Italian language courses for UniGe international students

International students who enrol for the first time in the Università degli Studi di Genova must sit an Italian assessment test (taking place in September and October). The level required is the B2 of the CEFR (only in same cases the level needed must be higher). If you are a Marco Polo student, for you the level requested is the B1. If you are going to enrol in one of the Master's degree courses belonging to the Foreign Languages Department you need to reach the C1 level.

The test includes cloze questions on syntactic-grammatical topics and the difficulty of the questions is progressive (for further details on the topics please refer to the Syllabus). The test includes also an reading and comprehension exercise as well as a writing.


The test and how to enrol

Read more details on the test and on how to enrol or get in contact with the Office dealing with international students (SASS).

If you fail the Italian assessment test, you will get an OFA (Obbligo Formativo Aggiuntivo) which means that you have an educational deficit you will have to settle attending a free and compulsory course given by lecturers specialised in teaching Italian as a foreign language.

You will be put in a 40 or 80 or 120-hour-course depending on the result of your test.

At the end of the course, you can retake the test once again to verify if you reached the level required by the University. If you pass the test, the educational deficit will be settled and cancelled. If you do not pass the test after the first year, you will not be able to fill in the study plan of your second year.


Test schedule

  • Wednesday 1st September 2021: only for the students enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2021/2022 in Degree courses whose access is subject to an admission test. See the results here.
  • Friday 24th September 2021: only for all the students enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2021/2022. See the results here.
  • Friday 15th October 2021: only for the students enrolled in previous academic years who still have this subject pending. See the results here.
  • Friday 29th October 2021: only for all the students enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2021/2022.
  • Friday 12th November 2021: only for the students enrolled in previous academic years who still have this subject pending.
  • Friday 26th November 2021: only for all the students enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2021/2022.

Courses and timetables

More information on the Italian language courses and their timetables will be published here in the next weeks.


If you are a PhD foreign student or a foreign student enrolled in one of our Master's degree course held in English, please go to this section.

Last update 18 October 2021