English - required level
To be awarded an IFP School degree, all students must obtain a minimum level of English of B2 according the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (which is equivalent to a TOEIC score of 785). An excellent command of English is essential in the energy and transport sectors. At the beginning of the school year, all students must take an internal test to assess their current level of English. If they do not get this 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 (books, games, magazines, DVDs and documentation preparing students to take tests).
An English test (TOEFL, TOEIC, First Certificate, etc.) is required for applicants to English-language programs (Powertrain Engineering, Petroleum Economics and Management, Processes and Polymers, Petroleum Geosciences, Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering) and recommended for all applicants.
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: 90
- IELTS: 6.5
- Cambridge: 175
- Bulats: 70
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 2020 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.
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
French courses are proposed to students to help them get used to life in France and adapt more easily to the French culture.
Spanish and German classes can also be offered, depending on the demand.