Language requirements

Language requirements for students enrolling in bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in the AY 2017/2018.

Bachelor's Degree Programmes

All students enrolling in a Bachelor's degree programme at Ca’ Foscari are required to have certified English proficiency at level B1 or above. If you do not have supporting certification or if you fail to pass the CLA language test, you will be required to meet Additional Language Requirements in English (OFA): this requirement must met by 30 September of the year after enrolment; after this date, you will no longer be allowed to take any further exams until you have done so.
Students enrolling in subsequent years of a Bachelor's degree programme – inter-university transfer, intra- or inter-faculty transfer, or enrolment with credit recognition – must meet Additional Learning Requirements at the time of their enrolment: they will not be allowed to take any exams until they have met these requirements nor may they participate in the eligibility tests organized for freshers.
For programmes taught entirely in English, certificated understanding of English language at at least level B2 is required as an admission requirement: possession of this can also be acquired after matriculation but before and not after 31st December 2017. After this date, students cannot take any exam until fulfilling this required understanding.

Meeting your Language Requirements

Procedures vary depending on the level and on the moment of fulfilment.

Before matriculation - B1 e B2

You can choose from the following options:

  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage;
  • Provide evidence that you belong to one of the exemption categories listed below;
  • Attend one of the fee-paying classroom courses held during the normal CLA calendar: at the end of the course you will take a test to check your proficiency;
  • Take a fee-paying language test at the CLA centre (Level B1 English Additional Learning Requirements or CLA B2 for degree programmes or courses taught entirely in English) according to the procedure laid down in the relevant webpages. Results will be published online and if you are enrolling on a degree course your administrative profile will be updated after matriculation.

Certificates obtained at the end of CLA courses or external certification must be uploaded in electronic format when completing your enrolment application.  The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Levels B 1.2, B 2.2 and above.

After matriculation - B1

You can choose from the following options:

  • Attend classroom courses (subject to availability of places) held during the normal CLA calendar; at the end of the course you will take a test to check your proficiency (equivalent to Level B1);
  • Take the Level B1 English test, free of charge, up to three times during your first year of enrolment – this does not apply to students enrolling in subsequent years who must meet Additional Learning requirements at the time of enrolment): after taking the test three times or after the deadline for passing the test, you will be required to obtain a certificate;
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage.

External certificates must be submitted to the Student Administration Unit for recognition; in the case of certificates obtained at the CLA your administrative profile will be updated automatically. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Levels B 1.2 and above.

After matriculation - B2

Students can:

  • take a fee-paying specific level test;
  • obtain a certificate at an official certification agency or a qualifying examination at CLA or another linguistic university training center included in the list seen in the Recognised Certifications section of this webpage.

For recognition, the certifications obtained externally will be sent to the Student Administration Unit: certifications should attest the verification of all four abilities; in cases of certificates achieved at CLA, the career will automatically be updated. If certifications or achievements on a partial level are provided, only the ones relative to achieving level B2.2 will be considered valid.

Students can:

  • take a specific level test: the results will be published soon;
  • obtain a certificate at an official certification agency or a qualifying examination at CLA or another linguistic university training center included in the list seen in the Recognised Certifications section of this webpage.

For recognition, the certifications obtained externally will be sent to the Student Administration Unit: certifications should attest the verification of all four abilities; in cases of certificates achieved at CLA, the career will automatically be updated. If certifications or achievements on a partial level are provided, only the ones relative to achieving level B2.2 will be considered valid

Preparing for your test

The University offers a variety of online and/or classroom courses to support you in your preparation for the English test: access procedures, dates and further information can be found online on the CLA website on the page dedicated to support courses for Level B1 English – Additional Learning Requirements and CLA B2.

Exemption

Ca' Foscari recognizes a series of English language certificates that entitle you to exemption from the language proficiency test that must be passed in order to enrol on Bachelor's degree programmes: the list can be consulted in the recognized Certificate section in this webpage. All certificates will be considered valid regardless of the certificate date.

You can be exempted from the language test if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You attended and completed higher education studies or at least one year of college in a country in which English is the medium of instruction;
  • You acquired a qualification (high school diploma or university qualification) in Italy or abroad at the conclusion of a period of studies taught entirely in English;
  • You have one of the following qualifications:

    • A degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/1999 in Foreign Languages and Literature, Modern Languages and Literature, Translation, for interpreters, translation and interpretation with regard to English only following a degree course lasting at least three years;
    • A degree obtained under D.M. 509/1999 in Class 11 Languages and modern cultures or Class 3 in Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course;
    • A degree obtained under D.M. 270/2004 in Class L-11 Modern Languages and Cultures or Class L-12 Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course;
    • A degree other than the above with a study course with English language courses worth at least 20 credits.

  • You passed a university language exam in the L-LIN11 or L-LIN 12 sectors: in this case you will need to submit a syllabus explicitly stating the level attained.

To obtain exemption, you must upload your certification in electronic format when completing your enrolment application.

Master's Degree Programmes

All students enrolling in a master’s degree programme at Ca' Foscari are required to have certified English proficiency at Level B2 or verification of understanding, depending on the degree programme, it is required at the moment of matriculation, by 31st December 2017 or before obtaining the degree. To find out which category your chosen degree programme falls into (English proficiency at time of enrolment or afterwards) check the webpage of the master’s degree programme concerned.

Meeting your Language Requirements

Prior to matriculation, you can choose from the following options:

  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage;
  • Provide evidence that you belong to one of the exemption categories listed below;
  • Attend one of the fee-paying classroom courses held during the normal CLA calendar: at the end of the course you will take a test showing that you have attained Level B2;
  • Take a fee-paying language test at the CLA centre according to the procedures laid down in the relevant webpage.

Certificates obtained at the conclusion of the CLA courses or external certification must be uploaded in electronic format when completing your enrolment application. Certificates must attest to the verification of all four abilities. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Level B 2.2 and above.

After matriculation, you can choose from the following options (applies to some degree programmes only):

  • Take the fee-paying Level B2 English test at the CLA centre;
  • Attend classroom courses (subject to availability of places) held during the normal CLA calendar; these courses are free of charge the first time around and subsequently fee-paying (fees laid down by CLA); at the end of the course you will take a test to check your proficiency (equivalent to Level B2);
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage.

External certificates must be submitted to the Student Administration Unit for recognition; in the case of certificates obtained at the CLA your administrative profile will be updated automatically. Certificates must attest to the verification of all four abilities. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Level B 2.2 or above.

Preparing for your Test

The University offers a variety of online and/or classroom courses to support you in your preparation for the English test: access procedures, dates and further information can be found online on the CLA website on the page dedicated to support courses for CLA B2.

Exemption

Ca' Foscari recognizes a series of English language certificates that entitle you to exemption from the language proficiency test that must be passed in order to enrol on Master's degree programmes: the list can be consulted in the recognized Certificate section in this webpage. All certificates will be considered valid regardless of the certificate date.

You can be exempted from the language test if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You attended and completed higher education studies or at least one year of college in a country in which English is the medium of instruction;
  • You acquired a qualification (high school diploma or university qualification) in Italy or abroad at the conclusion of a period of studies taught entirely in English;
  • You have one of the following qualifications:

    • A degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/1999 in Foreign Languages and Literature, Modern Languages and Literature, Translation, for interpreters, translation and interpretation with regard to English only following a degree course lasting at least three years;
    • A degree obtained under D.M. 509/1999 in Class 11 Languages and modern cultures or Class 3 in Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course;
    • A degree obtained under D.M. 270/2004 in Class L-11 Modern Languages and Cultures or Class L-12 Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course;
    • A degree other than the above with a study course with English language courses worth at least 20 credits.

  • You passed a university language exam in the L-LIN11 or L-LIN 12 sectors: in this case you will need to submit a syllabus explicitly stating the level attained.

To obtain exemption, you must upload your certification in electronic format when completing your enrolment application.

Students who matriculated prior to A.Y. 2012/2013

Students who matriculated prior to AY 2012/2013 may meet their Level B1 English requirements at any time provided that they do so prior to obtaining their final qualification. However this does not apply to students enrolled in degree programmes in the language area who are obliged to meet these requirements by the end of their first year of enrolment.

You can meet language requirements in any of the following ways:

  • From the May 2015 session onwards, you may take the computerized Level B1 English test free of charge at the CLA centre (maximum three attempts);
  • Replace the Level B1 language learning requirement in your study plan with the CLA B2 requirement. See section B2 for previously enrolled students on this webpage;
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage.

Updating your administrative Profile

Certificates issued by an external certification body must be submitted to the Student Administration Unit; in the case of certificates obtained at the CLA your administrative profile will be updated automatically. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Levels B 1.2 and above.

Students who matriculated from A.Y. 2013/2014 to A.Y. 2015/2016

Students who matriculated from AY 2013/2014 to AY 2015/2016 and are not exempted from B1 English Language Requirements can take the Level B1 English language test, up to three times during the course of their first year and in any case by 30 September of the year following enrolment: if you have failed to meet your Additional Learning Requirements by this date you will not be allowed to take any further exams.

Meeting your Language Requirements

To meet your language requirements you can choose from the following options:

  • Attend classroom courses (subject to availability of places) held during the normal CLA calendar; at the end of the course you will take a test to check your proficiency (equivalent to Level B1);
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage.

Updating your administrative Profile

Certificates issued by an external certification body must be submitted to the Student Administration Unit; in the case of certificates obtained at the CLA your administrative profile will be updated automatically. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Levels B 1.2 and above.

Students who matriculated in A.Y. 2016/2017

Students who matriculated in AY 2016/2017 and are not exempted from B1 English Language Requirements can take the Level B1 English language test, up to three times during the course of their first year and in any case by 30 September 2017: if you have failed to meet your Additional Learning Requirements by this date you will not be allowed to take any further exams

In order to take the B1 English test at the CLA centre you must sign up for the exam session first.

Meeting your Language Requirements

To meet your language requirements you can choose from the following options:

  • Attend classroom courses (subject to availability of places) held during the normal CLA calendar; at the end of the course you will take a test to check your proficiency (equivalent to Level B1);
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage.

Updating your administrative Profile

Certificates issued by an external certification body must be submitted to the Student Administration Unit; in the case of certificates obtained at the CLA your administrative profile will be updated automatically. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Levels B 1.2 and above.

The information present in this section is dedicated to passing the CLA level B2 exam by those enrolled into degree programmes: processes of ascertaining linguistic knowledge at level B2 required from students enrolled in degree programmes in English and from students enrolled in Master’s Degree programmes, is indicated in the relevant section.

Students who matriculated from A.Y. 2013/2014 onwards

From the A.Y. 2013/2014 onwards, all students enrolling on a Bachelor's degree programme must have passed their B2 level English language test before taking their degree.

To prepare for your B2 level English language test you choose either or both of the following options:

  • Access suggested learning materials on the CLA website;
  • Attend intensive classroom courses (subject to availability of places) organized by the CLA centre: these courses are free of charge the first time around and subsequently fee-paying.

Students who matriculated in AY 2013/2014 or in AY 2014/2015 will be exempted from taking the B2 English language test provided that they have:

  • passed either the English Language 1 or Anglo-American Language 1 exam (12 ECTS): in this case you will automatically be exempted from taking the test two weeks after the exam has been registered. If the waiver fails to appear, you should send an email to the student administration unit at  carriere.studenti@unive.it;
  • certification at Level B2 or above listed in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage: in this case you should submit your certification to the Student Administration Unit (Bachelor's and Master's degrees) which will register your exemption from taking the test.

Meeting your Language Requirements

To meet your B2 English language requirements, you can choose from the following options:

  • Take the B2 English language test, free of charge, up to three times during your studies;
  • Obtain certification from an officially recognized certifying body or a certificate from the CLA centre or from a university language school on the list in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage. The only intermediate level certification accepted is certification for proficiency at Level B2.2 and above.

Students who matriculated prior to A.Y. 2013/2014

Students who matriculated prior to A.Y. 2013/2014 are not required to include the B2 English language requirements in their study plan and may choose between the following:

  • To maintain their current B1 language test (the test may be taken free of charge up to three times during their studies);
  • Include the B2 English language test in their study plan as an alternative to their eventual B1 English language test or as an elective test to obtain additional ECTS in view of their future enrolment on a master’s degree programme.

English as a vehicular language

Students who enrolled in a degree programme in the language area prior to AY 2013/2014 must include the Further Language Skills (Vehicular English) exam in their study plans. This exam may be taken by following the same procedures laid down for B2 English language test. The English as a vehicular language exam does not replace the B1 English test and may only be taken after the student has passed the B1 test.

The following students are exempted from taking the English as a vehicular language exam provided that they have:

  • passed either the English Language 1 or Anglo-American Language 1 exam (12 ECTS): in this case you will automatically be exempted from taking the test two weeks after the exam has been recorded. If the waiver fails to appear, you should send an email to the student administration unit at  carriere.studenti@unive.it;
  • certification at Level B2 or above listed in the Recognized Certification section on this webpage: in this case you should submit your certification to the Student Administration Unit (Bachelor's and Master's degrees) which will register your exemption from taking the test.

English Language

Language knowledge levels refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

ACELS Ireland

B1

TIE Test of Interactive English 
B1 o B1+

B2

TIE Test of Interactive English 
B2

C1

TIE Test of Interactive English 
C1

AIM Awards

B1

AIM Awards Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (Anglia Intermediate)

B2

AIM Awards Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Advanced)

C1

AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Proficiency)

C2

AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Mastery)

British Institutes

B1

B1 threshold: English Diploma threshold;
English Diploma strong threshold

B2

B2 vantage: First examination
Master in English Language

C1

C1 proficiency: English Diploma Operational

C2

C2 mastery: Master in English Language

Cambridge English Language Assessment - (Cambridge ESOL Examinations)

B1

PET: Preliminary English Test
PET for Schools

BEC: Business English Certificate
Preliminary

BULATS: Business Language Testing Service
Intermediate
40 - 59

B2

FCE: First Certificate in English
FCE for Schools

BEC: Business English Certificate
Vantage

BULATS: Business Language Testing Service
Upper Intermediate (Only if the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking modules are verified)
60 - 74

C1

CAE: Certificate in Advanced English

BEC: Business English Certificate
Higher

BULATS: Business Language Testing Service
Advanced (Only if the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking modules are verified)
75 - 89

CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

C2

CPE: Certificate of  Proficiency in English

BULATS: Business Language Testing Service
Upper Advanced (Only if the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking modules are verified)
90 - 100

City & Guilds (Pitman)

B1

ESOL
Achiever

B2

ESOL
Communicator

C1

ESOL
Expert

C2

ESOL
Mastery

ETS - TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

B1

iBT: internet-Based Test
42 - 71

PBT: Paper-Based Test
457 - 503

B2

iBT: internet-Based Test
72 - 94

PBT: Paper-Based Test
507 - 557

C1

iBT: internet-Based Test
94 - 120

PBT: Paper-Based Test
560 - 617

C2

PBT: Paper-Based Test
620 - 677

ETS - TOEIC Test of English for International Communication

B1

Listening 275-399;
Reading 275-384;
Speaking 120-159;
Writing 120-149.

B2

Listening 400-489;
Reading 385-454
Speaking 160-199;
Writing 150-199.

C1

Listening 490;
Reading 455
Speaking 200;
Writing 200.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

B1

Mark: 4.0 - 5.0

B2

Mark: 5.5 - 6.5

C1

Mark: 7.0 - 8.0

C2

Mark: 9.0

LCCI International Qualifications - EDI

B1

JETSET 
Level 4

English for Business
Level 2

ELSA 
Intermediate High 
325 - 382

Advanced High 
383 - 412

B2

JETSET 
Level 5

English for Business
Level 3

ELSA 
Advanced High
413 - 441

C1

JETSET 
Level 6

English for Business
Level 4

ELSA 
Superior 
442 - 457

C2

JETSET 
Level 7

ELSA 458 - 500

Learning Resource Network - LRN

B1

LRN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level B1

B2

LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level B2

C1

LRN Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level C1

C2

LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level C2

Oxford School English Test OXSET Exam

B1

OXSET B1

B2

OXSET B2

C1

OXSET C1

Oxford University Press Oxford Test of English B

B1

mark 81-110

B2

mark 111-140

Pearson Tests of English

B1

PTE General
Level 2

PTE Academic
43 - 58

B2

PTE General
Level 3

PTE Academic
59 - 75

C1

PTE General
Level 4

PTE Academic
76 - 84

C2

PTE General
Level 5

PTE Academic
85

Trinity College London

B1

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English 
ISE I

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English
Grades 6 - 7

B2

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English
ISE II
ISE II Ca’ Foscari

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English 
Grades 8 - 10

C1

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English
ISE III
ISE III Ca’ Foscari

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English 
Grade 11

C2

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English IV
ISE IV

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English 
Grade 12

Other Certifications recognized

University Language Centre (C.L.A.) Ca' Foscari University of Venice

B1

Level B1.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

B2

Level B2.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C1

Level C1.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C2

Level C2.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

Other universities

B1

Level B1.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

B2

Level B2.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C1

Level C1.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C2

Level C2.2
"Linguistic Certificate";
"Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

Tandem Project of the University of Verona

B1

English Language B1
4 ECTS

Password Academic

B1

Pass


Italian Language