The EHLS program accepts persons who have Superior (Level 3) proficiency
in the heritage language and Advanced (Level 2 or 2+) proficiency
in English as measured on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR)
scale. The program is designed to support the development of Superior
proficiency in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
To qualify for participation in the EHLS program, applicants must
undergo formal testing in both English and the heritage language.
Visit the Proficiency
Testing page for more information about the formal testing.
For a preliminary idea of whether you qualify for EHLS, use the language self-assessment grids. Use them to assess both your native language skills and your skills in English.
In your native language, you need to be confident that you meet the criteria for level C1 or better in listening, reading, spoken interaction, and spoken production. You do not need to assess your writing skills.
In English, you need to be confident that you meet the criteria for level B1 or B2 in all of the skill areas.
These self-assessments were developed by the Council
of Europe as part of the European Language Portfolio
(ELP). For a more detailed level-by-level language
skill self-assessment, use the self-assessment checkilsts
from the Swiss version of the ELP.
The language self-assessment grids will give you a preliminary idea of whether or not you have the language skills to qualify for the EHLS program. Please note that this is only a preliminary measure. There is no formal validated correlation between these self-assessment grids and the ILR scale.