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Oliwia BARAN

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Camille ETMANS

Communication Officer

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 – 15 June

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

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. Send the requested documents to: 
  7. When accepted, complete your registration on 

EU/EEA applicants admission procedure: 

1. Calendar

Applications will be reviewed in rounds, 4 times a year

2020 rounds

Call opening

Call closing

Eligibility & Evaluation



Round 1

15 Feb

14 March (23h59 CET)

15 March to 14 April

15 April to 14 May

14 May

Round 2

15 March

14 April (23h59 CEST)

15 April to 14 May

15 May to 14 June

14 June

Round 3

15 April

14 May (23h59 CEST)

15 May to 14 June

15 June to 6 July

10 July

Round 4

15 May

14 June (23h59 CEST)

15 June to 6 July

7 July to 17 July

17 July


International/non-EU applicants admission procedure: 

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

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.

Incomplete applications or application received after 31 May 2020 (23:59 CEST) will not be considered.

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 Director of  Master’s Programmes and is composed of the director of ESPOL and the Co-Directors of the Master’s Programmes. The Admission Committee meets 5 times per 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, accepted, or waitlisted (see below). 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.


  • Waitlisted candidates: Wait-listed students have not been formally accepted nor rejected and are offered admission if/when spaces become available, in the order defined by the Admission Committee. Spaces become available when accepted candidates have declined to register for the MA, or when the registration deadline for a candidate has passed. Every application round has its own waitlist. Waitlisted candidates who are offered admission 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.



Admission’s deadlines:

15th of December (Spring Semester)

15th of July (Fall semester)

This programme is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Students should send a copy of their most recent diploma, their academic transcript and a CV to Oliwia Baran (

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: €2,660-€8,435 depending on revenue and household composition.



For any international students, it is possible to apply to the housing aid, delivered by the CAF (the family allocation service). To benefit from it, you have to rent accomodation in France, in your name. For more information, go on the caf’s website. You will find a UK flag at the end of it: when you will click on it, a PDF about the functioning of this housing assistance will open.

You can make a simulation here for bachelor or master.

Programme in European Politics :

Tuition fee: 9,000 euros for one year – 5,500 euros for one semester (registration, courses, excursions, transcript and health insurance included).

Accommodation package: 7,000 euros for one year; 3,500 euros for one semester.