Graduate admissions: language test exemptions

Last Update: 
1 October 2019

Please note

To be exempted from a language test, you must demonstrate that you are in one of the situations described on this page by attaching the supporting material to your application form.

Please note: 

  • We do not take into account the native language criteria.
  • C1 or C2 certificates issued by Sciences Po do not allow you to be exempted from language tests (except those issued by the Summer School and labelled CIEP)
  • Candidates graduating from the French General Baccalaureate with the international or European options can only be exempted from French tests. For other languages, they must provide the tests as required. There is one exception: Graduates of the Bac OIB (German option) are exempted from German tests.

the following Are exempt from the English test

  • Applicants having done their high school education in English (at least two years taught in English). In this case you need to provide your high school diploma.
  • Applicants who, after two years of study, have obtained a degree at an English-medium university. If this is your case, you need to provide the diploma which proves that your language of instruction was English. Please note that this does not apply to students having obtained a diploma in English language or English studies (culture, literature, history, etc) at universities in non English speaking countries.
  • Applicants holding the International Baccalaureate (IB) and having chosen English as their language of instruction (levels A1/A2 only).
  • Applicants holding the European Baccalaureate and having chosen English as their language of instruction (level L1 only).

the following Are exempt from the French test

  • Applicants having done their high school education in French (for example in French Lycées outside of France). In this case you need to provide your high school diploma.
  • Applicants who, after two years of study, have obtained a degree at a French-medium university. If this is your case, you need to provide the diploma which proves that your language of instruction was French. Please note that this does not apply to students having obtained a diploma in French language or French studies (culture, literature, history, etc) at universities in non French speaking countries.
  • Applicants holding a C1 or C2 French certificate delivered by Sciences Po Summer School (approved by the CIEP).
  • Applicants holding the International Baccalaureate (IB) and having chosen French as their language of instruction (levels A1/A2 only).
  • Applicants holding the European Baccalaureate and having chosen French as their language of instruction (level L1 only).

the following Are exempt from the German test (Graduate dual degree with Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Applicants holding an Abitur, Abibac or Bac OIB (German option).
  • Applicants holding a German university degree (minimum of two years tertiary studies).
  • Students from the French-German Campus of Sciences Po in Nancy, only those following a French/German programme).

the following Are exempt from the Spanish test

  • Applicants holding the Bachibac or an equivalent high school diploma in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Applicants having done their high school education in Spanish (at least two years taught in Spanish). 
  • Applicants holding a degree from a Spanish-medium university in Spain or Latin-America (minimum of two years tertiary studies).
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