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English language proficiency requirement - undergraduate degree programmes

Admission policy A.Y. 2022/23

Students who apply to degree programmes taught in English satisfy the language requirement if they provide one of the following certificates issued as of 1 January 2020:


Recognized certificates Test administrator Minimum score required CEFR
Academic IELTS Cambridge English Language Assessment 6.0 B2
TOELF iBT ETS (Università Cattolica code: 2605) 84 B2
Cambridge English: First, Advanced, Proficiency Cambridge English Language Assessment n.a. B2-C2
Cambridge English: Business Vantage, Business Higher Cambridge English Language Assessment n.a. B2-C1
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Cambridge English Language Assessment D B2
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Cambridge English Language Assessment C B2
PTE Academic Pearson 46 B2
ISE: II, III, IV Trinity College London n.a. B2-C2


IMPORTANT: Candidates need to provide the English language certificate at the time of application. If no certificate is provided, the application will be considered unsuccessful.

As an alternative to the above listed certificates, applicants may take the online evaluation test of English proficiency offered by the University’s language centre, SeLDA
To register, click on "REGISTER" next to the selected test date and follow the instructions for “Non-registered user.” Make sure you provide your name and surname exactly as they appear on your passport (see example) and the same email address you will use to apply for the degree programme of your interest. You will need to use the same information again to create your University intranet account where you will find your test results in the enrolment portal, Portale iscrizione ai corsi. Since your personal information provided upon registration to the language test need to match that used to create credentials to the University intranet account where your test result will be posted, you must be sure that your personal details used for the registration to both accounts are exactly the same. 

IMPORTANT: the University intranet account will be your access point to all procedures you will need to complete once admitted. While you await your admission feedback, we ask that you do not do anything in the portal until you are given specific instructions to do so. 


NOTE: The Duolingo English Test is no longer accepted.


Exemptions based on prior study

The following applicants are not required to submit an English language certification:

1. Applicants who completed their upper secondary studies from one of the following national education systems:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Island
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
  • United States of America 

For credentials issued by the following countries, Università Cattolica reserves the right to evaluate if candidates satisfy the English language requirement depending on the score received at Secondary School Certificate / Grade XII Examination.

  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya 
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria 
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe 


2. IB full diploma students 

IB candidates that have had all subjects taught in English satisfy the language requirement.  
For those candidates with subjects that are not taught in English, Cattolica reserves the right to request a language certificate.