Columbia University (New York)


Columbia University was founded in 1754 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York. With over 28,000 students, it is also one of the most prestigious universities in North America.

LSE and Columbia University are natural partners: both are located in world cities; both have an international character and outlook in their research and teaching and in their student and staff populations; and both are involved in the local and international arenas.

As top-class institutions, LSE and Columbia have a deep-rooted commitment to research and teaching in broad international policy areas with a notion that society can be improved by studying its problems and training its policy makers. We believe that in working together we can create highly distinctive research and teaching programmes.

Collaboration between LSE and Columbia has developed over the past 15 years, and includes a number of various activities. To learn about our sustained engagement with Columbia University, have a read through the various sections below.

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Opportunities for Law students

The LLB/JD scheme combines two years of study on LSE's Bachelor of Law (LLB) with two years of study on Columbia's Juris Doctor (JD). Students who have commenced their studies at LSE's Law Department on the LLM degree can apply to study at Columbia Law School for two further years in New York in lieu of studying for a third year in London.

The JD/LLM exchange scheme combines two years of study on Columbia's Juris Doctor (JD) with LSE's Masters of Law (LLM). Students who have commenced their studies at Columbia Law School can apply to study at LSE's Department of Law on the LLM degree in London in lieu of studying for a third year in New York.

Dual Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an interdisciplinary two-year degree covering the broad field of public policy and administration in a global context. Students who complete the dual degree receive a degree from both institutions that they attend. Read this page for an overview of the programme or check the frequently asked questions for more detailed information. 

Double Degree in International and Global History 

The Department of International History at LSE offers a Double MSc in International and World History with Columbia University. If you think you might be interested in doing comparative and connective work across space and time, then have a look at the detailed programme pages and check the structure, courses and application requirement here.  

PhD Student Exchange

LSE has established PhD Student Exchange programmes with a small number of institutions around the world including Columbia University. This exchange offers our research students a wonderful opportunity to visit another institution, to benefit from additional research resources (archival and advisory) and to experience the academic culture and professional networks of another country. Successful applicants may also work on related publications/presentations, or attend conferences and workshops both at the host institution and within the wider national academic community. 

Follow this link to see how and when to apply and the detailed requirements.

Lecture Series and Collaborative Research Initiatives

LSE regularly hosts talks by Columbia faculty, including (most recently): Prof Alondra Nelson who discussed her book The Social Life of DNA in October 2017.

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Other recent speakers include Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs (Man and Machine: the macroeconomics of the digital revolution; Oct 2017) and Prof Joseph Stiglitz (The Euro: and its threat to Europe; Aug 2016).


Historically LSE and Columbia University have collaborated on areas of research. For instance we worked with two transatlantic organisations (NSF and JISC) to fund the Digital Anthropology Resources for Teaching (DART), which explored the potential of digital resources for the teaching of undergraduate anthropology.

The project also investigated digital-library technologies to allow for the flexible delivery and customized use of these resources, and was successful in bringing together the two universities' anthropology departments and digital teaching and learning clusters.