The European Section has three objectives:
- Allows the students to improve their competence in the Portuguese language.
- Gaining new competencies through learning a non-linguistic discipline (History and Geography) in Portuguese.
- Opening up to the world, to intercultural dialogue and best preparing oneself for mobility.
- The Baccalaureate diploma awarded to candidates, besides referencing the area of ES (Economic and Social) or S (Sciences) in which the student has trained, will also make reference to the European Section in Portuguese.
- Joins the rigour of the French Baccalaureate and the supplementary disciplines in Portuguese.
- Allows the validation, in parallel, of a certificate of level B2 or C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
- Adds value to the CV, it can make the difference during the review of the student’s file for post-Bac admission.
- Students should have a solid base and good level of Portuguese; the will to deepen their command of the language and knowledge of the diverse cultures of Lusophone countries.
- It is also fundamental that the students be interested in History and Geography, since they will work a part of the French History and Geography program in Portuguese.
- They should be motivated, ready to take on a greater work load and demonstrate interest in questions of current events.
Organisation of Education
- Specifically, beginning in the 10th year, students follow the same academic path as their colleagues in the same level, and benefit from 1 hour of History and Geography in Portuguese (in other words, a total of 5 hours in the Portuguese language, per week).
- Students in the 12th year complete:
- On one hand, the obligatory exams which correspond to the area in which they are enrolled.
- On the other hand, an exam specifically about the History and Geography program (an oral exam in Portuguese).
- Two conditions are necessary to obtain a distinction in the European section of the baccalaureate diploma:
- Obtain a mark equal to or greater than 12/20 in the exam of the 1st group of living language, which occurs in the Portuguese language program of the section;
- Obtain a mark equal to or greater than 10/20 in the specific exam of History and Geography in Portuguese. This specific evaluation encompasses equally an evaluation of the 12th year (20%) and a test which is supplementary to the year end final exam (80%).
Conditions of access
- In the first place, while the student is in the 9th or 10th year (end of January), the application file should be delivered to the Senior School (end of March).
- Secondly, the student should take oral and written exams in May.
- Finally, the Senior School will make a decision taking into account the student’s file and the exam results, subject to a decision to change the following year.