Master International / FAQ

01 - Is your program taught entirely in English ?

The program is taught entirely in English.

However, the apprenticeships take place in French companies where French is usually the primary language.

02 – Are scanned copies of language certificates accepted or do you require the original certificates ?

Language certificate copies are sufficient.

03 – If I do not have a language certificate, is it still possible to apply ?

You can still apply. However, we highly encourage you to provide a language certificate to boost your application. The language certificate should be received at CIFFOP by May 1st, 2016.

If you are planning on obtaining your language certification after the deadline or it is not possible for you to obtain a certificate, you must inform Jessica Radzimski, the program assistant (

04 – What are the required exams or levels for the language certificate?

The following tests are accepted as proof of your level of English, along with the target (not required) score indicated:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet Based Test: 100
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
    • No sub-score under 6
  • TOEIC (Test of English for International Communications)
    • Listening and reading: 860/995
    • Speaking and writing: 350/400

We do not accept tests older than two years.

05 - Do I need to find my own apprenticeship before applying to the Master’s degree?

You do not need to search for an apprenticeship or have one secured before you are officially accepted into the program.

Once you are accepted into the program in the early summer, students are sent approximately 300 apprenticeship offers throughout the summer and early fall from partner companies in France. Students can then choose which apprenticeship offers they are interest in and apply directly.

06 - What are the academic requirements for CIFFOP applicants ?

Applicants are required to have the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree or three-year Bachelor’s degree plus one year’s Master’s degree. Applicants’ degrees are assessed by our « Action Internationale » department.

We welcome students from different academic backgrounds (ex: Law, Management, Engineering, Psychology, etc.)

07 – What are the grade requirements ?

We do not have specific grade requirements. However, we prefer applicants with strong academic backgrounds.

08 – Would it be sufficient to send my application directly to the CIFFOP program or should I also send it via Campus France ?

We are connected with Campus France, which is the French agency that promotes higher education, hospitality and international mobility in France. However, you must apply directly to our program.

09 – Is the academic program specifically oriented towards France and the French legal system? Or is there a wider European perspective?

Regarding our law module, the academic content touches on the French legal system, but our academic program is principally oriented towards international HR Management.

10 – Are all students international or is there a mixture of French and international students?

The majority of students come from outside of France. French students must have an international experience to apply for the Master’s program.