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19. The English language proficiency exam I was planning to take has been cancelled/suspended in my country. Is there an alternative option for me to prove my English knowledge?

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the difficulties around English language tests, the GEMMA universities are trying to be more flexible regarding language requirements. Thus, apart from the certificates mentioned in the Language requirement section of this website, online/from home version of official certificates such as TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition or IELTS Indicator IELTS Indicator will be exceptionally accepted.

For further details or specific doubts, please contact the admissions unit at each university or send an email to

Please find below some information published in this regard by some GEMMA universities:


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IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components Duolingo: 110, minimum 100 in all other components


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IELTS: Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. IELTS Indicator test will not be accepted.

TOEFL, iBT: Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus you can also opt for taking the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. UU will temporarily accepts this test as an alternative to taking TOEFL in a test centre


Apart from the above mentioned online/from home version of official certificates, the University of Bologna is willing

“to accept further methods of assessment such as, for example, the evaluation of training activities or training courses carried out in English, experiences gained in international contexts provided they are documented or interviews held by the selection board.” (Art.1)

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