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Competence in italian

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Before matriculation, international candidates have to prove their mastery of Italian. They are normally requested to sit for an exam, but may also meet the language requirement by submitting documentary evidence of being already competent in Italian.

Some exemptions from the language exam are decided at national level, after comparative evaluation of the main existing qualifications in Italian; others may be autonomously granted by individual H.Ed. institutions.

Therefore, if you have already attended one or more Italian language courses, you are recommended to attach the relevant documents to your application.

Exemptions from the italian exam

I. by national decision

  1. Matriculations in Corsi di Laurea-CL (180 ECTS credits) and in Corsi di Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale a ciclo unico-CLSu/CLMu (long 1-block programmes in dentistry, medicine, etc. amounting to 300-360 ECTS credits).
    The candidates who hold one of the qualifications listed here below are exempted by the Italian language exam and are matriculated out of the reserved quotas):
    1. students a 4-/5-year upper secondary diploma awarded by Italian schools located outside Italy, or one of the school leaving qualifications listed under points 6-11 of the section "Specific Qualifications";
    2. students who hold the middle school qualification awarded by Argentina along with complementary certificates confirming that they have attended a secondary programme including the study of the Italian language for 5 years at least (see Law 210/1999 ratifying the bilateral agreement Italy-Argentina of 3.12.1997).
    3. students who hold a diploma in the Italian language and culture (Diploma di lingua e cultura italiana) awarded by the Universitites for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena on completion of minimum a one-year programme;
    4. students holding those diplomas of competence in Italian which, awarded by the Third University of Rome, or the Universitites for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena, correspond to the levels C1 and C2 of the Council of Europe (such diplomas may be awarded also on the basis of agreements with Italian Cultural Institutes abroad or with other bodies);
    5. students who hold statements of attendance (C1/C2 level) issued by other Italian universities which have established their own Italian courses, either autonomously or in cooperation with other educational institutions or with regional/local bodies.
  2. Matriculations in Corsi di Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale-CLS/CLM (those "non a ciclo unico" amounting to 120 ECTS credits)
    The candidates who hold one of qualifications quoted under letter c) and d) above are exempted by the Italian language exam and are matriculated out of the reserved quotas.
  3. Matriculations in Corsi di Laurea-CL, Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico-CLMu, Corsi di Laurea Magistrale-CLM.
    The exemption from the Italian exam is also granted to the candidates holding one of the following qualifications but their matriculation takes place within the limits ot the quotas reserved for non-Eu citizens living outside Italy:
    1. those diplomas of competence in Italian which, awarded by the Third University of Rome, or the Universitites for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena, correspond to the levels B1 and B2 of the Council of Europe (such diplomas may be awarded also on the basis of agreements with Italian Cultural Institutes abroad or with other bodies); as well as students who hold statements of attendance (B1/B2 level) issued by other Italian universities which have established their own Italian courses, either autonomously or in cooperation with other educational institutions or with regional/local bodies.
    2. statements of adequate knowledge of Italian issued by the Universities for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena or by the Third State University of Rome on completion of their language courses organised in certain foreign countries; in relation to specific local situations, the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs has given instructions to Italian diplomatic authorities in some countries to ask for the mentioned statements as a compulsory condition to issue the indispensable study visa for Italy (candidates are advised to contact the Italian Embassy / Consulate in their place of residence for further information).

II. by autonomous decision of the institutions

Matriculations in Corsi di Laurea-CL, Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico-CLMu, Corsi di Laurea Magistrale-CLM
The exemption from the Italian exam is also granted to the following candidates but their matriculation takes place within the limits ot the quotas reserved for non-Eu citizens living outside Italy:

  • students who hold statements of attendance issued by other Italian universities which have established their own Italian courses, either autonomously or in cooperation with other educational institutions or with regional/local bodies.
  • students holding statements on the passing of Italian language tests/exams issued by entities other than Italian universities.

When the above quoted qualifications certify the highest available levels of competence in Italian, their holders -on the autonomous decision of the host. Italian institutions- may be granted additional scores in the grading lists of candidates eligible for matriculation.

Candidates interested in knowing more about any of the above language qualifications had better directly apply to: