Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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English language proficiency requirement - undergraduate degree programmes

Admission policy A.Y. 2023/24

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 2021:


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 an 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.


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.