Italian language requirement and exemption from reserved “contingente” for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU student with residency abroad and you want to enrol in a degree programme taught in the Italian language, you must prove that you have an adequate level of knowledge of the Italian language for starting university studies. In addition to proving your knowledge of the Italian language, you need to take and pass the verifications of the entry requirements and the admission procedures set for the degree programme of your interest.

How and when you must meet the Italian language requirements

You can meet the Italian language requirement:

  • by passing an Italian language test organised by the University of Bologna;
  • by submitting a valid certificate of knowledge of the Italian language or a high school qualification obtained in Italian.

 

If you want to enrol in a restricted access degree programme, check in the call for applications the deadline within which you must meet the Italian language requirement. Some Italian test sessions or certificate verification sessions may be after the deadline and therefore not acceptable! If you do not meet the Italian requirement by the deadline set in the call, you will be excluded from the selection.

For open access degree programmes, the Italian language requirement must be met in the available sessions that will take place before the deadline for matriculation. If you do not meet the Italian requirement by the final deadline for matriculation, you will not be allowed to enrol.

We advise you to get ready to meet the Italian language requirement in good time and not to wait for the last eligible sessions.

Italian language test 

How the Italian language test is carried out

The test consists of an online test (TEST ITA-L2@CASA run by CISIA), aimed at ascertaining the possession of adequate language abilities and knowledge of the main grammatical structures of the Italian language, needed to properly study and explore topics and issues related to the university experience.

The test consists of 48 questions to be completed in 90 minutes and it is divided into three types of tests: listening, reading and linguistic structures. For each question to which a correct answer is given 1 point is awarded; in all other cases (no answer or wrong answer) 0 points are awarded. The total score is given by the sum of the scores for each question. The test is adopted on an experimental basis and for the A.Y. 2021-22 the minimum score to pass it is 16.

The test will be delivered online using tools and technologies that allow to create secure and controlled virtual classrooms, in which candidates can be reliably identified and carry out their tests autonomously.

When to take the test and practical information

To register for the test: log in Studenti Online, select "Bookings" and then "Prova di lingua italiana per studenti non-UE residenti all’estero A.A. 2021/22", complete the reservation by choosing the date of the test you would like to participate in. Pay attention to the deadlines indicated in the table and do not wait until the last moment because the available places may run out.

Read also the instructions available on the CISIA website for the TEST ITA-L2@CASA (in Italian).

A few days before the selected test date, in your @studio.unibo.it mailbox you will receive the instructions to access the online test. Remember to regularly check your @studio.unibo.it mailbox.

The result will be published on Studenti Online within 48 hours after the test.

Attention: the dates could be modified on the basis of technical requirements; any updates will be published on this page.

Italian language test: available test dates

Deadline for the registration via Studenti OnLine

Tuesday 4/05/2021 at 17:00 CEST (only for students applying for International and Diplomatic Sciences)

No booking needed 

Tuesday 29/06/2021 at  14:30 CEST

Monday 21/06/2021 at  12:00 CEST

Friday 09/07/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Wednesday 30/06/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Monday 26/07/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Friday 16/07/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Thursday 26/08/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Wednesday 18/08/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Friday 27/08/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Wednesday 18/08/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Wednesday 08/09/2021 at 15:30 CEST

Tuesday 31/08/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Friday 17/09/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Wednesday 08/09/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Thursday 07/10/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Wednesday 29/09/2021 at 12:00 CEST

Thursday 11/11/2021 at 14:30 CEST

Tuesday 02/11/2021 at 12:00 CEST


Submission of Italian language certificates or high school qualifications in Italian

Important! Some certificates and qualifications involve the exemption from reserved “contingente" for non-EU students with residency abroad (international student quota).

How and when to submit the certificates

Log in to Studenti Online, select ‘Calls’ and ‘Italian language requirement for non-EU students with residency abroad A.Y. 2021/22: assessment of Italian language certificates and high school diplomas in the Italian language’.

Upload a copy of your certificate and your passport. Only final, official certificates complete with all marks will be considered.

The certificate will be assessed by the International Desk; you will then receive the outcome of the assessment directly on Studenti Online. Assessments are carried out periodically, according to the following table.

Important! You must meet the deadlines stated in the “How and when you must meet the Italian language requirements” section. We recommend that you upload the documents as soon as possible, to make sure not to miss deadlines and to have time to take an alternative Italian test, in case your certificate is not accepted.

Session

If you upload your certificate by:

Your certificate will be assessed by:

 A

26/04/21

03/05/21

 B

17/05/21

24/05/21

 C

07/06/21

14/06/21

 D

28/06/21

05/07/21

 E

12/07/21

19/07/21

 F

02/08/21

09/08/21

 G

23/08/21

30/08/21

 H

30/08/21

06/09/21

 I

06/09/21

13/09/21

 J

13/09/21

20/09/21

 K

20/09/21

27/09/21

 L

04/10/21

11/10/21

M

18/10/21

25/10/21


To meet the Italian language requirement, only certificates submitted through this procedure will be considered, under penalty of exclusion from selection or enrolment. Certificates uploaded in the pre-enrolment application on Universitaly are not considered for this purpose.

Certificates and qualifications that meet the Italian language requirement

The following certificates and qualifications meet the Italian language requirement: 

  • Italian Language competence certificates corresponding to level B2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità): 
    CELI B2 (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), 
    CILS B2 (Università per Stranieri di Siena), 
    PLIDA B2 (Società Dante Alighieri), 
    CERT.IT B2 (Università Roma Tre);
  • “Diploma di I o II grado in Lingua e Cultura italiana” given by the “Università per Stranieri di Siena” or  “Attestato di conoscenza della Lingua e Cultura italiana” corresponding to levels C1 or C2 given by the “Università per Stranieri di Perugia”. Important! These qualifications involve exemption from the international student quota for degree programmes in Italian (*);
  • Italian language competence certificates corresponding to levels C1 and C2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità): 
    CELI C1 and C2 (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), 
    CILS C1 and C2 (Università per Stranieri di Siena), 
    PLIDA C1 and C2 (Società Dante Alighieri), 
    CERT.IT C1 and C2 (Università Roma Tre).
    Important! These qualifications involve exemption from the international student quota for degree programmes in Italian (*);
  • 5-year or 4-year Italian secondary school diplomas received from an Italian school abroad. Important! These qualifications involve exemption from the international student quota for degree programmes in Italian and in English (*);
  • secondary school leaving qualifications in Annex 2 of the Ministerial Memo for a.y. 2021/22where expressly envisaged. Important! These qualifications involve exemption from the international student quota for first and single cycle degree programmes in Italian (*);
  • supplementary certificates attached to a middle school diploma obtained in Argentina certifying that the study course included Italian language lessons for at least 5 years. Important! These qualifications involve exemption from the international student quota for first cycle and single cycle degree programmes in Italian (*).

(*) If you are exempted from the international student quota for restricted access degree programmes, you can matriculate outside of the places reserved for non-EU students with residency abroad: for admission you will therefore compete with EU students and students with EU-equivalent status.

Marco Polo programme students

If you are a Chinese student participating in the Marco Polo programme, here you can read information on the Italian language course and the related certificate.