English Language Requirements
To apply to EHL's Bachelor programme, the basic requirement is completion of the final secondary school diploma which leads to university admission in the country where you completed your secondary studies.
In general, we ask for results which are well above a basic pass. We will assess your transcripts carefully, looking at the rigour of your programme of study, your choice of subjects and your results (link to Selection Process).
In addition to your formal qualifications, you will need to show evidence that you have taken challenging courses which entail analytical and reasoning skills.
Secondary education credentials accepted
- Swiss Maturité gymnasiale
- Swiss Maturité professionnelle
- French Baccalauréat général
- International Baccalaureate
- British A-Levels (minimum 3 required)
- German Abitur
- Spanish Bachillerato plus satisfactory results in the Selectividad exam
- Italian Maturità
- Brazilian Conclusão de 2 Grau Diploma plus satisfactory results in the Concurso Vestibular
- Bachillerato (South America)
- Chinese Senior High School Graduation Diploma plus university entrance examination
- Indian Senior Secondary School Certificate
- Korean High School Diploma plus SAECE results (Scholastic Achievement Exam for College Entrance)
- American High School Diploma plus evidence of higher achievement (3 AP or IB Higher Level certificates), plus satisfactory SAT 1 results. (SAT scores must be sent directly to EHL by the College Board). EHL's institutional code is 4102.
English is essential, because it is the language of international hospitality and plays an important part in life at EHL. Even if you are studying in the French section, you will find that much of the reading you need to do for your studies will be based on English texts. Many of the guest speakers or visiting lecturers who come to EHL are English-speaking, and international conferences will mostly be in English. And of course, as we are an international school, you will find that you need English for daily life on the campus and for participation in student activities.
For study in the Bachelor programme's English section, you will need an excellent written and verbal command of English, as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution in which English was the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)
or one of the following English tests:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum score 100 for the iBT (internet-based test), 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test).
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade B
- IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 7.
- IB candidates need to obtain a minimum grade of 4 for English A (HL and SL) or a minimum grade of 5 for English B (HL).
- A-level candidates will be exempted from submitting a language certificate if they obtain a grade of B in English Language or Literature.
Second Language Qualifications
Your second language may be your mother tongue, or you may demonstrate that you have studied a language other than English.
Working knowledge of French
Some knowledge of French is also recommended. During the Preparatory Year, all students in the English section follow French language courses. It is highly recommended to students who have been exempted from the Preparatory Year or entering Year 2 to take French courses (i.e. DELF Certificate, Diplôme d'Etudes de Langue Française, Level A1) before beginning their studies.
But French is also important, because it is the language of the country in which you will be studying and is also the language of Europe's long tradition of hospitality. Knowing some French will enable you to participate fully in student life as well as in local life and activities. Although many students in the English Section do not speak French on entering the school, they follow French classes and are expected to have a working knowledge of the language by the end of their studies.
If you choose to study in the French Section, you will need both French and English qualifications:
French Language Qualifications
You need to show that you have an excellent written and verbal command of French, as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution where French is the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)
or one of the following French tests:
- Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises (DSLCF)
- DALF C1 (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
English language qualifications
Even if you are studying in the French section, you will need to show that you have sufficient proficiency in English by submitting one of the following certificates:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score
- 550 (paper-based)
- 213 (computer-based)
- 80 Internet-based TOEFL (Ibt)
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade C, or
- IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 6.0
No work experience is required.
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