Academic Policies

Columbia Credit for Academic Work at Trinity

Dual BA Program students work with their Columbia University academic and major advisors to determine how their coursework at Trinity College Dublin will be credited toward their studies at Columbia, and will have their transcripts from Trinity evaluated for eligible transfer credit yearly. 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. 

Credit Toward the Columbia BA Degree

Before the start of their third year, Dual BA students will receive the maximum 60 allowable transfer credits toward the 124 credit minimum required for the Columbia undergraduate degree for coursework completed at Trinity.

Credit Toward the Major

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 most cases, students will receive credit toward the major for coursework completed at Trinity.

Approved majors and course credit guidelines for the Dual BA Program may be found on the Majors and Concentrations page. Please note that this list is subject to change and expansion.

Credit Toward the Core Curriculum

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 BA 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): Most students will be able to complete the Humanities requirement at Trinity.

  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): Students following the Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology, European Studies, and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures academic track will likely have this requirement fulfilled by previous Trinity modules. Most other majors will begin the language at Trinity completing the requirement at Columbia.

  • Art Humanities: All Dual BA Program students not majoring in History of Art and Architecture must complete this course at Columbia.

  • Music Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.

  • Global Core (six points of coursework): Many students will be able to complete one or more Global Core courses at Trinity.

  • Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Most students will complete one or both of these requirements at Trinity.

  • Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): Some students may satisfy this requirement through the Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Exam, French baccalauréat, SAT, or ACT. 
     
  • Science (three terms or the equivalent): Some non-science majors may be able to complete up to two terms of Science coursework at Trinity.

Leaves of Absence

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 Trinity via email, and follow the process below that is appropriate and relevant to their program and current enrollment status as outlined below.

Years One & Two

Trinity Dual BA students who wish to take a leave of absence from the program at any point should discuss their reasons for going 'off-books' as soon before their potential leave as possible with their Trinity Tutor and ask him/her to apply to the Senior Lecturer on their behalf. Students who wish to go off books normally need to be ‘in good standing’ for these petitions to be granted. During years one and two, students who choose to take a leave of absence must go off books for the full academic year; single-semester leaves are not possible at Trinity.

Students are also asked to submit a petition (typed statement) addressed to their Trinity and Columbia academic advisors explaining the reason for their request. The typed petition statement should include the expected dates of their leave as well as their anticipated graduation semester from the program, if the leave is approved. In addition to the written statement, students must submit the School of General Studies leave of absence form. 

Students should notify their Columbia GS academic advisor, as well as the Trinity Dual BA office, their Trinity Tutor and Trinity Academic Advisor of their intent to take a leave of absence, and the anticipated semester of their return to the program.

Years Three & Four

Trinity Dual BA students who wish to take a leave of absence at any point after their transition to Columbia University should follow the standard leave of absence process described on the School of General Studies website.

Students should notify their Columbia GS academic advisor, as well as the Trinity Dual BA office, their Trinity Tutor and Trinity Academic Advisor of their intent to take a leave of absence, and the anticipated semester of their return to the program.