Records

Please consult the list below for further clarification on the types of international academic records required by the admissions committee. Note that this list is not comprehensive; if you have questions about the types of documents required for your personal academic background, please contact our offices via email at [email protected].

The admissions process for the Columbia University International Dual Degree Programs is administered by the School of General Studies and is highly selective. Thus, applicants may not simultaneously apply to the Dual Degree Program and to Columbia College (CC) or Columbia Engineering (SEAS). Additionally, candidates are not eligible to apply to the School of General Studies, including the Dual Degree Program, if in the last three years they were rejected by CC/SEAS. Finally, students may not submit an application to more than one Columbia International Dual Degree Program for any given academic term.

Students who have applied Early Decision to CC/SEAS are not eligible to apply to the Dual Degree Program, regardless of their admission decision, including if the student was waitlisted.

Students interested in being considered for admission to other programs at Tel Aviv University must apply for admission using the application procedure appropriate to their situation. Please refer to the Tel Aviv University International website for more information.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Admissions policies for the Dual Degree program are governed by and adhere to the policies of Columbia University and Tel Aviv University.

Columbia Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy
Tel Aviv University Constitution