Welcome to Alliance


Created in 2002, Alliance is an innovative academic joint-venture between Columbia University and three major French institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

The aim of the venture is to pursue innovation in Education and Research between the four institutions by sharing knowledge, practices and resources. A laboratory for innovation, Alliance has become furthermore a major academic platform for transatlantic debate on global issues.

What the Alliance program offers

Innovative Joint Education Programs

The Alliance Program forecasts the future of global education and encourages the creation of innovative programs: dual degrees, co-teaching, non-conventional summer schools... More than 200 students benefit every year from a range of 20 international dual degrees and joint programs (BA, MA, MS, PhD) in all disciplines including Art History, International and Public Affairs, Journalism, Sustainable Development, Political Science, Law, and Engineering. Dual degrees and joint programs are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students from all over the world.

A Faculty Network of Excellence

The Alliance Program facilitates the creation of academic links, synergies and know-how transfers for the strong international network of leading professors and research centers from the four institutions. Every year a dozen of visiting professors teach abroad through the Alliance Visiting Professorship Program and around 40 short-term acadmic mission are organized. Simultaneously, the Alliance Program supports joint transatlantic research teams that are thriving in the humanities, social sciences and hard sciences.

A Platform for Global Debate

The Alliance Program is an instrument to connect scholars and research centers at the four institutions: around 40 joint academic events (lectures, conferences, workshops, photo exhibitions) are organized every year on the pressing issues of our times in New York and Paris, with the co-sponsorship of 60 different centers and institutes.

Unique innovative joint-venture

The Alliance Program, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry for Higher Education and the Regional Council of the Ile de France and the four institutions was endowed in 2007. In 2013, the endowment fund had already accrued more than $3,000,000. Corporate sponsors of Alliance programs and activities include EDF, BNP Paribas North America, Calyon, Ernst & Young LLP, Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP New York, Axa University, Coletica, Inc., France Telecom, Ixis Capital Markets, and UBS Municipal Securities.

Columbia University International Travel Planning Policy

To aid international travel planning and to provide support to those whose scholarly inquiry takes them overseas, Columbia University established a new International Travel Planning Policy and created a new companion website. The Policy establishes requirements for planning international travel that is organized, funded, arranged, or recognized by the University. To register international Columbia Travel, visit the University’s global travel portal. Registering Columbia travel ahead of time enables the University to mobilize more quickly and effectively should there be an emergency. The new website, provides important travel alerts, logistics information, and other resources for international travelers.