Language tests for exchange students

Language requirements

Language requirements vary between programmes.

See the language prerequisites for undergraduate exchange students.

See the language prerequisites for the Master's programmes open to exchange students.

Accepted language tests

French:

For programmes that require a C1 level of French, the following tests are accepted:  

  • TCF 500
  • DELF/DALF C1

For programmes that require a B2 level of French, the following tests are accepted: 

  • TCF 400
  • DELF B2

English:

For programmes that require a C1 level of English, the following tests are accepted:  

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL 100
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) level C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 

For programmes that require a B2 level of English, the following tests are accepted:  

  • IELTS 6
  • TOEFL 87
  • Cambridge English First
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) level C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Language test exemptions

The following students do not need to submit English language test results: 

  • Students whose native language is English and who want to study at Sciences Po in English.
  • Students whose language of instruction at their home university is English and who want to study at Sciences Po in English.
  • Students from the following countries in Northern Europe where English is the language. used in higher education (75% minimum): Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Netherlands.
  • Students who have a school leaving qualification from an English-language secondary school system (e.g. A-Levels or High School Diploma).
  • Students who have a higher education diploma from a university where the language of instruction is English. 
  • Students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) who chose English as their language of instruction (level A1 / A2).
  • Students with a European Baccalaureate (IB) who chose English as their language of instruction (language section with English as mother tongue or 1st foreign language).

The following students do not need to submit French language test results: 

  • Students whose native language is French and who want to study at Sciences Po in French.
  • Students whose language of instruction at their home university is French and who want to study at Sciences Po in French.
  • Students who have a school leaving qualification from the French secondary school system (for example, from a lycée français in France or abroad).
  • Students who have a higher education diploma from a university where the language of instruction is French. 
  • Students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) who chose French as their language of instruction (only at A1/A2 level).
  • Students with a European Baccalaureate (IB) who chose French as their language of instruction (language section with French as mother tongue or 1st foreign language).
  • Students who achieved a B2 or C1 of level of French at the Sciences Po Summer School. 
  • Students who hold an Abibac or Abitur mentioning their certified level of French, in line with the Franco-German agreement of 4 November 1988.

Exchange students exempt from language tests are required to submit the document justifying the exemption with their application: secondary school qualification, undergraduate qualification, proof of the language of instruction at the home institution, Sciences Po certificate.