Language

The language of instruction and examination is English for most of the courses at the AFEPA partner universities. At UCL a sufficient number of courses are taught in English so that knowledge of French is not necessary. At UPC and especially at PUC, most courses are taught in Spanish and a sufficient knowledge of that language is therefore necessary.  Students speaking French or Spanish, respectively, at the three universities not only have a wider selection of courses to chose from, but it also facilitates every day life. In any case, because professors at these two latter institutions are fluent in English, examinations can be organised in English at the specific request of the international students.

Candidates from English speaking countries must provide an official letter from their university from which they graduated attesting that English is the media of instruction. All other candidates will have to provide evidence that they master English at a level corresponding to the minimum scores on one of the following tests. Please note that we have to receive an applicant’s language certificate directly from the testing institutions in the case of the TOEFL test. So applicants should contact the TOEFL test center and have them send a copy to the AFEPA coordinating institution, the University of Bonn (Applicants would have to mention to the testing institution the specific code for the University of Bonn). If an applicant choses to take the IELTS test, we can accept a certified copy of your test results.  The IELTS test result copy should clearly indicate the “test report form number”, which will then enable us to contact the testing institution and verify the results.

We require the following minimum scores for the TOELF and IELTS results:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): an overall band IELTS score of at least 6.5, and no section below 5.5.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): at least 90 on the Internet-based Test (IBT) with a minimum of 20 on the written part.
  • A test deemed equivalent by the AFEPA Management Board (if you want to submit test results oither than from TOEFL or IELTS please obtain our confirmation of the particular test prior to sending your application package.

Learning support in local language is offered free of additional fees in all five partner institutions. This support is provided to facilitate the integration of the international students in study and local social life.  Language courses can be recognised for a maximum of 5 ECTS credits in the academic programme at UCL and 6 credits in the academic programmme at UBonn and UCSC.