Language tests

All students selected for an exchange must take a language test or provide an attestation which demonstrates that their language level is sufficient. The test is taken after the selection.

Please note that partner universities may change the language requirements at any time. Specific information regarding these requirements can be found on the website of the partner universities or in certain cases on the exchange information sheet.

Exchange to the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom

The students selected for an exchange in the USA, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom must pass a language test according to the requirement of the host university.
The English certificate obtained for the test of the 1st Bachelor year is not accepted.

The test is refunded by EPFL for the first attempt only. In order to receive a refund, please provide the invoice of the course, the attestation of participation to the course as well as your bank details to your student exchange coordinator at the Student Exchange Office.

Universities in the USATests accepted and level required by the host universityDeadline to pass the test
Carnegie Mellon Universitysee fact sheet (PDF document) on the website of the partner universitiesFebruary 15
Johns Hopkins Universitysee the website of the partnerFebruary 15
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignsee fact sheet (PDF document) on the website of the partner universitiesJanuary 31
University of California, San Diegosee the website of the partnerJanuary 31
University of Washington, Seattlesee the website of the partnerFebruary 15
Universities in AustraliaTests accepted and level required by the host universityDeadline to pass the test
University of New South Walessee the website of the partnerFebruary 15
University of Sydneysee the website of the partnerFebruary 15
Universities in CanadaTests accepted and level required by the host universityDeadline to pass the test
McGill Universitysee the website of the partnerJanuary 31
University of Torontosee the website of the partnerJanuary 31
University of British Columbiasee the website of the partnerJanuary 31
University of Waterloosee the website of the partnerJanuary 31
Polytechnique de Montréalno English test required, courses in French
Université de Montréalno English test required, courses in French
Université Laval, Québecno English test required, courses in French
Universities in the United KingdomTests accepted and level required by the host universityDeadine to present the certificate
University of Edinburghsee this website as well as this websiteaccording to the application deadline of the partner
Imperial College Londonsee the website of the partneraccording to the application deadline of the partner
University of Nottinghamsee the website of the partneraccording to the application deadline of the partner

The language tests for German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are organized by the Language Centre. The tests will take place at the beginning of March 2023 at the Language Center.

If you have passed an English test at the Language Center during the 1st Bachelor year you need to provide this attestation which you can download in IS-Academia to the host university who requires an English certificate.

Updated on 10.11.22
Contrary to what was shared at the Study Abroad Fair on 13th October 2022,  if you have not passed the English test during the first year or if you have not obtained the English level required by the host university for which you will be selected, you will exceptionally be able to pass an English test at the Language Center at the beginning of March 2023.

  • Germany, Austria: German and/or English, if study plan in both languages
  • Belgium:  English, if flemish host university and at UCL – Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain. No test for other universities
  • Brazil, Portugal : Portuguese. Except Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) : English if courses at master level and/or Portuguese if courses at bachelor level
  • Danmark, Finland, Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Turkey, UK : English
  • China, Korea, India, Singapore, Israel : English
  • Chile, Spain, Mexico : Spanish
  • France: English for Polytechnique Paris, ENS Lyon. No test for other universities
  • Italy: Italian. Politecnico di Torino : language of the majority of courses (Italian or English)
  • Japan : English test at EPFL + certificate of Japanese level (eg. course attestation)
  • Switzerland: Mendrisio: Italian. ETHZ: language of the majority of courses (German or English)