English language tests
All interviewees have to take an English language test.
The only categories exempt from the English tests are:
- Native speakers of English
There are two types of English Tests: the English language assessment test and the English language placement test:
1. English language assessment tests - spoken and written tests in English (similar to the TOEFL or IELTS test) - are obligatory for:
- Candidates who have not sent proof that they have satisfied the minimum requirements of English language proficiency, and
- Are non-native speakers of English, or
- Have not a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and have not written a thesis in English in such a programme
Test Results: The results of the assessment tests are reported to the interview panels, the departments and to the Entrance Board and will be taken into consideration when the admission of a candidate is decided.
The Entrance Board may recommend or require a candidate to improve his/her language competence before registering at the EUI.
The results of the assessment tests will also be used as placement tests, see below.
2. English language placement tests - spoken and written tests in academic English - are obligatory for:
- all remaining candidates, with the exception of native speakers of English and candidates to the Department of Economics who have previously sent proof that they have satisfied the minimum requirements or that they are exempt (once admitted to the EUI, Economics researchers will be required to sit a placement test upon their admission to the second year of the doctoral programme).
Test Results:The results of the English placement tests do not affect the selection process. Results are used to place admitted candidates in English pre-sessional academic skills courses in September. See English Language Courses for more information.
Tests in other EUI working languages
When invited for interview, short-listed candidates will be informed by the Language Centre whether they have to take additional language test(s) (French, German, Italian or Spanish) at their interview.