The degree programme in Language, Civilisation and the Science of Language is of limited admission and expect candidates to carry out a test  that, as well as ensuring the possession of an adequate initial preparation, gives access to a list of admissions: in fact, registration is conditioned by the position of a candidate on the ranking list.

All the relevant information on how to pre-register, select and enrol will be included in the admissions call.

For NON-EU students residing outside Europe, the admission test will consist on participating in an interview with our Professors via Skype in order to verify the entry requirements and also the motivational and cultural skills acquired.


As a consequence of the ongoing need to monitor and contain the spread of the coronavirus, this year Ca’ Foscari will be administering its TOLC-E entry test – which is offered through a testing provider called CISIA – online. You can read all about it in the section dedicated to taking the TOLC-E test.

For 2020/21 Academic year, there will be 2 selection process sessions.

The admissions procedure for the first selection occurs as follows:

The admissions procedure occurs as follows:

  • taking the TOLC-SU exam and online pre-registration to Ca’ Foscari selection;
  • inclusion on the ranking list;
  • online matriculation and first payment of taxes and university contributions.

If you are a candidate with a disability or with DSA, you can make use of individualized procedures for taking the test

All the specific information on the available assistance is in the admission announcement and on the services for disabled and DSA students webpage; the request is present during the TOLC-SU registration.

Taking the TOLC-SU test

The process of taking the TOLC-SU test is as follows:

  • signing up for the test on the CISIA [ITA] website;
  • payment of the contribution to the university to the test equal to 30,00 Euros following the process indicated on the CISIA website when signing up for the TOLC-SU.

Dates and locations

You can take the TOLC-SU through any of the Italian universities making use of this testing platform. You can find a list of these institutions and the dates in which they are offering the test in the calendar of testing dates [ITA].

Ca' Foscari is offering the TOLC-SU via the TOLC@CASA – or TOLC@HOME – service. For the third of the three testing periods, the dates are as follows: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st August.

Before you register to take the TOLC@CASA, be sure to check that you can satisfy the technical requirements [ITA] for taking the test remotely and read the test regulations.

Apart from the technical requirements, you must also upload the following documents to your personal area on the CISIA website [ITA] by 10:00AM on the day before the date of your test (please note: if you are taking the test on a Monday, you must upload your documents by 10:00AM on the preceding Friday):

  • An official identity document (“Gestione prenotazioni” section);
  • Your photo (“Visualizza/modifica dati personali” section).

For additional information about registering to take the TOLC-SU, please contact the Help Desk via telephone or email.

Please note: You do not have to take the TOLC-SU through Ca’ Foscari! You can register to take the test via any of the universities offering it and your results will be used in the evaluation of your candidancy for your chosen programme(s) at Ca’ Foscari.

In order to take part in the first selection round, you need to have taken the TOLC-SU any time between January 2019 and midnight on 31st August 2020.

Pre-registering to the Ca’ Foscari selection process

Pre-registering to the Ca’ Foscari selection process will come into effect from 15th May until 12th June and allows you to be placed in the ranking of results achieved from taking the TOLC-SU test. If you have taken the test more than once, your best result will be considered.

With your Username and Password assigned to you at the end of the registration process you must access the Personal Area following this path: Secretary to Student Services - ESSE3 > Admissions test. 

Once you have concluded the pre-registration process you will receive a confirmation email to the email address stated in the registration process.

Verification and fulfillment of OFA (Additional Learning Requirements)

Admissions to the degree programme is subject to the evaluation of the initial preparation believed a student must have to profitably attend a selected degree programme.

For the degree programme in Languages, Civilisation and the Science of Language, a basic understanding of Italian language and understanding of English language at level B1, at least, are expected. Furthermore, to insert English or Anglo-American language into the study plan, understanding of English language at level B2, at least, is expected.

The admission test acts as validation for basic understanding of Italian language. In case of failure, or if you achieve a mark lower than 10 as a sum of the marks obtained from the 30 Italian language questions, you will be assigned an OFA to carry out by September 2021.

Those that have achieved one of the certificates listed on the specific web page are exempt from the obligation of verifying their understanding of English at B1.In this case, it is necessary to attach a copy of the certificate once you have been enrolled. Otherwise, you will be assigned an OFA to complete by 30th September 2021.

Students that have enrolled in a subsequent year to their first, such as in cases of transfer, internal paths or matriculation with credit recognition, should have fulfilled the OFA by the time they are enrolled: they cannot take exams until they have fulfilled them nor may they participate in the eligibility tests organized for freshers.

English or Anglo-American Language

In the case in which students choose the study of english or anglo-american studies, the possession of understanding of English language at B2 level is required.

Understanding must be certified, from the moment of matriculation, through the presentation of certificates or possible titles in possession: see the specific web page to consult the list of linguistic certificates and cases of exemption.

In the case in which the certificate is not carried out at the moment of registration, you will not be able to take exams in English and Anglo-American literature and language (SSD LIN/10, LIN/11 e LIN/12) until proof of possession of the required knowledge.

First selecion

Enrolment of candidates that have correctly completed their place acceptance for the first selection will take place from the 1st to 31st of July 2020.

The process of matriculation consists of two parts:

  • Completion of the online pre-matriculation form;
  • Payment of the first installment of the tuition fees and university taxes: The payment must be carried out using the PagoPA system, clicking on the payment button when finishing the registration procedure. This amount will be deducted from the remaining payment when accepting your place.

The contribution cannot be reimbursed in any case.

Failure to comply with the deadline specified above results in loss of the right of registration: if you encounter any problems, contact the Matriculation Sector before the deadline.

Second selection

Enrolment of successful candidates placed on the ranking list will be carried out by 30th September 2020: according to what is required on the selection announcement possible remaining vacant spots after the place acceptance can be re-assessed.

The procedure consists of two parts:

  • completion of the online pre-matriculation form;
  • Payment of the tuition fees: The payment must be carried out using the PagoPA system, clicking on the payment button when finishing the registration procedure. The contribution cannot be reimbursed in any case.

Failure to comply with the deadline specified above results in loss of the right of registration: if you encounter any problems, contact the Matriculation Sector before the deadline.

Processing registration form

Accepting the place and payment of the first installment does not mean that the student is automatically enrolled. Enrollment will be developed by the Matriculation Sector and communicated via email.

For students who have obtained a degree outside Italy, enrollment will be possible only after the pre-evaluation procedure. For more information please contact the Welcome Unit.

Particular Cases

Remember that it is possible to enrol in a degree programme requesting again for:

Last update: 14/01/2021