Language Requirements

The admission to English-language Master programmes at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:




Computer-based: 183
Internet-based*: 65
Paper-based: 513

Cambridge English

B2 First


Listening & Reading: 785
Speaking: 150
Writing: 160

*Due to the current health emergency, USI temporarily accepts TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator as alternatives to the standard tests.


Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition must achieve a C1 competence in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.
The level can be certified either by attending a language course offered at USI during the Fall and Spring semester, and by taking the final exam, or by providing an internationally acknowledged language certificate*.

*  The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:




Internet-based: 100

Cambridge English

C1 Advanced, grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above


Listening & Reading: 945
Speaking: 180
Writing: 180

We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. In general, we are not able to accept language test results older than 3 years, as of September 1st.  

Exceptional Measure for the A.Y. 2020/21: when do I have to submit my English language certification?

  • Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics: by 30 December 2020. 

    If a student/student fails to obtain the required level of English by the deadline, enrolment in the 2021 winter session will be cancelled, the exams taken in the intermediate session will be invalidated and admission to the Master's degree will not be confirmed.
    ​Candidates will also be required to reach level C1 by the deadline for obtaining the degree.