Language Requirements

The two working languages of the College of Europe are English and French. Candidates can apply to some study programmes with a lower command of one of these two langauges. Occasionally students are admitted on condition that they improve specific language skills.

For specific language requirements for the different departments please see

Language skills are to be indicated on the 'online application form'. French and English language levels are tested during selection interviews and candidates should, when possible, supply recognised certificates or recommendations from language teachers showing language levels in relation to the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR).(

For those who need to improve their level of French before entering the College, the 'Alliance Française' in Brussels ( organises summer courses especially developed with students' needs in mind. Candidates needing to improve their English should contact their local British Council for advice ( For students admitted to the Natolin (Warsaw) campus, the Language service also organises French and English language classes in August.

If specific advice on language requirements beyond the information available on the language pages on the website is needed, students can contact Mrs Angela O’NEILL, Director of Communications and Languages of the College of Europe, at angela.oneill [at] ().