We look forward to learning about you through your application.

Here you’ll find a detailed explanation of each admission application requirement. Most of the information here applies to both In-Person format applicants and Blender format applicants. Don’t forget to reference our Application Tips for guidance.


We accept only Online Applications. Complete and submit your materials as soon as possible to ensure full and timely consideration of your application. Until you submit your own application sections, no part of your application will be transmitted to the IFP-HS Admissions Office.

Submitting Your Application

After you submit your application, we will send an email confirmation. 

If you have not received your confirmation email, please check your spam/junk folder for messages from or If have searched your inbox and still cannot find your confirmation email, we encourage you to contact us. 

You may pay your application fee through a bank deposit or 

You may also send a check or money order to IFP-Humanitarian Studies Admissions, Makepe , BP 12369. Please include the applicant’s name with the payment.


Complete IFP-HS Questions.

Additional application questions

 If you need to update your identification or contact information or send updates, additional information, or corrections, please do so by sending those documents via email to

Be completely accurate in your application materials. If we discover a misrepresentation during the admissions process, you will be denied admission. If you have already been admitted, your offer will typically be withdrawn. If you have already registered, your admission will normally be revoked, and we will require you to leave the Institute.

The determination that an application is inaccurate or contains misrepresentations rests solely with the Admissions Office and will be resolved outside the student disciplinary process.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, please consider carefully whether you meet the following common minimum eligibility criteria:

  • A completed application is submitted through the online application system (including all compulsory attachments, such as: copy of passport, certified copy of diploma, certified copies of academic transcripts, CV in English, reference letters),
  • candidates must have obtained, as a minimum, a university first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF level 6) in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action,
  • Candidates are required to have a recognized qualification in the language of instruction  (English).

Remember, candidates are chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • type and level of academic qualifications,
  • type and level of research experience,
  • type and level of professional experience, such as practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental, inter-governmental, and/or non-governmental organizations and institutions,
  • motivation and concern for humanitarian issues,
  • level of linguistic abilities,
  • recommendations,
  • results of interviews (if applicable),
  • nationality and gender balance.

Standardized Test Scores

All students may apply for admission without standardized test scores.  But if your first language is not English, you need to have a TOEFL before your graduation.

Standardized Testing FAQs

When you apply for admission, you can choose whether or not our review of your application will include your standardized test scores.

Yes. Applicants may provide self-reported.

Opportunities to prepare for standardized tests vary greatly for students of different socioeconomic backgrounds. Research indicates that short-term test preparation usually has little effect, but the free “test prep”  might make a significant difference for students who follow their programs for extended periods of time. Such free programs could help to level the playing field for students from under-resourced schools by providing the academic skills that will serve them well on standardized tests and also in college. Students can also do well by studying widely and deeply over a long period of time on their own with the help of family, school, or community organizations.

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