Program Overview

Program Overview

Dual Degree Program students will earn two bachelor's diplomas—one from Tel Aviv University and one from Columbia University.

The first two years at TAU consist of 80 credits (up to 60 eligible credits will be counted toward Columbia degree requirements). In years three and four at Columbia, students complete at least 64 credits toward their chosen major and Core requirements (40 of these credits will be counted towards TAU degree requirements).

Years One and Two

First year students concentrate on the TAU Core Curriculum, which provides the academic foundation of the program. This includes broad courses in political philosophy, critical theory, Israeli history, the history of ideas, Western literature, modernity, and academic writing.

Academic Tracks

Students focus their studies by choosing from eight academic tracks. Each track comprises a range of diverse courses covering foundational and specialist areas within the discipline. Students select one track as a major, one as a minor, and will study two additional broad basic tracks.

    Years Three and Four

    After completing their studies at TAU, Dual Degree Program students will matriculate to the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS), completing one of Columbia’s liberal arts majors and participating in Columbia’s Core Curriculum in a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities.

    Columbia Requirements

    Columbia'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.

    Additional Resources


    From the very beginning of the Program, each student is assigned an advisor at both TAU and Columbia who will guide them through academic and student life, providing support as they pursue their goals in two stimulating academic settings.

    Transfer Credit

    Dual Degree Program students work with their Columbia advisors during semesterly meetings to determine how their coursework at TAU will be credited toward their studies at Columbia. Third and fourth year students will be regularly updated on how their coursework at Columbia will be credited towards their TAU degree.

    Academic Resource Center

    The ARC is dedicated to helping students cultivate the skills necessary to manage competing demands, deal productively with setbacks, and to approach with enthusiasm challenging situations both in and beyond the classroom.

    Academic Calendars

    Students should consult the academic calendars of Tel Aviv University and Columbia University regarding important semester dates.