The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Philosophy is a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in the field of Philosophy or related disciplines. An interview aimed at assessing the candidate’s background in the areas of the Master and their potential for future development is part of the selection process.
Admissions will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Language requirements

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

Students admitted under the condition mentioned above 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, taking the final exam, or 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 cannot accept language test results older than three years, as of September 1st.  


Academic Year 2022/23
When do I have to submit my English language certification?

  • The language certification should be included in the application package. Exceptions will be made for those who can prove the cancellation of international certificates exam sessions.Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics