Intensive language courses in French and English are organized during the summer before the start of the academic year, and then throughout the students' training, to enable them to reach a sufficient level to follow the courses and to facilitate their integration into a multicultural environment and their daily life in France.
Language proficiency can be a prerequisite for obtaining the final degree (DIS or DESA). For more information, click here.
To be awarded an IFP School degree (DIS or DESA), all students must obtain a minimum level of English of B2. An excellent command of English is essential in the energy and transport sectors. At the beginning of the academic year, students must take an internal test to assess their current level of English. If they do not get the required minimum score, they must take English classes once or twice a week, in order to take the test again in the course of the year and practice the language orally.
IFP School provides students with a Language Hub, dedicated to foreign languages and filled with books, games, magazines, DVDs and materials to prepare for the tests.
An English test is required for applicants enrolled in a program taught in English and recommended for all applicants following a program taught in French.
Students applying to an English-language program must give proof of a minimum score to one of the following tests before the Admissions Board convenes:
- TOEIC: 850
- TOEFL: 86
- IELTS: 6.5
- Cambridge (B2 First, C1 Advanced, Business, Linguaskill, etc): 175
Please note that IFP School's ETS code is 7084.
Applicants who are admitted by the Board and whose English level is lower will have to attend intensive English courses in summer (2 or 4 weeks).
Will be exempt from the English proficiency:
- citizens of countries whose official language is English;
- holders of a degree from a university based in a country whose official language is English, particularly:
- Canada (except Quebec)
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
The above English requirements are for the 2022 entry and are reviewed annually.
If you are unsure of meeting one of the English language exemptions, you are advised to take an official English test.
French - required level
During the application process, international candidates are encouraged to attest to their level of French by attaching to their application a TCF-type language test or a DELF/DALF-type diploma or a certificate of French language training stipulating the number of hours taken, if available.
In addition, an internal French test may be organized at the request of recruiters.
For the intake joining the School in September 2022, a minimum level of French for international students will be required to obtain the Specialized Engineering Degree (Diplôme d'ingénieur spécialisé - DIS), at least B1 for a program taught in English and B2 for a program taught in French (students applying for a DESA are not concerned by the following paragraph).
Before the end of their studies at IFP School, students aiming for a DIS must provide:
- a French language diploma (DELF/DALF) ;
- a French language test (TCF type) that is less than two years old on the initial date of the graduation board.
Students from the following countries are not required to provide a French language diploma/test:
- (1) an officially French-speaking country;
- (2) a multilingual country where French is an official language and those who have completed their entire secondary education in a French institution.
(1) List of officially French-speaking countries:
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast
- Guinea - Conakry
Sources - website of the Ministry of Interior and Campus France
(2) Multilingual countries:
- Central African Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
During the academic year, compulsory courses are organized twice a week for students who need to improve their level of French. Objectives:
- understand syntax rules and vocabulary;
- communicate in everyday situations;
- adapt more easily to the French culture.
Students with a higher level can take optional classes, with topics in:
- culture and civilization;
- written expression techniques;
German courses may be offered to students if requested by their partner companies (apprenticeship, internship, etc).