Tel Aviv University in Israel and Columbia University in New York have launched a four-year program that will grant students double bachelor’s degrees – one from each university.

The program, which will enroll students for the 2020-2021 academic year, begins with two years on the TAU campus followed by two years in the Big Apple.

In Tel Aviv, students will take courses in humanities and life sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. At Columbia, students will choose from a wider selection of courses, including in the social and exact sciences.

The program is open to students from all over the world. Students will be charged TAU tuition when they are studying in Israel and Columbia tuition when they move to New York. TAU is working to establish scholarships for Israeli participants.

Columbia has similar programs with Trinity College in Dublin, Sciences Po in Paris, and City University of Hong Kong.

This is Columbia’s first such program in the Middle East, and “the first time that an Israeli university is collaborating with an elite American institution to offer a dual undergraduate program of this kind,” said Tel Aviv University Vice President Raanan Rein.

At least two Tel Aviv area-based music programs have similar international partnerships. The Israel Conservatory of Music offers a four-year program that starts in Israel and continues at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, while the Rimon School of Music in Ramat Hasharon has a partnership for studying the final two years of a bachelor’s degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Prof. Lisa Rosen-Metsch, dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies, praised the new partnership with TAU.

“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.”

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