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Camille ETMANS

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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 :

1st February – 15th May

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 admission procedure

How to apply

  1. Choose your Master programme
  2. Review the eligibility and admission criteria (see below)
  3. Create your account on
  4. Select your prefered programme
  5. Take your language test (see below): language tests may take several months to complete. Make sure you start early in order to be able to provide your results within the application deadline.
  6. Ask your former professors for reference letters: make sure to do this early enough to ensure your referees have enough time to reply.
  7. Upload the requested documents (see below)
  8. Submit your application

1. Calendar

Procedure: Applications will be reviewed in rounds, 4 times a year
1st February – 31 May 

Phase 1 : from 1 February to 28 February (results 30 April 2019)

Phase 2 : from 1 Mars to 31 Mars (results 29 May 2019)

Phase 3 : from 1 April to 30 April (results 28 June 2019)

Phase 4 : from 1 May to 31 May (results 31 July 2019)

Applications after 31 May 2019 (23:59 CEST) will not be considered.


2. Eligibility criteria

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

  • An undergraduate level degree (180 ECTS) at the time of entry to ESPOL. In principle, the ESPOL master is open to all disciplinary backgrounds but previous courses in political and social 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 programmes 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):
  • Two academic references, in English or French
  1. Please do not add extra documents to your application beyond those listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


3. Admission criteria

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

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

4. Procedure

The ESPOL Master admission procedure is supervised by the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee is led by the director of the Master and is composed of the director of ESPOL and the co-directors of the Master’s programs. 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 :

  1. 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.
  2. 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. On the basis of this double evaluation, the Admission Committee decides on the admission of the candidate to the interview phase.
  3. The interview phase: candidates accepted to the interview phase are invited to an interview with one of the members of the Admission Committee.
  4. 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.

5. After the admission

  • Accepted candidates get an official acceptance letter by email. They are given a four (4) week registration deadline. A reminder is sent after three (3) weeks by the Admission Officer. Enrollment is only guaranteed upon registration. In case candidates do not reply/register after four weeks their admission is cancelled and automatically offered to the next following waitlisted candidate.   
  • 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. In case candidates do not reply/register after four weeks their admission is cancelled and automatically offered to the next following waitlisted candidate.   
  • 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.