Language requirement for admission to the degree programmes of the University of Padua

We remind you to check the level required for admission to the degree programme and to provide mandatorily a language certificate from among those accepted by the University before

  • 31 July for limited access degree programmes;
  • 30 September for unlimited access degree programmes.


Degree programmes held in English

All candidates with a qualification obtained abroad, regardless of their citizenship and residence, who intend to enrol in a degree programme of the University of Padua are required to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of English in accordance with the teaching regulations of the relevant degree programme.

If you got one of the language certificates listed herein by achieving at least the minimum score given below, you are eligible for admission to the English-taught degree programmes and curriculums.

The minimum scores apply to all the degree programmes and curriculums delivered in English except for: English Studies – C1 (curriculum of the Master’s degree programme in Lingue e letterature europee ed americane) and European and Global Studies – C1.

Only the certificates obtained no more than five years before the start date of the selection process are accepted.

The language certificates not listed below will not be accepted (e.g.: Duolingo).



Minimum score required: 80


Minimum score required: 95

  IELTS (Academic training/general training)


Minimum score required: 6.0


Minimum score required: 7.0

  Cambridge ESOL (General and Higher Education)


Cambridge English Level 1 in ESOL International – B2 First

Minimum score required: FCE GRADE B or higher


Cambridge English Level 2 in ESOL International – C1 Advanced (CAE)

Minimum score required: FCE GRADE A or CAE (any grade)

  Trinity College London


Integrated Skills in English - ISE II


Integrated Skills in English - ISE III

  Oxford University Press


Oxford Test of English - OTE

Minimum score required: 126

  GATEHOUSE (ESOL International Classic)


GA Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Classic B2)


GA Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Classic C1)

  PEARSON (Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Esol International – PTE)


PTE General 3 (ESOL International Level 1)


PTE General 4 (ESOL International Level 2)

  Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)


Minimum score required: 65


Minimum score required: 76


If you fall into one of the categories below, you are exempt from the English language certificate:

  • students with a qualification resulting from a degree programme taught entirely in English;
  • native English-speaking students coming from: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, USA;
  • students taking a standardised test in English (IMAT and/or SAT), only if the test is a compulsory or preferential requirement for admission to the chosen degree programme.



Degree programmes held in Italian

As per the Ministerial Circular concerning admission to Italian-taught degree programmes, students should have at least a B2 level in Italian to be certified by 30 September.

The language certificates accepted are the ones issued as part of the CLIQ quality system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità), which brings together the current language certificate institutes (Perugia Foreigners' University, University for Foreigners of Siena, Università Roma Tre, Società "Dante Alighieri"), and those issued by the University for Foreigners "Dante Alighieri" of Reggio Calabria, also in agreement with the Italian Cultural Institutes abroad or other accredited institutes (by way of example: CELI, PLIDA, ...).

The language requirement may also be checked by means of an online test to be taken remotely, in collaboration with the University Language Centre (details available on the relevant web page).

Knowledge of another foreign language (e.g. English) may be required for admission; check the teaching regulations of the degree programme you would like to be admitted to.


If you fall into one of the categories below, you are exempt from the Italian language certificate:

  • students with European Union citizenship;
  • students with non-European Union citizenship residing in Italy with a valid residence permit;
  • students who obtained an upper secondary school diploma from Italian state schools and equivalent abroad;
  • students in possession of one of the secondary school qualifications referred to in Annex 2;
  • students who obtained a qualification in Italian Language and Culture from the Perugia Foreigners' University and the University for Foreigners of Siena;

students with Chinese citizenship participating in the Marco Polo project who passed the final exam of the (10 or 11-month) Italian language course with at least a B1 level.

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