Placement tests and English courses

Language certificates recognised by the University of Milan

Those who enrol for the first time in bachelor’s degree programmes at the University of Milan can certify their English by presenting certification that is recognized by the University at a level that is equal to or higher than the language level than the language requirements of the chosen degree programme.

The certificate must have been attained within 3 years of the day of presentation (2 years for TOEFL) and it must include 4 language skills:  Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. 

Language certificates must be uploaded during the enrolment process or sent in through the Infostudenti website by selecting the category "SLAM".

B2 or higher level certificates in the list below are entry requirements for PhD programmes.

CEFR levels required by the degree courses

CEFR levels required to be exempt from the placement test and language courses are B1 for Bachelor's degree and B2 for Master's degree.

However, for some master's degree courses, students have to take an entry test and not a placement test; in this case, the required levels are B1 or B2.

For more information, please check the education page 

 

Law Sciences of Legal Services Pt B1
Agricultural and Food Sciences, Pharmacy, Science and Technology, Veterinary Medicine. Biotechnology Pt B1
Medicine Health Assistance Pt B1
  Medical biotechnology Pt B2
  Dietetics Pt B1
  Professional Education Pt B1
  Physiotherapy Pt B1
  Dental medicine Pt B1
  Nursing Pt B1
  Pediatric nursing Pt B1
  Speech and Language Therapy Pt B1
  Orthoptic and Ophtalmologic Assistance Pt B1
  Midwifery Pt B1
  Podiatry Pt B1
  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Techniques Pt B1
  Audiometric Techniques Pt B1
  Audioprothesic Techniques Pt B1
  Environment and Workplace Prevention Techniques Pt B1
  Cardiocirculatory and Cardiovascular Perfusion Techniques Pt B1
  Neurophysiopathology Techniques Pt B1
  Imaging and Radiotherapy Techniques Pt B1
  Orthopaedics Techniques Pt B1
  Biomedical Laboratory Techniques Pt B1
  Childhood neuro and psycomotricity Pt B1
  Occupational Therapy Pt B1
Veterinary Medicine Animal Husbandry and Welfare Pt B1
  Animal Production Pt B1
Agricultural and Food Sciences Agricultural Technology for the Environment

Pt B1

  Management of Cultivated Plants and Landscaping Pt B1
  Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Pt B1
  Food science and technology Pt B1
  Food Service Science and Management Pt B1
  Improvement and Protection of Mountain Environments Pt B1
  Viticulture and Enology Pt B1
Pharmacy Chemical safety and Toxicological Environmental Sciences Pt B1
  Herbal Sciences and Technologies Pt B1
Scienze e tecnologie Chemistry Pt B1
  Industrial Chemistry Pt B1
  Physics Pt B1
  Computer Science Pt B1
  Computer Science for New Media Comunications Pt B1
  Music Information Science Pt B1
  Mathematics Pt B1
  Natural Sciences Pt B1
  Biological Sciences Pt B1
  Environmental Science and Policy Pt B1
  Geological Sciences Pt B1
  Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media Pt B1
  Computer Systems and Networks Security Pt B1
  Computer Systems and Networks Security - online Pt B1
Exercise and Sports Sciences Exercise, Sport and Health Sciences Pt B1
Political, Economic and Social Sciences Communication and Society Pt B1
  Economics and Management Pt B1
  International Politics, Law and Economics (IPLE) Pt B2
  Public Sector and Healthcare Management Pt B1
  Labour and Management (LAM) Pt B1
  International Studies and European Institutions (SIE) Pt B2
  Political Sciences (SPO) Pt B2
  Social Sciences for Globalisation Pt B2
Humanities Philosophy Pt B1
  Humanities Pt B1
  Science of Cultural Property Pt B1
  Human Science of Enviroment, Landscape and Territory Pt B1
 
Liberal Studies In Communication
Pt B1
  History Pt B1

 

Law Law Pt B2
Medicine Medicine and Surgery - Policlinico Hospital Location Pt B2
  Medicine and Surgery - Sacco Hospital Location Pt B2
  Medicine and Surgery - San Paolo Hospital Location Pt B2
  Dental Medicine Pt B2
  Nursing and Midwifery Sciences Pt B1
  Health Professions of Prevention Sciences Pt B1
  Health Professions of Technical Sciences (diagnostic) Pt B1
  Health Professions of Rehabilitation Sciences Pt B1
  Health Professions of Technical Sciences (assistential) Pt B1
Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences Pt B2
  Animal Husbandry Sciences and Technologies Pt B2
Agricultural and Food Sciences Human Nutrition and Food Science Entry test B1; end of course B2
 

Biotechnology for the bioeconomy

Entry test B2
  Agricultural Sciences Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Agro-environmental Sciences Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Crops and Plant Sciences Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Food science and technology Pt B2
Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Entry test B2
  Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology Pt B2
  Pharmacy Pt B2
Science and Technology Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology Pt B2
  Biology Applied to Research in Biomedicine Pt B2
  Applied Biology in Nutritional Sciences Pt B2
  Biogeosciences: analysis of ecosystem and science communication Pt B2
  Physics Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Industrial Chemistry Pt B2
  Computer Science - master Pt B2
  Molecular Biology of the cell Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Plant science Entry test B2
  Chemistry Pt B2
  Earth Sciences Pt B2
  Cultural heritage conservation science Pt B2
  Informatics Security Pt B2
Political, Economic and Social Sciences Relazioni internazionali Entry test B2
Humanities Archaeology Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity Entry test B1; end of course B2
  Music, Theatre and Film Entry test B1; end of course B2
  History and Criticism of Art Entry test B1; end of course B2

 

For these degree programmes, the english proficiency test is organised by their own degree course

Law

Sustainable development

School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication

Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication*  2020/2021

Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation (LIN)

Medicine

International medical school

Medical biotecnology and molecular medicine

Cognitive Sciences and Decisional Processes (SCO)

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences

Agricultural and Food Sciences

Enviromental and food economics

Green Areas and Landscape Design

Viticulture and Enology Sciences

Science and Technology

Bioinformatics for computational genomics

Mathematics

Exercise and Sports Science

Exercise Science for Healthy Life

Individual and Team Sport Science

Pharmacy

Safety assessment of xenobiotics and biotechnological products

Political, Economic and Social Sciences

Administration and Public Policy (APP)

Public and Corporate Communication

Data science and economics

Economics and political science

Finance and economics

Global politics and society

Management of human resources and labour studies

Management of innovation and entrepreneurship

Politics, philosophy and pubblic affairs

Political Science and Government (GOV)

Humanities

Publishing and Communication, Fashion Cultures 2020/2021

Modern Humanities 2020/2021

European and extraeuropean languages and literatures

Foreign Languages and Literature*  2020/2021

Philosophical Sciences

Historical Studies

Placement test in English

Students enrolled in the first year of a bachelor's degree, master's degree or single-cycle master's degree programme, without a valid language certificate, must take the Placement Test. You must take the test:

  • between October and December if you are enrolled in a bachelor's degree programme (last PT session: December 19th)
  • between November and December if you are enrolled in a Healthcare-related bachelor's degree programme (last PT session: December 19th)
  • between October and March if you are enrolled in a master's degree last PT session: March 10th)
  • between October and January if you are enrolled in a single-cycle master's degree programme (last PT session: January 30th)
  • between December and March if you are enrolled in a master's degree programme in the area of Medicine (last PT session: March 10th)
  • between December and January if you are enrolled in a single-cycle master's degree programme in the area of Medicine (last PT session: January 30th).

Some degree programmes include an English entry test, which follows different rules from the Placement test. Other courses still do not require a placement test: to be certain of that, it is always necessary to check the access requirements of your programme.

Important notice
Students who do not take the Placement Test within the deadline cannot take the test in the following years and will have to obtain a language certificate.

 

About the Placement test

The placement test is computer-based and it is adaptive. The test takes 60 minutes to complete and it consists of two parts:

  • Use of English 
  • Listening
Changing degree coruse or Withdrawing from studies

Students can take the Placement test only once: the CEFR level attained is valid for three years regardless of the degree course.

For this reason, students who have already taken the Placement test provided by SLAM will not be able to take it again. In case of withdrawal or internal transfer they have to contact SLAM through Infostudenti Service.

If the level attained is valid for the new degree programme, the result will be transferred to the new carreer. If not, students will have to attend an English course provided by SLAM.

 

Students with disabilities or SLDs

Students with disabilities or with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) must contact SLAM through Infostudenti Service in order to receive special arrangements and support for the exam (students with disabilities: 50% of extra time; students with SLDs 30%).

English courses and end of course tests

English courses, taught by mother-tongue or fluent English language trainers and it consists of 40/80 hours of in-person learning and exercises and 40/80 hours of self-study.

End of course tests: When and where
English courses take place in the second semester/trimester and are based on the level of proficiency achieved on the placement test. In-person learning will be held where degree programme lessons are scheduled.

English courses attendance is compulsory
At least 75% of attendance of in-person lessons (+ 75% of the exercise on the online platform) is required to be admitted to the end of course test sessions

Taking the end of course test in one of the first two sessions is compulsory.

How many times can I take the test?

  • Students can take the end of course test up to six times within their academic career

Students who do not sit one of the first two mandatory sessions can access sessions. Therefore, they must obtain an international language certificate to absolve the OFA or to receive language assessment credits, according to their study plan.

How does it work?

Those who pass the end of course test and attain the level required by the chosen degree programme absolve (OFA). Moreover, students may obtain language assessment credits, depending on the requirements stated by the chosen degree programme.

Test di ingresso B 1 e B2 per corsi di laurea magistrale - dall'a. a. 2020/2021

Per alcuni corsi di laurea magistrale è requisito di ingresso la conoscenza della lingua inglese di livello B1 o B2 del Quadro Comune Europeo di Riferimento per le lingue (QCER). Il livello è definito dal corso di laurea ed indicato nei requisiti di accesso dei singoli Manifesti di Studio.

Il livello B1 o B2 è verificato dal Centro Linguistico d’Ateneo SLAM durante la fase di ammissione nei seguenti modi: 


- certificazione linguistica conseguita non oltre i 3 anni, di livello B1 o B2 o superiore, riconosciuta dall'Ateneo. La certificazione deve essere caricata durante la procedura di ammissione. In caso di certificazione scaduta o non valida il candidato è convocato ad un test di ingresso tramite la procedura di ammissione;


- livello di inglese attestato durante un corso di laurea triennale dell'Ateneo attraverso il percorso SLAM. Sono considerati validi i livelli B1 o B2 attestati da meno di quattro anni. La verifica avviene d’ufficio senza alcuna necessità di allegare attestati durante la di fase di ammissione. In caso di livello scaduto o non valido, il candidato è convocato al test di ingresso tramite la procedura di ammissione;


- test di ingresso B1 o B2, erogato da SLAM in una data prestabilita e unica, indicata all'interno del Manifesto degli Studi. In caso di non superamento del test di ingresso, il candidato non è ammesso al corso di laurea magistrale. Nel caso in cui il corso di laurea magistrale preveda più di una data di test di ingresso, il candidato è convocato ad una e una sola data.

Placement test e corsi di inglese

Per i corsi di laurea magistrale che prevedono un livello di ingresso il B1 ma anche un accertamento di inglese di livello B2, gli studenti ammessi con livello B1 possono iscriversi al Placement test per tentare il raggiungimento del livello B2 entro le scadenze previste.

Se raggiungono il livello B2, riceveranno i crediti previsti dal piano di studi, senza dover frequentare alcun corso di inglese. Se il livello attestato è nuovamente il B1, sono inseriti in un corso di inglese di livello B2 nel secondo semestre; se il livello attestato risulta inferiore al B1, rimane valido il livello B1 del test id ingresso e sono inseriti in un corso di inglese di livello B2 nel secondo semestre.

Se decidono di non sostenere il Placement test, sono inseriti in un corso di inglese di livello B2 nel secondo semestre.