The program will welcome its inaugural class in the fall of 2020. While Columbia’s undergraduates have many opportunities to study in Israel, at institutions such as Ben-Gurion University and Hebrew University, this program transcends traditional study abroad opportunities by providing the opportunity to pursue a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education spanning two continents. Upon completion of the four-year program, graduates earn two bachelor’s degrees, one from each institution.
The program joins the Columbia University School of General Studies’ current portfolio of highly regarded international undergraduate dual and joint degree programs with Sciences Po, Trinity College Dublin, City University of Hong Kong, and List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Created in 1954, the joint program with JTS was the first program of its kind to be established at the School of General Studies.
“I am especially excited about our partnership with Tel Aviv University, which is consistently ranked among the best academic institutions worldwide. By giving students the opportunity to study full time at a top-tier university in the Middle East before bringing them to study in the Ivy League, they will not only benefit from being immersed in a wide range of cultures and experiences, but will also make an immense contribution to the Columbia undergraduate classroom,” said Professor Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of Columbia University School of General Studies.