Italian language requirement and exemption from reserved “contingente”/quota 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 the deadlines within which you must meet the Italian language requirement on the call for applications. Some Italian test sessions or certificate verification sessions may be after the deadlines and therefore not acceptable!

For restricted access degree programmes at national level, if you do not have a valid certificate of knowledge of the Italian language and you are required to take the Italian test, you must do it in the specific session indicated in the call for applications.

For the restricted access degree programmes with entrance exams in June and July, special Italian test sessions are organised.

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.

Italian language test 

How the Italian language test is carried out

Italian language skills assessment is aimed at:

  • verifying 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;

  • ascertaining the applicant’s ability to effectively and correctly communicate verbally in an academic context.

When to take the test

The calendar for the A.Y. 2020/21 is being updated.

Italian Language test schedule, a.y. 2020/21

29 June 2020 (*)

Mode: online only – Time: 10.00 CET

(*) Forlì Campus. Test reserved for students who wish to enrol in the following programmes:

International and Diplomatic Sciences First Cycle Degree (L SID), International and Diplomatic Sciences Second Cycle Degree (LM SID), Mass Media and Politics Second Cycle Degree (LM MMP), Criminological Sciences for Investigation and Security Second Cycle Degree (LM SCIS), Mechanical Engineering Second Cycle Degree.

Students registered for admission to these programmes will receive instructions on how to participate in the test from the Student Administration Office on Forlì Campus.

Italian Language test schedule, a.y. 2019/20

2 September 2019

Bologna – viale Berti Pichat 6 - hall B (Ranzani) - at 9.00

Bologna* – via Zamboni 34 – halls A and B – at 10.00

(*) Session reserved for students who pre-erolled in degree programmes of Humanities and Language and Literature, Interpreting and Translation areas in Bologna Campus. Session with computer-based test.

Bologna* - Policlinico S. Orsola Malpighi, Polo Murri, via Massarenti 9 – Murri hall - at 9.00. Candidates must show up at 8.30.

(*) Session reserved and compulsory for students who pre-erolled in: Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry School, health care professions degree programmes, Primary Teacher Education.

Ozzano dell’Emilia -  via Tolara di Sopra 50 -  Gherardini hall - at 10.00

Cesena – piazza Aldo Moro 90 – hall D – at 10.00

Forlì – via G. della Torre 1 – hall 1.4 – at 10.00

Ravenna – via Mariani 5 - Tumidei hall - at 10.30

Rimini – piazzetta Teatini 13 – Alberti hall – at 10.00

10 September 2019

Bologna – via Risorgimento 2 - hall 1.5 – at 9.00

17 September 2019

Bologna - via San Donato 19/2 – hall 4 (former Bodoniana) first floor – at 9.00

25 October 2019

Bologna – via Zamboni 34 – labs 2 and 3  – at 15.00. Session with computer-based test.

4 November 2019

Bologna – via Zamboni 34 – labs 2 and 3  – at 9.00. Session with computer-based test.

Submission of Italian language certificates or high school qualifications in Italian

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

How and when to submit the certificates

Log in to StudentiOnline, select ‘Calls’ and ‘Italian language requirement for non-EU students with residency abroad A.Y. 2020/21: 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 outcome of the assessment will be published on StudentiOnline. Assessments are carried out periodically, according to the following table:

Session

Certificates uploaded online by:

The outcome of the assessment will be published online by:

A

08/06/2020

15/06/2020

B

22/06/2020

29/06/2020

C

06/07/2020

13/07/2020

D

29/07/2020

06/08/2020

E

17/08/2020

24/08/2020

F

24/08/2020

31/08/2020

G

31/08/2020

07/09/2020

H

07/09/2020

14/09/2020

I

14/09/2020

21/09/2020

J

21/09/2020

28/09/2020

K

28/09/2020

05/10/2020

L

 12/10/2020

19/10/2020

Important! You must meet the deadlines stated in the “How and when you must meet the Italian language requirements” section.

Upload your documents as soon as possible to make sure not to miss deadline(s) and, if your certificates are not approved, to have the time to take the Italian language test.

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 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 listed in Annex 2 of the Ministerial Memo for a.y. 2019/20, where 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 of study 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, you can matriculate outside of the places reserved for non-EU students with residency abroad and, for restricted access degree programmes, you will 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.