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International Programs

Global journalism in the 21st century

We offer two prestigious dual degree programs and other international affiliations.

Dual Degree Sciences Po Journalism School in Paris

Columbia Journalism School and the Sciences Po Journalism School in Paris offer a dual degree program that allows students to study in two hubs of journalism and graduate from both institutions. This is the first dual degree program between a French and an American journalism school. One of the world’s top universities for social sciences, Sciences Po is based in the heart of Paris in a campus with award-winning architecture.

The partnership reflects the global nature of journalism in the 21st century and offers students top-tier training from both an American and a European perspective. It encourages mastery of journalistic techniques, bilingual training and the opportunity to develop a career with a unique international background. In 2022, Sciences Po Journalism School was ranked 1st J school in France: it has world renowned academic professors as well as professional journalist teachers and very rich network in national and international newsrooms.

Columbia students will apply at the end of the first semester for the dual degree in order to study at Sciences Po Journalism School the following year meanwhile Sciences Po J school students will apply to Columbia at the same time to study in New York after one year in Paris. Each school controls its own admission process, though a representative from the partner institution attends the final selection process. Students pay regular tuition rates at each institution. 

Columbia Journalism School students at Sciences Po will be in the Master's degree in Journalism, Master 2, at Sciences Po Journalism School, with a tailor-made programme composed of a part-time internship and courses at Sciences Po (academic courses, workshops, and language courses). Students can be granted an allowance for their training, but it has to be decided on an individual basis by the employer.

Sciences Po J school lays the emphasis on covering the environmental crises and its consequences, as well as digital skills. 

The Columbia students will also have the opportunity to work as interns 2 to 3 days a week in Paris based news and media organizations while enrolled at Sciences Po. Sciences Po’s journalism school will oversee the placement of these internships.

Students from Sciences Po who are admitted to Columbia will enroll in our M.S. program, the cornerstone program offered by the Journalism School.

Over 70 students are part of the Alumni from the Dual Degree Sciences Po Journalism School/ Columbia Journalism School, and some of them have shared their best memories here.

University of Barcelona Journalism Program

The Journalism School shares the management of the Universitat de Barcelona BCNY Journalism program in Spain and contributes faculty members who offer specialized short courses in Barcelona.

Students enrolled in this program undertake a rigorous, one‐year curriculum, which in many ways resembles that of the Journalism School. The program is dedicated to producing journalists who demonstrate the same professional standards and sense of responsibility as their Columbia colleagues. The curriculum is taught in Spanish.

Applicants who are fluent in Spanish and are unable to attend Columbia will regard this program as an interesting alternative.

BCNY Journalism is strongly supported by Spanish news organizations, many of which provide internship opportunities for the students. Typically, the student body is highly diverse, with representatives from several European countries, Latin America, Africa and the U.S.

For more information, contact program director, Frederic Vincent

Dual Degree: Johannesburg

Dual Degree: Johannesburg

Witwatersrand University remains a partner of Columbia Journalism School. However, there are no programs in progress at this time. Please check back again in 2021.

The Journalism School and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa offer a dual degree program that allows students to study journalism in both New York City and Johannesburg and receive degrees from both institutions.

The partnership reflects the global nature of journalism in the 21st century, offering students top‐tier training from both an American and an international perspective, and encourages mastery of journalistic techniques and the opportunity to develop a career with a unique international background.

The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is one of the leading universities in South Africa. It consists of five faculties, which comprise 34 schools. Wits Journalism is a graduate program offering B.A. Hons and M.A. degrees.

Students who participate in this program will be selected by a joint committee with representatives from each school that will choose a maximum of five students per year from each institution for the exchange program.

After receiving an M.S. degree from the Journalism School, Columbia students may choose to attend the University of Witwatersrand to take courses towards a second degree or towards a graduate certificate program. While in Johannesburg, the university will place visiting students in internship programs with various news organizations in South Africa.


For more information on our international programs, contact Elena Cabral.