Italian Language Test

Proficiency in the Italian Language and exception to dedicated quotas dedicated to non-EU students living abroad

If you are a non-EU student living abroad and you wish to enrol in a Degree course held in Italian, you shall prove adequate proficiency in the Italian language. In order to enrol, you shall also meet admission requisites and pass admission tests for a desired Degree course.

Higher education institutions shall assess language proficiency to allow student enrolment. Such institutions set up language proficiency tests which represent a mandatory requisite for all Undergraduate Programmes and Single-Cycle Master's Degree Programmes, except for exemption cases.

Exemption from Italian Language Test

Some students could be exempted from taking an Italian Language Test though they could be included in quotas dedicated to students who applied for a visa and living abroad:

a) students holding proficiency certificates in the Italian Language (B2 Level or higher, as determined by the Council of Europe) as determined by the CLIQ (Italian Quality Language Certification) quality system, which gathers the current certification bodies (University for Foreigners of Perugia, University for Foreigners of Siena, Roma Tre University and the Dante Alighieri Society) as well as University for Foreigners “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria, including agreements with Italian Institutes of Culture abroad or other institutions. Such certifications may be earned in the country of origin or in recognised exam centres worldwide;

b) students described in the following section are exempted from taking the Italian Language Test and are enrolled irrespective of dedicated quotas.

Exemption from Language Proficiency Tests and quotas

Some students are exempted from taking Language Proficiency Tests before enrolling in Undergraduate Programmes and Single-Cycle Master's Degree Programmes, irrespective of dedicated quotas:

c) students holding a four-year or five-year upper secondary school diploma obtained in public or private Italian schools abroad;

d) students holding an upper secondary school diploma listed in Annex 2;

e) students holding complementary certificates to Lower Secondary School final diploma obtained in Argentina, which certify the attendance of a course including Italian language teaching for at least five years, pursuant to Italian Law no. 210, June 7, 1999 (Gazzetta Ufficiale 152, July 1, 1999);

f) students holding a Diploma in Italian Language and Culture earned at the Universities for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena;

g) students holding proficiency certifications in the Italian Language (C1 or C2 Level as determined by the Council of Europe) as determined by the CLIQ (Italian Quality Language Certification) quality system, which gathers the current certification bodies (University for Foreigners of Perugia, University for Foreigners of Siena, Roma Tre University and the Dante Alighieri Society) as well as University for Foreigners “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria, including agreements with Italian Institutes of Culture abroad or other institutions.

h) students holding qualifications indicated in sections d) and e) above are exempted from taking Language Proficiency Tests to enrol in Master's Degree courses, in case such tests are taken by this University autonomously.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

Test procedures

An Italian Language Proficiency test shall be taken to enrol non-EU international students living abroad. Such test shall be set up in cooperation with the University Language Centre (CLA) only upon pre-enrolling via Universitaly:   https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/dashboard

A proficiency test is represented by an oral exam aiming at:

  • assessing adequate lexical and grammar proficiency in Italian, a requisite needed to face the university experience and the study of subjects and contents provided;
  • assessing adequate and proper proficiency in oral communication in university contexts.

Language Proficiency Test: practical information (date of test)

The date of Language Proficiency Tests shall be notified via Universitaly.

Online tests

The day before the test, students will receive an email (the email address will be the one indicated on Universitaly upon pre-enrolment) containing practical information to take the exam. Tests shall be carried out via Microsoft Teams.

Minimum requirements to carry out an online test are the following:
a valid passport, a plugged Personal Computer or Laptop (or a tablet or smartphone) and an Internet connection, a webcam, a microphone and stable data or network connection.

Furthermore, students are required to carry out the test alone in a quiet, lit room.

On-site tests

In order to take an on-site test, please show up in the location and the time indicated, holding a passport with a valid entry stamp.

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published on Jun 28, 2022 last modified Jun 28, 2022