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EF  Pre-PhD Program
EF  Pre-PhD Program

EF Pre-PhD Program

Secure guaranteed university placement on a top-ranked Master’s, MBA or Pre-PhD program following an intensive preparation program that develops essential academic knowledge.
30 Lessons / week
(40 minutes each lesson)
  • Length:
    6 months / 9 months / 11 months
  • Start Date:
    January / April / June / September
  • German requirement:
    B1 or higher for 6 months / A2 or higher for 9 months / A1 or higher for 11 months
  • English requirement:
    11-month program: IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 410 PBT/ 180 CBT/ 62 IBT, EF SET B2.1 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test. / - 9-month program: IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 525 PBT/ 194 CBT/ 71 IBT, EF SET B2.2 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test / 6-month program: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 PBT/ 213 CBT/ 81 IBT, EF SET B2.3 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test. For the UK, a SELT (Secure English Language Test) is required in order to obtain a visa.
  • Result:
    Guaranteed entry into the first year of a postgraduate degree in the UK, US, Australia, Germany or France.

The EF Pre-Master’s & PreMBA Program consists of three main areas: language study, academic skills and specialist modules. Specialist modules are academic classes which enable students to gain confidence studying their chosen subject.

Program duration 

6, 9 or 11 months, with start dates in January, April, June & September 

*9- or 11-month programs are only available to EU passport holders 


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EF Learning Guarantee
EF's Learning Guarantee
We are so confident that our method will help you make maximum progress, that we guarantee it. Attend all of your classes, do all the assignments, and you’ll advance one course level every six weeks – otherwise, you'll study for free until you do.