Merit-based recruitment process

Language Requirements


Language Requirements

Knowledge of the English language is a basic condition for admission to the doctoral studies at GSSR. As part of their application package (see Documents checklist), candidates should provide the results of a standardized English language proficiency test (see table below for acceptable tests and scoring).

During the interview each candidate has to display a level of knowledge of the English language allowing them to conduct research and take part in classes held in that language.

Candidates who have completed their studies in English (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) are exempt from providing results of a standardized tests and taking the GSSR English language examination.


Test Type Required Minimum Score/

CEFR level  

(TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language 80
(IELTS) International English Language Test 6.5
 C1 Advanced, formerly (CAE) Cambridge Advanced English Test B
B2 First, formerly (FCE) First Certificate in English B2
C2 Proficiency, formerly (CPE) Cambridge Proficiency Test C
Certificate from university examination B2













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