Information and recommendations

Different language tests are organised by the Language Centre.

From your first year at EPFL, you will gradually start following certain courses in English; from the master level onwards, many courses are given in English.

According to the Council of Europe’s reference levels, the C1 level in English is generally considered necessary to ensure your academic success.

To enable you to check your language skills, EPFL asks you to take an assessment of your English level at the Language Centre during the autumn semester. This assessment is mandatory for all first year Bachelor students.

Depending on your results, courses adapted to your needs are offered below in order to reach the level required for the rest of your studies.

Tests take place during the Autumn semester at the Language Centre. Registration is done online via IS-Academia.

You will find more information on The Student Affairs (SAE)’s webpage.

Progress towards the level C1? Course recommendations according to your results.

A level C1 in English is considered necessary for the future of your academic career: according to your profile, here is what the Language Centre offers to develop your skills.

If your profile does not include any B2


You urgently needs to improve your English.
Register for an:

  • Integrated skills module during the semesters
  • Intensive module during the intersemestrial periods
If your profile includes some B2 but no C1


You can register for an:

  • Integrated skills module during the semesters
  • Intensive module during the intersemestrial period

Depending on your needs, interest, objectives and current language profile, you may wish to opt for another type of courses:

Or a module to prepare for an external exam (which allows you to develop academic skills even if you do not pass the exam).

If your profile includes one or more C1 or C2


You can register for an:

  • Integrated skills module during the semesters
  • Intensive module during the intersemestrial period

Depending on your needs, interest, objectives and current language profile, you may wish to opt for another type of courses:

Or a module to prepare for an external exam (which allows you to develop academic skills even if you do not pass the exam).

 


Note:
Do not hesitate to use the other training opportunities available to you:


 

The language tests for German, English (except for USA and Canada), Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are for all students selected for an exchange outside the USA or Canada.

The written tests take place in the Multimedia Centre (EMA) of the Language Centre and registration is done via IS-Academia.

The level is assessed using Dialang, a progressive test with several steps.

Students receive an attestation mentioning the results obtained as well as a confirmation by email.

For more information, see the page Study Abroad.


 

These English written and oral tests are for all students selected for an exchange to the USA or Canada.

All selected students must take the test. The test consists of a 3-hour written section and a 15-minute oral section.

This test is selective, as the partner universities require level C1 in English.

The oral tests take place at the Language Centre and the written tests take place in an EPFL auditorium (which will be provided in due course).

Students receive an attestation in French and English mentioning the results obtained.

For more information, see the page Study Abroad.