Language tests

All students selected for an exchange must take a language test. The test is taken after the selection.

The language tests for German, English (except for USA, Canada and Australia), Spanish, Italian and Portuguese will take place at the Multimédia Center of the EPFL Language Centre between March 6th and 17th, 2021.

  • Monday to Thurdsay: from 6pm to 8pm
  • Friday: from 2pm to 8pm
  • Saturday: from 10am to 6pm

The registration to the tests is done via is-academia under the main menu “Inscription au test de mobilité” between 1st and 5th March 2021.


The English written and oral tests for students who have been selected for an exchange to the USA or Canada will take place at the EPFL Language Centre. This test is selective, as our partner universities require level C1 in English.

Oral test:

– Thursday 28th January 2021

– Friday 29th January 2021

Written test: on Saturday 30th January 2021 from 9am to 12pm

Germany, Austria, ETHZ : German and/or English if you plan to take courses in both languages

Belgium:  English, if flemish host university

Brazil, Portugal : Portuguese. Except Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) : English

Danmark, Finland, Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Turkey, UK : English

China, Korea, India, Singapore, Israel : English

Chile, Spain, Mexico : Spanish

Italy, Mendrisio : Italian. Politecnico di Torino : language of the majority of courses (Italian or English)

Russia : test of Russian at the host university at the beginning of the exchange

Japan : English test at EPFL + certificate of Japanese level (eg. course attestation)