Language Policy

Language diversity in Europe is seen as an added-value of studies in Europe. Students are provided with the possibility of using the official languages of the four host countries (English, French, Spanish or Basque), the language of instruction (English) and the language of the country where they carry out their thesis project (other than English, French, Spanish or Basque).

Instruction languages

The instruction language for the MSc Degree Programme is English at all of the Partner Universities. Teaching is offered in English, at least to ensure that every student is offered the possibility to follow 120 ECTS in English.

Modules in Spanish and Basque at UPV/EHU and in French at UB and ULg may be selected by students, after approval by the JPB.

Students may take the assessments in other languages with the approval of the JPB. This aspect will be indicated also as recommended action in the mentorís report and the Student Agreement.

The MSc Thesis can be presented in English, French, Spanish, or Basque. In every case, a summary in English must be provided.

English language proficiency

English language proficiency is a pre-requisite. The minimum requirements for non-native speakers are by an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 570/227, or an equivalent approved by the JPB. For those following either Semester 1 or Semester 3 in Soton the English Language Requirements may be subject to annual updates according to local policies (language admission policies).

Training facilities and local language learning

The Partner Universities offer language learning support through training courses in several European languages. All universities procure language courses for foreign students, taught by specific departments; they promote the national languages, in order to facilitate social integration.

Partners dispose of the necessary resources to enforce this policy (International Offices, Language Centres, Intensive training sessions offered twice a year); these are sponsored and paid for by the universities.

These courses could be recognised for students, upon approval by the UPV/EHU UAB ("Multicultural Integration in EU" course in the MER MSc official curriculum; 4 ECTS; UPV/EHU).