Info academic year 2019/2020

Placement tests and English course enrolments

The University of Siena requires all students to pass an English language exam, B1 level for bachelor’s degree and B2 level for master’s degree, which are also important for those wishing to participate in Erasmus exchange programs at English-speaking universities. This eligibility must be demonstrated by a qualifying examination administered by the Language Center.


For this purpose, once enrolled in the university,  you should sign up as soon as possible for a placement test in order to verify your  level of the English language and follow a suitable course of study, unless you have already obtained an international certificate approved by our university. In this case, you should not take the placement test, but present  the original certificate to our Front Office personnel by December 15th, in order to receive the appropriate credits.


REMEMBER: If you do not have a certificate, you must BOOK THE TEST ONLINE!


Placement tests for enrollment in our 1st semester 2019-20 English courses will be held from the September 24th to October 4th in Piazza San Francesco, 8. The test is computer-based and multiple-choice, and assesses your knowledge of  English grammar. At the end of the test we will advise you about the best way for you to reach your objective and pass the English exam required for your degree.
In order to take the test you must book from this page, with your UNISI username and password.


If you are unable to book the test because all of the shifts are full, you can go directly at 9.00 am on the given days and  take the place of another student  who is absent.


You can enroll for English courses from September 24th to October 4th at our Front Office in Piazza San Francesco, open  from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Please note: If you are enrolled in the Engineering, Economics, Geology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, Biology, Literary and Philosophical Studies, History, or Social Service Studies faculties, and you have already taken the CISIA test including the part in English, you do not need to take the placement test with us. To enroll in a course, all you have to do is go to our Front Office with your CISIA score.



Department of Social,  Political and Cognitive Sciences (DISPOC)


The DISPOC department has established that students enrolled in Communication Sciences (with mandatory, four-skill B2 and C1 level English exams and the opportunity to take a level C2 course), Language and Mind: Linguistics and Cognitive Studies, and Strategies in Communication Techniques, and Public and Cultural Diplomacy (curriculum also requiring a four-skill B2 level English exam) should take an English diagnostic test (even if they have a B1 certificate or higher) in September from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the language lab which is located on the 4th floor of the San Niccolò building on Via Roma, 56 (0577-234848, The lab is open from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm in the month of September. Two passport photos, an identity card, and your student identification number are necessary in order to register at the lab and take the test.


Bachelor’s Degree in the Health Sector

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree course in the health sector are not required to take a placement test. If you have already been awarded a PET certificate (or equivalent , or have previously passed a B1 level English exam in another university language center), you should bring the original copy to our Front Office in order to be awarded credits.



If you have already reached the B1 level, demonstrated by an international certificate accepted by our university  - see table of certificates approved by the University of Siena – or by an exam taken at the Language Center, you can enroll directly in a B2 level course without taking a placement test. Course enrollments  for the fall semester will be open at our Front Office from September 24th to October 4th.


If your undergraduate degree was awarded from another university, you will need  to prove that you have reached a B1 level, either by taking a placement test (to be booked online) or by submitting an international certificate accepted by our university, in order to be allowed access to a B2 level course.


Even though you have already passed a B1 exam or have a B1 certificate, if you have not used the English language for some time, we suggest that you test yourself  and, if necessary,  turn to a self-study online course in order to review the components that are not clear so that you will be at an advantage when following the B2 course.




Students enrolled in a degree course with curriculum in English that requires level B2 as a prerequisite (bachelor’s degree in Economics and Banking and Economics and Management, master’s degree in Economics, Finance, International Accounting and Management, Biotechnolgies of Human Reproduction, Genetic Counsellors, Chemistry, Dentistry, and European Studies), must prove that they have reached this level by presenting an international certificate approved by our university. If this is not your case, you can take the B2 level English exam at the Language Center (registration at the CLA Front Office).  In order to take the exam it is mandatory to have already completed matriculation procedures.


Table of English language  certificates approved by the University of Siena


Students that have one of the international certificates listed in the table, or have passed an exam held by a language center in another  university before enrolling at the University of Siena, should present the original document and submit a photocopy,  to our Front Office personnel.  The appropriate number of credits for knowledge of the English language will then be awarded automatically.