Skip to content

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.

Study in the three languages

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

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 recognised language certificates.

Please read the list of recognised language certificates carefully: as you will see, unibz recognises 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 have graduated or will graduate from a school with English as the main language of instruction, 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 (levels B2 and C1 only).
We offer applicants of Bachelor’s programmes B2 level exams, applicants of Master’s programmes B2 and C1 level exams.

During the language and admission tests, you will be able to benefit from compensatory and/or exemptive measures: e.g., you will be given extra time for tests and you will be allowed to use extra IT tools. Please inform us about your needs and hand in your disability certificate to our Advisory Service at least 15 days before the date of your tests and by the application deadline.

The next language exam sessions for admission to the academic year 2021/22 will take place online on the following dates:

Early Bird Application Session

  • 18-19 March 2021 (Open Day) – max. 160 spots 
    Registration: 1-11/03/2021
  • 15-21 April 2021

    Registration: 26/03-08/04/2021

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to access the exam online (technical equipment and software required).

Late Application Session

  • 28 June - 03 July 2021*
    Registration: 19/05-20/06/2021
    NB.: If the date of your secondary school final exam overlaps with the date of the unibz language exam, you can send the confirmation of your registration for the unibz language exam to your school and request that your final exam be rescheduled.
    The system automatically recognizes which module(s) you will need to complete:
    - If you take the full exam or you retake modules II and III:  the exam will take all day (h 9-13 and 14:30-16 local time);
    - if you retake module II: the exam will take place in the morning (h 9-13 local time);
    - if you retake module III: the exam will take place in the afternoon (h 14:30-16 local time).

not valid to gain admission to PhD programmes (application deadline: 30th June).

  • 27 July 2021**
    Registration: 10-20/07/2021

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to access the exam online (technical equipment and software required).

** This session is available only to students applying to inter-university programmes.



You can register for a language exam session during 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 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.

Apply here

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


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.

Feedback / Request info