Placement tests, Entry tests and English courses
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 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|
|Professional Education||Pt B1|
|Dental medicine||Pt B1|
|Pediatric nursing||Pt B1|
|Speech and Language Therapy||Pt B1|
|Orthoptic and Ophtalmologic Assistance||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||
|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|
|Computer Science||Pt B1|
|Computer Science for New Media Comunications||Pt B1|
|Music Information Science||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|
|Science of Cultural Property||Pt B1|
|Human Science of Enviroment, Landscape and Territory||Pt B1|
Liberal Studies In Communication
|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|
|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|
|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|
School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication
Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication* 2020/2021
Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation (LIN)
International medical school
Medical biotecnology and molecular medicine
Cognitive Sciences and Decisional Processes (SCO)
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
Exercise and Sports Science
Exercise Science for Healthy Life
Individual and Team Sport Science
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)
Publishing and Communication, Fashion Cultures 2020/2021
Modern Humanities 2020/2021
European and extraeuropean languages and literatures
Foreign Languages and Literature* 2020/2021
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.
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.
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
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 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, 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.
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.
For some master's degree programmes, English language proficiency at level B1 or B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an admission requirement. The English language proficiency requirement is set out by the degree course and is indicated in the Program Description.
The English level B1 or B2 is assessed by the University Language Centre SLAM throughout the admission process in the following ways:
- language certificate achieved no more than three years prior to the submission, at level B1 or B2 or higher, recognized by the University. The language certificate must be uploaded during the admission process. If the language certificate is expired or not valid, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test through the admission procedure;
- Level of English assessed by SLAM during the bachelor’s degrees obtained at the University of Milan. English levels B1 and B2 achieved no more than four years previously are deemed valid. The verification is automatic with no need to attach any certificate during the application phase. If the level of English is expired or not valid, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test through the admission procedure;
- entry test B1 or B2, organised by SLAM, on the scheduled date indicated in the Program Description. Candidates who fail the entry test will not be admitted to the master’s degree programme. If the master’s degree course schedules more than one date of examination, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test on only one of the scheduled dates.
Placement Test and English Courses
If the master's degree programme requires an English proficiency entry level at B1, but language assessment credits at level B2, admitted students with a B1 level of English can take the Placement test to try to reach level B2 within the scheduled deadlines.
If they reach the B2 level, students will gain the credits assigned in their study plan and will not have to attend any English course. If the assessed level is B1, students will have to attend an English course at level B2 in the second semester; if the assessed level is below B1, students will have to attend an English course at level B2 in the second semester.
If students decide not to take the Placement Test, they will have to attend an English course at level B2 in the second semester.