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Dual degree Sciences Po/Columbia

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In September 2008, Sciences Po Journalism School and Columbia University's School of journalism (New York) created the first dual degree between a French and an American School of journalism.


Because of the changes in journalism, the quick evolution of techniques, and the constant broadening of trainings, Sciences Po and Columbia want to find a way to face those challenges and offer a unique international programme for journalism. These two Schools want to put their assets together to introduce students to all types of media standards and methods, be they French, European or Anglo-Saxon.


They also want them to master journalism techniques better, to be trained in two different languages, and to benefit from an unprecedented international opening.


Both institutions work together to offer students a practical approach to journalism as well as high-quality intellectual training taught by journalists, key players on the international scene, and university teachers. Students are trained to enter national and international newsrooms on a “globalized” labour market.




  • Students attend a two-year course, and spend one year in each School of journalism.

  • This programme is highly selective. Up to ten students will be chosen to take part in this dual degree : five in Paris, and five in New York. These students can only apply during the first year of their Master's degree in journalism and will be selected according to the criteria used by each institution to select its own students. A member of staff will also come from the partner School to take part in the selection process.
  • Five first-year students doing their Master's degree in journalism at Sciences Po University are selected to spend their second year in New York and attend the one-year Master of Science (M.S) at Columbia University.
  • Five students from Columbia University in New York are selected to spend their second year at Sciences Po University and attend a specific complementary programme. They will then be able to undergo part-time internship in a newsroom at the same time.
  • The members of this programme are considered to be students both at Sciences Po University and at Columbia University for the whole duration of the programme.

  • This dual Sciences Po-Columbia degree in journalism is taught in French and English at Sciences Po and in English at Columbia.

  • This programme offers a great deal of classes in social sciences (international relations, economics, European current affairs, political life) as well as practical workshops in journalism (image, sound, writing, digital).

  • The teachers and lecturers from both universities are professional journalists and internationally renowned academics.

  • In both universities, students benefit from highly stimulating environments, networks and opportunities. They are fully integrated to the guest university and have access to all services (library, IT rooms, career advice, sports facilities, students union and cultural life).

  • At the end of this dual course, students are awarded two Master's degrees in journalism, one from Sciences Po University and one from Columbia University.

According to Richard Descoings, dean of Sciences Po University, “Sciences Po University has had special links with Columbia University for a long time and we are very happy that a concrete partnership could be implemented with this prestigious School of journalism. Students coming from either side of the Atlantic can now benefit from a unique international training in journalism. It is a first for a French School of journalism.”


“We are delighted to establish this partnership with Sciences Po University, one of the most famous universities in Europe”, says Nicholas Lemann, dean of the School of journalism at Columbia University. “Sciences Po University shares our values : offering students an academic work-orientated training in journalism at graduate level and giving them an international perspective on the world.”


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>> The dual degree program overview






Year 1 at Sciences Po Journalism School


At Sciences Po University, students enrol for the Master's degree taught at the Journalism School, and they attend the first year of the programme in Paris. Students also to have to attend a language class (other than their mother tongue) at Sciences Po University.


Year 2 at Columbia's School of Journalism


Sciences Po University's students who are selected to spend their second year in New York enrol for the Master of Science (M.S) at Columbia's School of Journalism and have to pass their exams.





Year 1 at Columbia's School of Journalism


Students enrol for the 10-months Master of Science (M.S) course at Columbia. In order to be awarded their diploma, they have to attend all the classes required. During their M.S. year, they apply to spend an extra year at Sciences Po University.


Year 2 at Sciences Po Journalism School


Students who are selected for the dual diploma spend a year in Paris and are awarded the diploma after one year instead of two, if they fulfil all the academic requirements. In Paris, students have to attend courses at Sciences Po Journalism School and also go on part-time training in a newsroom in Paris.


Students have the opportunity to build their programme with the head of the Journalism School, and to choose classes in social sciences (international relations, economics, political history, etc.) and practical workshops in journalism (image, sound, writing, digital) taught in first and second year at the Journalism School or in other Master's degrees at Sciences Po University, depending on their profile.




As well as attending classes, students have to go on a part-time internship in a Parisian newsroom, either eight months in one go, or four months twice. Students have a training agreement with Sciences Po Avenir. They can be granted an allowance for their training, but it has to be decided on an individual basis by the employer.



>> Language requirements


Courses at Columbia are taught in English, courses at Sciences Po are taught in French and English. Students also need to speak and write a little of French so as to make interviews during their internships and attend weekly master class. 


>> School schedule


The school year at Sciences Po University goes from September to February (fall term) and from February to May (spring term).


Columbia's M.S. programme runs over ten months (August till May). It is split into two semesters.


>> Alumni's words


Susana Ferreira, 2008-2009 student selected for the dual diploma, spending her second year at Sciences Po University

“If you want to discover international politics or if you are interested in working as a journalist abroad, this dual diploma is a great starting point. You will have many opportunities to improve your language skills; moreover, travelling to Europe, Africa or the Middle East is easily done by plane or train. The balance between classes and training is very interesting as it complements Columbia's programme. This course enabled me to discover classes which I hadn't had time to attend at Columbia, such as economics or Arabic, and also gave me the opportunity to design reports with an international approach. It's a great complement to Columbia's M.S.”

Maile Cannon,  former student (2009-2010), trainee at the International Herald Tribune, the AFP and lefigaro.fr

“I am so happy that I came to Sciences Po University. I am a trainee at the International Herald Tribune where I'm learning a lot. At the School of journalism, I could improve my French and discover another culture thanks to the classes I had in history and in politics. Given that I was in Paris, I had more opportunities to improve my knowledge in journalism, and I also had time to unfold my personal as well as professional interests in a city so international and cultural as Paris.”

Andrés Bermúdez Liévano, former student (2009-2010), trainee at France 24

“I had been dreaming of spending a year immersed in French culture for a long time. I could finally do it thanks to the dual diploma. Sciences Po University is a great complement to the professional experience I already have, and gives me the opportunity to spend a year experiencing work in the French media and thinking about the issues I am interested in as a journalist. I am very happy with my training at France 24 and of my classes on Human rights, conflicts mechanisms and photojournalism. The academic opportunities at Sciences Po University are almost endless, including the classes with teachers who are highly renowned, like Ghassan Salamé, for example. My passion for literature, cinema, art and journalism means that Paris is the perfect place for me to enrich my experience. My first months here have already given me the ideal skills to be a journalist in Latin America.”

>> How to apply to the dual degree in Journalism between Sciences Po and Columbia?


No French test required. All the informations about applications are here


>> Financial aid





Dual degree students are eligible to the same scholarship aid as other students at the institution where they are enrolled.


Financial aid at Sciences Po

Dual degree students are eligible for the same financial aid as other Sciences Po's students. Sciences Po offers several fellowship opportunities to French, EU and international students.


For a detailed description of financial aid offered at Sciences Po, please go to this link.

For Fulbright financial aid, please go to this link



Financial aid at Columbia


For a detailed description of financial aid offered by Columbia, all the informations are here.


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