Placement tests, Entry 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.

Please note that English levels assessed through the INVALSI test, although indicative, are not equivalent to a language certificate, therefore students enrolled in the first year of their degree programme are not exempt from taking the Placement Test.

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
Science and technology 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
 

Management delle organizzazioni e del lavoro

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

OFA B2

Medicine

Medicine and Surgery - Policlinico Hospital Location

OFA B2

 

Medicine and Surgery - Sacco Hospital Location

OFA B2

 

Medicine and Surgery - San Paolo Hospital Location

OFA B2

 

Dental Medicine

OFA B2

 

Management of Health Systems and Organisations

 

Entry test B1 and course 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 Medicine

OFA B1 and course B2

 

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

Entry test B1; end of course B2

 

Physics

Entry test B1; end of course B2

 

Industrial Chemistry

Entry test B1; end of course B2

 

Computer Science - master

Pt B2

 

Molecular Biology of the cell

Pt B2

 

Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Pt B2

 

Chemistry

Pt B2

 

Earth Sciences

Pt B2

 

Cultural heritage conservation science

Pt B2

 

Informatics Security

Pt B2

Political, Economic and Social Sciences

International relations

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

Law and Sustainable development

School of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication

Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication

Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation

Medicine

Biomedical omics

International medical school

Medical biotecnology and molecular medicine

Cognitive Sciences and Decisional Processes

Agricultural and Food Sciences

Enviromental and food economics

Green Areas and Landscape Design

Viticulture and Enology Sciences

Science and Technology

Bioinformatics for computational genomics

Environmental change and global sustainability

Mathematics

Plant science

Quantitative biology

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

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

Humanities

Publishing and Communication, Fashion Cultures

Modern Humanities

European and extraeuropean languages and literatures

Foreign Languages and Literature

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 programme 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.

English Entry Test B1 and B2 for master’s degree programmes – from a. y. 2020/2021

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.