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 in order 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.

The entry test for the courses held in the first semester of the a.y. 2020-2021 will be held remotely on 1st, 2nd and 5th October 2020. In order to register for the entry test students are requested to fill in the registration form.

Entry level test

You can register for the entry test (or, alternatively, for the basic level courses) by filling in this online form by 29th September 2020.

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Courses

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

A1 from C1 60-hour courses are held each semester.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All courses of the first semester, a.y. 2020-2021, will be held online 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.

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 complete 1st semester course calendar is available below. The courses are held online from 12th October 2020 to 15th January 2021 with three lessons per week from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The courses reserved to IMS students take place from 29th October 2020 to 28th January 2021.

 

The end of course tests are taking place in January 2021. The test dates will be published on this website in due time.

Degree programmes

Starting from a.y. 2019/2020, SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre organises Italian language tests and courses for international students admitted to the Master’s Degrees in Archaeology, Music, Theatre and Film and History and Criticism of Art. The Italian language test is compulsory for every student admitted - apart from some cases of exemption you can find out more about at the link below. Students who do not attain B2 level at the test must attend a compulsory course organised by SLAM and attain a B2 level to be allowed to ask for the permission to start writing their dissertation and get their degree.

For further information concerning test dates and cases of exemption, please look up on the dedicated website.

In order to be admitted to the Master's degree course in International relations (REL) and attend the curriculum taught in Italian, international applicants must prove their Italian language knowledge at level B2 or above by passing the Placement Test organized by the SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre at the beginning of the academic year.

International students of REL attending the curriculum taught in English can choose to get 3 out of the 9 credits related to additional language proficiency via the "Additional language skills: Italian" assessment. In order to get these 3 credits, students must prove their Italian language knowledge at level A2 or above by passing the relevant test; alternatively, they can attend one of the A2 level courses organized by SLAM and pass the end of course test.

For more info, please write to relint@unimi.it.

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 A2 level or above; alternatively, they can attend one of the A2 level courses organized by the SLAM and pass the end of course 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 held in December; 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.