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. In the 3rd semester, at least one path per option will be taught entirely in English, in order to allow those students that want to study only in English.
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:
- French training (for beginners or advanced levels) during the first year in the hosting institution on a weekly basis;
- Intensive French training for one month in September of the second year (on a daily basis);
- French weekly training during the whole Semester 3 (the availability of the different levels depends on the compatibility of the timetables).
At the end of the curriculum, the students is incited to take a French national examination (in France or abroad) to certify French skills (using the European CEFR scale): DELF (Diploma in French Language Studies) or DALF (Diploma in Advanced French Language Studies) which are diplomas issued by the National Ministry of Education, or TCF which is the National Ministry of Education’s French test, allowing for the evaluation of a non-francophone audience’s level of French in a simple, reliable and quick manner.
A students willing to take a course taught in French are helped in the following way:
- all the slides and most of the documents are 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 are 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…). French could also attract many students coming from third-countries.
In each country, for the exams, students are able to choose between local language or English. Master’s dissertation shall be written in English.
For the 4th semester, the students have to work on their Master’s thesis. They can take additional courses but it is not mandatory. The availibility of courses in English is limited in Paris, turin and the UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro). However, courses are optional in this “research” oriented semester. Tutoring are in English and the buddy programme involves English speaking students.