Italian language for foreigners tests and courses

SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre organises Italian language courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced users. International users who are entitled to have access to these courses are enrolled students, Erasmus+ incoming students, PhD students and visiting professors at the University of Milan.

 

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Entry level test

In order to register for Italian courses, students must sit an entry test to check their entry level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Entry level tests can be sat twice a year:  in the first semester (September/October) and in the second semester (February/March). Students who do not have any Italian language knowledge can directly sign up for basic level courses without taking the test, whereas those students who already have an Italian language certificate can access the course to reach the next level.

The entry test for the courses held in the first semester of a.y. 2021-2022 is being held on 1st, 5th and 7th October 2021 at CertLab, via G. Colombo 46, Rooms 700 and 701. In order to register for the entry test - or for the basic level course for beginners - students are requested to fill in the registration form in the blue box on the right.

Entry level test

You can register for the entry test (or, alternatively, for the basic level courses) by filling in this online form by 28th September 2021.

Language certificates accepted by the University of Milan
Courses

According to the level attained at the Entry level test, students will be enrolled in the most suitable course.

A1 from C2 60-hour courses are held each semester.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All courses of the first semester, a.y. 2021-2022, will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Students who attend at least 66% of classes are entitled to sit the end-of-course test and receive a language level statement and/or a statement of course completion. Erasmus+ incoming students who will have reached a level equal to or higher than A2, either at the Placement test or at the end-of-course test, will be given 3 credits. 

Students enrolled in the International Medical School (IMS) have access to dedicated 80-hour annual courses to attain A1/A2, B1 and B2 levels.

Contacts

Further information:

italian.courses@unimi.it

Calendar and Information

The 1st semester course calendar is available below. The courses are held remotely from 18th October 2021 to 21st January 2022 with three classes per week.

 

The 1st semester end-of-course tests will take place on 1st, 3rd and 4th February 2022 at CertLab, via G. Colombo 46, Room 700. All relevant information will be sent via email to the attending students. A minimum attendance of 66% of classes is required to be admitted to the end-of-course test.

Degree programmes

Starting from a.y. 2019/2020, SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre has been organising Italian language tests and courses for international students admitted to the Master’s Degree courses in Archaeology, Music, Theatre and Film Sciences, and History and Criticism of Art.

For their Italian language proficiency level to be assessed, Archaeology and History and Criticism of Art international students who hold a language certificate at the B1 level at the least, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages, have to submit it during their application online. Those who do not hold a certificate, by contrast, must sit the Italian language level test organised by the SLAM Centre. The test for students enrolled in a.y. 2021/2022 is taking place in January 2022.

Music, Theatre and Film Sciences students who earned their Bachelors' degree abroad or who do not hold a language certificate at the B1 level at the least, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages, must sit the entry test organised by the SLAM Centre. The Italian language test to be admitted to a.y. 2021/2022 is taking place on 14 July at 4 p.m. and on 7 September at 4 p.m..

You are exempt from taking the Italian language entry test if:

-you hold a language certificate at the B1 level at the least, which you submitted during the application procedure;

or

-you already have the B2 level requirements, as specified below.

 

In order to graduate, all students must attain the B2 Italian language proficiency level. Those students who will not prove to have the B2 level at the least will have to attend a B2 level Italian language for foreigners Laboratory and pass the relevant end-of-course test; having passed the test, they will be entitled to submit their thesis request and finish their studies.

 

You do not have to prove your Italian language proficiency level at the test if you meet one of the following requirements:

-you are of Italian nationality and got your Bachelor's degree abroad;

-you hold an Italian secondary school diploma, including those issued by Italian schools abroad after 4-5 years of study;

-you hold a Degree earned abroad at a degree course mainly lectured in Italian;

-you hold a language certificate at the B2 level at the least, submitted during the application procedure.

 

 

International students enrolled in International Politics, Law and Economics (IPLE) can get 3 credits for the "Additional language skills: Italian" language assessment. Students can prove their Italian language knowledge by passing the relevant test at A2 level or above; alternatively, they can attend one of the A2 level courses organized by SLAM and pass the end-of-course test.

International students enrolled in Economics and Political Science (EPS) can choose to get 3 credits for the "Additional language skills: Italian" language assessment. Students can prove their Italian language knowledge by passing the relevant test at B1 level or above; alternatively, they can attend one of the B1 level courses organized by the SLAM and pass the end-of -ourse test.

International students enrolled in Management of Human Resources (MHR) can choose to get 3 credits for the "Additional language skills: Italian" language assessment. Students can prove their Italian language knowledge by passing the relevant test at B2 level or above; alternatively, they can attend one of the B2 level courses organized by the SLAM and pass the end-of -ourse test.

International students enrolled in Biomedical Omics must get 3 credits for the "Additional language skills: Italian" language assessment. Students can prove their Italian language knowledge by passing the relevant test at A2 level or above held at the beginning of the second year; if they do not reach the A2 level, they must attend an A2 level course organized by the SLAM and pass the end-of-course test.

 

International students enrolled in Law and Sustainable Development must get 3 credits for the "Additional language skills: Italian" language assessment. Students can prove their Italian language knowledge by passing the relevant test at A2 level or above; if they do not reach the A2 level, they must attend an A2 level course during the 2nd semester organized by the SLAM and pass the end-of-course test.

Starting from a.y. 2021/22, proficiency in Italian at a B1 level or higher, under to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission, regarding non Italian-speaking candidates.

The B1 level requirement will be ascertained by SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre upon admission as follows:

- By a language certificate at or above B1, earned for no more than 3 years at the time of submission. Certificates must be uploaded when submitting the online application;

- By the entry test, which will be run by SLAM at 9.30 a.m. on September 24th 2021. All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be summoned to take the test through the admission procedure.

Candidates who do not sit or pass the entry test will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and cannot sit further tests.