Studying in Italy - Language preparation

Maybe you are thinking about spending a semester in Italy or Italian-speaking Switzerland. Then you should think about your language preparation in good time so that your study stay is successful in every respect and your academic achievements are recognized at your home university.

The Center for Languages and Philology offers a range of language courses that specifically prepare you for a study abroad trip:

The beginner courses Italian language and culture 1 – 4 (level A1 – A2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages

and  advanced courses  Grammatica e lettura, A voi la parola A & B, Viaggio in Italia A & B (level B1 –B2)

In addition to the purely linguistic teaching, you will learn useful information about studying in Italy, teaching at Italian universities, student life and intercultural differences in your home and destination country.

Maybe you have already acquired basic knowledge of the Italian language (e.g. in high school) or you are a dual language speaker. Then let us advise you on which course is most suitable for you.

As a rule, you must inform your faculty or the state examination office when applying for a foreign scholarship. submit a language test to recognize your academic achievements. This is the “DAAD placement test” in which, according to our information, you should achieve at least B2.

How do I register for the language test?

Registration is usually done by email

You will then receive an appointment and additional information.

Procedure of the exams:

The exams take place in Pavilion 1, Room 8, Albert-Einstein-Allee 5; personal registration (by telephone/e-mail) is required. As soon as you have received an appointment, transfer the examination fee (transfer forms available at the ZSP office) and bring the receipt with your student ID with you to the examination.

The exam lasts approximately 30 minutes. (Reading comprehension, speaking, writing, listening comprehension).

The certificate will be handed out immediately after the examination upon presentation of all documents. The exam is based on the language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The state examination office recommends at least B2 for studying abroad.

How can I prepare for the placement test?

The best preparation is to attend our Italian courses. Furthermore, carefully planned autodidactic repetitions of grammar and vocabulary, reading newspaper articles (e.g. Adesso, La Stampa, L'espresso etc.), Italian television or watching Italian films in the original can be useful. Participating in the language tests without prior systematic language instruction is risky.

In any case, get personal advice from the Italian department.

Information pages about the Italian language, language level, study opportunities in Italy, etc.

Language test fees

According to the current fee regulations, Ulm University charges a fee of € 20 for such language tests. Please use the following bank details and intended purpose for payment:

Account holder: Ulm University cash register
IBAN: DE68 6305 0000 0000 0050 50
Purpose: "KST 190200 Sprachtest" and your first name and last name

You can also pick up a transfer form from the Language Center office. Please make the transfer in good time before the test and bring the transfer receipt stamped by the bank or a printout of confirmation of the online transfer with you to the test.

Contact person

Dr. Monika Kautenburger

Dr. Monika Kautenburger

Head of French and head of Italian

Phone: +49 (0)731 / 50-26244
Fax: +49 (0)731 / 50-23467

Room 8, Pavilion 1, Alber-Einstein-Allee 5

Consultation hours: during Lecture time: Wed 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
during the lecture-free period by appointment

Further information about the person