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Year 1 of the Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

Admission deadlines :
Please, consult Parcoursup’s calendar.

To apply for ESPOL, you must follow the steps explained on the PARCOURSUP site.


calendier PARCOURSUP

Which documents are required in your application?

– A cover letter in English
– Official transcripts of grades for final two years of high school
– Official Transcript of final school exam scores and subsequent years of study (if applicable)


Year 2 of the Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

Admission dates :

15 February 2022 – 1st May 2022

Registration of your application takes place on the admissions website of the Catholic University of Lille. 

Required documents:

  • A cover letter in English
  • Transcript of final school exam scores and subsequent years of study (if applicable)
  • Any document certifying to foreign language skills can be added to the application
  • High school diploma
  • CV

The second year of the bachelor’s degree is open to students who have completed their first year of Bachelor or obtained 60 ECTS credits in political science or related subjects (sociology, law, international relations, economics, history, …)

Master's programmes

ESPOL Master’s admission procedure

How to apply

  1. Choose your preferred master’s programme
  2. Review the eligibility and admission criteria 
  3. Take a language test (or provide results from a recent test; see below)
  4. Ask 2 former professors for reference letters, make sure to do this early enough to ensure your referees have enough time to reply.
  5. Create your account and submit your application through the admission platform:
  6. Upload the required documents onto the admission platform
  7. When accepted, complete your registration on 

EU/EEA applicants admission procedure: 

1. Calendar

To apply, we invite you to register your application on our admission area: between 15 February and 1st May 2022.


2. Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for admission, students are required to submit:

  • an undergraduate level degree (180 ECTS or equivalent) at the time of entry to ESPOL. In principle, the ESPOL masters are open to all disciplinary backgrounds but previous courses in political sciences will be appreciated. Additional classes can be imposed for students without political science background.
    • a Master level degree for countries in which universities do not award undergraduate qualifications;
  • A personal statement in English. Personal statements explain your interest in the study programme and its aims.
  • A CV in English;
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended (including exchange programmes).;
  • Proof of English language proficiency through one of the following completed tests (proof of registration for a test is not enough):
    • TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT or 60 PDF
    • IELTS Academic – 6.0
    • PTE Academic 54
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – grade C
    • TOEIC – 785

A language test is not required for native English speakers or students with a undergraduate/graduate degree in English.

  • Two academic references, in English or French

Please do not add extra documents to your application beyond those listed above.

3. Admission criteria

Several criteria are taken into account for the evaluation of the admission

  • Academic excellence: academic background and results.
  • Professional experience, including internships and public engagement.
  • Future plans and motivation, as explained in your personal statement
  • Personal background.

4. Procedure

The ESPOL Master admission procedure is supervised by the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee is led by the Programmes Directors and is composed of four academic members of ESPOL, The Admission Committee meets twice a year. The Admission Committee is supported in its tasks by the Admission Officer.

The standard procedure of admission at ESPOL involves 4 phases:

  • the eligibility phase: the eligibility of the candidate is checked by the Admission Officer. Eligibility status is communicated with the candidates by the Admission Officer as soon as possible through the admission platform.
  • the evaluation phase: desk-based evaluation of eligible candidates by two academic members of ESPOL, appointed by the Admission Committee, and following the admission criteria described above. Based on this double evaluation, the Admission Committee decides on the admission of the candidate to the interview phase.
  • the interview phase: candidates accepted to the interview phase are invited (by email) to an interview with one of the members of the Admission Committee. The interviews take place on Skype or face-to-face in Lille.
  • the admission decision: based on the results of the evaluation and the interviews, the Admission Committee decides upon the admission of the candidates. A candidate can be rejected or accepted. Final decisions of the Committee are communicated to the admission officer, who shares the individual decisions with the candidates by email and through the admission platform.

5. After the admission

  • Accepted candidates get an official acceptance letter by email. They are given a four (4) week registration deadline. While enrolment may still be possible once the registration deadline has passed, ESPOL only guarantees enrolment to candidates registered by the deadline.
  • Rejected candidates get an official rejection letter by email.

6. Appeal procedure

Candidates can appeal the decision of the Admission Committee by addressing a written statement within four weeks following the date of decision. Appeal will be considered by the Admission Committee during their next following meeting. Appeals brought later than four weeks following the date of initial decision will not be considered.


To be eligible for admission, students are required to submit:

  • most recent diploma
  • academic transcript  
  • Personal statement in English. Personal statements explain your interest in the study programme and its aims.
  • CV in English
  1. Create your account and submit your application through the admission platform:
  2. Send the requested documents to:
  3. When accepted,complete your registration on 

Admission fees

ESPOL, as a private higher education institution, requires to charge tuition fees in order to operate. Tuition can be adjusted, based on the revenues of the applicant’s family’s, household composition and CROUS scholarship indexes.

You can immediately estimate your fees online on: simulation scolarite

Bachelor’s and Master’s fees: €3,050-€9,400 depending on revenue and household composition.

Programme in European Politics fees : €9,500 (flat fee)



1 – ESPOL’s Student Excellence Grant

As part of our commitment to talent, ESPOL issues Student Excellence Grants every year. The grants are intended to provide a source of financial support to the best candidates who have been offered admission for one of ESPOL’s master’s programmes. The grant will be allocated primarily to incoming master students who have confirmed enrolment.

2 – Grant criteria

The Student Excellence Grants are allocated based on the following criteria:

  • the degree of academic excellence, demonstrated by the candidate’s previous academic records;
  • the candidate’s motivation and the suitability of her/his professional project with regard to the master’s degree;

3 – When and how to apply

As an accepted candidate to one of ESPOL’s master’s programmes, the only thing you need to do to be considered for a Student Excellence Grant is to confirm your enrolment in the chosen programme by completing your registration on the admission platform (  and paying the enrolment deposit (or the full tuition fees if you register from July onwards) by the registration deadline stated in your admission letter. Once confirmed, you will be automatically considered for the Student Excellence Grant.

4 – How much you can get and how the grants are paid

Grants typically range from 1000€ to 2000€. The grant is awarded by check to the students once their enrolment in the programme is confirmed. In case of early drop-out or non-validation of the MA programme, the total amount of the grant is to be reimbursed.

The Admission Committee will meet in the second half of June (Round 1) and in the first half of September (Round 2) to attribute the grants. Results will be communicated in early July (Round 1) and by mid-September 2020 (Round 2).