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English

Admission to English-language Master programmes at USI require a good command of English. Non-English native speakers whose previous degree was obtained in another language need to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR).

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

IELTS 5.5
TOEFL Computer based: 183
Internet based: 65
Paper based: 513
Cambridge English FCE (First Certificate English)
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 785
Speaking: 150
Writing: 160

Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition need to achieve the C1 level in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.
This 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 corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

IELTS 7.0
TOEFL Internet based: 100
Cambridge English CAE (Advanced certificate), grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 945
Speaking: 180
Writing: 180

Italian

As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring basic Italian language skills.
The USI Università della Svizzera italiana offers Italian language courses at all levels (free of charge): further information can be found here.