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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:


Visit York's website

The University of York is relaxing the standard English language requirements by 0.5 IELTS (or equivalent) for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate Masters, to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. No reduction will be made below the permitted UKVI minimum levels (no lower than 5.5 overall and in all components). Additional support will also be provided when you start your studies. We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves and are developing further options to support offer holders in meeting language conditions and we will keep this page updated. York is also developing alternative English language tests, equivalent to IELTS. You will be able to take these from home and meet the English language requirements for your course. They’ll announce this son.

There is also the option of signing up for an online presessional:

All York’s pre-sessional courses will now be delivered online. If you have already had a place, you will be offered a place on one of our online courses. The Admissions team will contact you with the details.


Visit CEU's website Some providers are temporarily offering special ‘home versions’ to meet the needs of students who are currently unable to take the test. For TOEFL iBT, check here to see whether this is offered in your area. In addition, since we do not want anyone to lose an opportunity due to the current situation, we now also accept the Duolingo English Language Test Duolingo English Language Test () which can be taken online. The required minimum score for both master’s applicants is 110.


Visit the university's website

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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