EPOG+ - Economic POlicies for the Global transition - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Language policy

  • English required for admission

    Two lan­guages are the main lan­guages of the EPOG Master’s course: Eng­lish and French. Options are also offered to study the lan­guage of each host­ing coun­try. The Master’s course thus pro­motes lan­guage diver­si­ty and inter­cul­tur­al­i­ty.

    Good lev­el in Eng­lish is required for admis­sion. It is the lan­guage used dur­ing the first year. Dur­ing Semes­ter 3, at least one path per Major will be taught entire­ly in Eng­lish, in order to allow those stu­dents that want to study only in Eng­lish.


    French as a learning outcome

    French is not required but the pro­gramme is organ­ised in order to ensure that French is one of the learn­ing out­come. This is realised in three steps:

    First yearFrench train­ing (for begin­ners or advanced lev­els) at the host­ing insti­tu­tion (on a week­ly basis).
    Sep­tem­ber of the sec­ond yearInten­sive French train­ing for 3–4 weeks (on a dai­ly basis).
    Sec­ond yearFrench week­ly train­ing (avail­abil­i­ty of the dif­fer­ent lev­els depends on the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of the timeta­bles).

    At the end of the cur­ricu­lum, stu­dents can take a French nation­al exam­i­na­tion to cer­ti­fy French skills (Euro­pean CEFR scale): DELF (Diplo­ma in French Lan­guage Stud­ies) or DALF (Diplo­ma in Advanced French Lan­guage Stud­ies) are diplo­mas issued by the Nation­al Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion for non-fran­coph­o­ne peo­ple.

    Stu­dents will­ing to take a course taught in French are helped in the fol­low­ing way:

    • slides and/or doc­u­ments will be pro­vid­ed in Eng­lish for the lec­tures taught in French;
    • teach­ers are avail­able to answer ques­tions in Eng­lish;
    • a French-Eng­lish glos­sary of the main tech­ni­cal terms will be giv­en to the stu­dents (and con­tributed to by stu­dents and pro­fes­sors as an online wiki resource).

    The choice of pro­mot­ing French as an out­put ful­ly inte­grat­ed to the Master’s course is to insist on the impor­tance of lan­guages in cul­tur­al exchanges: an aim is to max­imise the abil­i­ty of stu­dents to engage with the local soci­eties with­in which they will live (notably in France). Addi­tion­al­ly, French is a lan­guage spo­ken in many coun­tries in the world, one of the major work­ing lan­guages in the inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions in which the stu­dents could be hired (UN, UNESCO, ILO, OECD…).


    Possibility to learn local languages

    In each coun­try, for the exams, stu­dents are able to choose between local lan­guage or Eng­lish. Master’s the­sis shall be writ­ten in Eng­lish. Tutor­ing is in Eng­lish and the bud­dy pro­gramme involves Eng­lish speak­ing stu­dents.

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