Italian language test and exemptions from the reserved quota for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU students with residency abroad and you want to enrol in a degree programme taught in the Italian language, you must successfully pass an Italian language test. After passing the Italian language test, you also need to complete the admission procedures set for the degree programme you have chosen.

How the Italian language test is carried out

Italian language skills are assessed via an oral interview 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.

Only for some experimental tests, the first part of the oral interview will be replaced by a computer-based test.

When to take the test

The tests shown on the calendar are available. When choosing the date, remember that:

if you want to enrol in a national restricted-access degree programme, you must take the Italian test in the session indicated in the call for applications;

if you want to enrol in a local restricted-access degree programme, you must take the Italian test before the admission test. In case of selection by qualifications (for example a TOLC call for applications), you must take the test before the application deadline;

Check the deadline for passing the Italian language test in the relevant call for applications. Some exam sessions may be after the deadline and therefore not acceptable!

For restricted-access degree programmes with admission tests in June, July and August, specific sessions will be scheduled. Carefully read the application instructions and take the Italian language test according to the information contained therein.
Only for restricted-access degree programmes on Forlì Campus read the attached schedule [.pdf].

You do not need to register for the Italian language test (you only need to pre-enrol at the Italian consulate/embassy). You must show up in the place and time indicated in the schedule. Bring your passport with you.

Italian Language test schedule, A.Y. 2019-20

2 September 2019

Bologna – 

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.

 

Exemptions from the Italian language test and from the reserved quota for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you have one of the following certificates, check in the call for applications or on the degree programme website for information on how to present it to the Student Administration Office. For more information, please contact the relevant Student Administration Office.

You are exempted from the Italian language test if:

  • you have one of the following 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);
  • you are enrolling in a degree programme (or curriculum) taught entirely in English.

Only for degree programmes taught in Italian, you are exempted from the Italian language test and from the reserved quota (“contingente degli studenti internazionali”) if:

  • you have one of the following certificates:
    - “ 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”;
    - an Italian language competence certificate 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).
  • you have one of the following certificates and you wish to enrol in a First cycle or Single cycle degree programme:

- a 5-year or 4-year secondary school diploma received from an Italian school abroad (in this case you are exempted from the reserved quota also for the degree programmes held in English);

-  one of the secondary school leaving qualifications listed in Annex 2 of the Ministerial Memo for A.Y. 2019/20, where expressly envisaged; 

- a supplementary certificate 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.

If you are exempted from the reserved 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 and students with EU-equivalent status.

If you’re a Chinese student participating in the Marco Polo project, here you can read information on the Italian language course and the required final certificate.