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English language proficiency requirement - undergraduate degree programmes

Admission policy A.Y. 2024/25

If you are applying to an English-taught degree programme you need to satisfy the language requirement by providing one of the following certificates issued starting from January 1, 2022:


Recognized certificates Test administrator Minimum score required CEFR
Academic IELTS  (UKVI included) Cambridge English Language Assessment 6.0 B2
TOELF iBT (home edition included) 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: You need to provide an English Language Certificate at the time of application. If no certificate is provided, the application will be considered unsuccessful.


Exemptions based on prior study

You are not required to submit an English language certification if:

1. You completed your 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 you satisfy the English language requirement depending on the score received at Secondary School Certificate / Grade XII Examination, especially if the qualification is dated before January 2022. 

  • 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 
If you are following the IB Diploma and  have had all subjects taught in English, you satisfy the language requirement.  
If your subjects are not all taught in English, Cattolica reserves the right to request a language certificate.