Working languages

Convinced that the knowledge and preservation of cultural diversity begins with learning to live together and speaking several languages, the master's programme places a fundamental emphasis on language learning (15 ECTS must be completed). It is one of the few Erasmus Mundus programmes to offer courses in different European languages and not exclusively in English.

The main language of instruction is French and the secondary language is English.
A level B1 certificate in French is required for entry to the Master's programme. Students who do not have this level must undertake to take French courses the summer before enrolling, and obtain the B1 certificate.

Courses are taught:

  • in French and English at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;
  • in French and English at the University of Padua;
  • in French at the University of Evora.

Students benefit from language courses throughout their course. On their arrival at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, they take part in an intensive French course, along with civilisation and methodology classes.
In addition to these two languages, every effort is made to enable students to master Italian and Portuguese. This is facilitated by a semester in Italy, a semester in Portugal and regular language courses. On completion of the Master's programme, students should be able to express themselves in four European languages.

Each semester of the programme includes a specific language course worth 5 ECTS credits:

  • Semester 1, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: French and an introduction to Italian for French speakers; English;
  • Semester 2, University of Padua: Italian; English;
  • Semester 3, University of Evora: French; Portuguese.

In Semester 4, students are given refresher courses in the language in which they will be writing their dissertation.

The programme encourages a lively relationship with the languages used on a daily basis when travelling to different universities. Discussion sessions in French are provided by French-speaking students who do not receive grants, for international students who so wish. Two teaching methods are used: academic courses and mutual teaching.



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