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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Study in three languages

Nowadays, a degree is not enough. To seize the opportunities available on the global job market, you need to match the specific skills acquired during your studies with your language skills.

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We offer you a unique opportunity in Europe to study in Italian, German and English and to live in South Tyrol, a region at the crossroads between a Mediterranean culture and the German-speaking world.

Thanks to our international community of staff and students, speaking foreign languages is an everyday reality for all of us: students, professors, researchers and administrative staff.

Language levels: entry and exit

unibz Study in three languages

In order to gain admission to unibz, you need to provide evidence of specific language levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by the application deadline. Your level needs to be verified with one of the recognized language certificates.

Please read the list of recognized language certificates carefully: as you will see, unibz recognizes multiple certificates, but certificates older than five years from the date of issue will not be accepted. We also accept other forms of certification which are permanently valid (for example, if you declare that English was the main language in which you were taught during the last year of high school, then this would be the equivalent of a C1 level). However, we cannot accept any certificates of attendance of language courses.

Language levels at a glance (pdf)

Language Exams

If you are not able to certify your language level with a certificate referred to in the previous paragraph (in order to meet the minimum language requirements for admission to the degree course you are interested in), you can take the language exams offered by the Language Centre at unibz.


The next language exam sessions for admission to the academic year 2019/20 will take place in Bolzano on the following dates:

Early Bird Application Session

  • 15-16 March 2019 (Open Day): enrolment period 1–11 March 2019
  • 11-12 April 2019: enrolment period 22 March-7 April 2019*

Late Application Session

  • 2-3 July 2019: enrolment period 20 May-26 June 2019*

Super Late Application Session

  • 30 July 2019: enrolment period: 15-24 July 2019**

* If necessary, the exam sessions in April and July might be extended to take place on a third day e.g. on 13 April, 4 and 31 July 2019.

** This session is available only to applicants applying to the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Computer Science


 

Registration

Registration

You can register for a language exam session only after your application for one of our study programmes in the application portal. The registration is only possible during the above mentioned periods.

Please read carefully the description of the language exam structure for the B2 and C1 levels:

Exam Structure and Info (PDF)

Providing proof of your language levels

The language proficiency requirements for admission (which can be found in the Study Manifestos of your preferred degree course) must be met by the stated pre-registration deadline. You can provide evidence of your language proficiency in the following ways:

  • by providing a document that proves, when you apply online, that the main language of teaching during the last year of secondary school is/was Italian, German or English (this corresponds to a C1 level of competence);
  • by providing a document that proves, when you apply online, that you have obtained a bachelor's or master's degree in Italian, German or English;
  • by uploading, when you apply online, a language certificate accepted by our Language Centre or submitting an affidavit in lieu of certificate;
  • by passing the computer-based language test administered by our Language Centre.

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Learning languages

The Language Centre will support you during your study programme, by offering free language courses in different levels and formats (intensive courses before the first term and between the first and second term, and also 40-hour courses during the two semesters).

Learning Paths

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In order to prepare freshers, the university holds pre-sessional courses every year in September which enable students to attend classes that are taught in the third language. 

Attendance of these courses is highly recommended for all students who have not certified B2 in their third language. These courses are particularly important for absolute beginners in their third language, because beginner courses are offered exclusively during the pre-sessional September session, and are never offered during the academic year.