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International Certificates

recognized as an alternative to the Bocconi exam and conversion table result

As for the current impossibility, due to the Covid-19 emergency, to go to our Offices to submit request to validate an international certificate as an alternative to the Bocconi exam, we inform you that you can forward the request via the help&contact procedure available on your yoU@B Diary (topic: FOREIGN LANGUAGES>INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATES) attaching a scanned copy of the language certificate.


General rules for registration in student’s academic career

Foreign languages are classified as follows:

  • “Curricular” languages (UE languages):
    • such languages are usually registered in the academic career as first/second language; cpu are included in the standard 180 /120 /300 cpu of the study plan (please find in the Guide to the University detailed information about how to choose curricular languages, minimum exit levels and teaching services);
    • moreover, they can be registered in the academic career as “extra activities” (4 cpu); cpu are recorded on top of standard 180/120/300 cpu of the study plan.
  • “Extra” languages:
    • such languages can be registered in the academic career as “extra activities” only (4 cpu); therefore cpu are recorded on top of standard 180 /120 /300 cpu of the study plan.

English, Italian, French, Spanish and German are “curricular” languages.

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian are “extra” languages.

Portuguese is:

  • “curricular” language up to a.y. 2018-19: it can be choosen as first /second language up to a.y. 2018-19;
  • “extra” language as of a.y. 2019-20: as of 2019-20 students (any cohort) cannot choose it as first/second language any more.

International certifications (curricular and extra languages) can be registered in the academic curriculum provided that they are:

  • officially recognized by Bocconi University (see the list below);
  • submitted to the Administrative Office of the Language Center before the “expiry date” which is within 3 years after sitting the international certification exam (2 years for the international test TOEFL and – as of Sept 1st 2019 – for the IELTS test as well);
  • submitted by the owner of the international certification (who is required to show his/her personalized Bocconi ID card);
  • original certifications or statement of results (with stamp and signature of the certifying agency) only are allowed for submission.

International certifications must be achieved and submitted for conversion by the study plan completion date relating to the selected Graduation session or, in any case, by the deadlines set to submit applications for the selected activities.

We remind that it is not possible to request the recognition of an international certificate if the curricular exam of the same language has been recorded in the academic career, or even if the written exam has been passed with a sufficient grade, until the end of the exam session, which ends after the oral exam and the grade recording.

When the result score of the International Certifying Agency is expressed to decimal places, the result is rounded up when the decimal place is greater than or equal to 5.


“Curricular” Languages:

international certifications whose level/typology (general, business, legal) is higher than the minimum required can be registered in place of minimum level/typology required (ie, when the minimum level/typology required is B1 general, then a B1 business or B2 business or higher level/typology is allowed; when the minimum level/typology required is B1 business, then a B2 general or B2 business or higher level/typology is allowed).

Please note that the level/typology recordered in the academic curriculum is the level/typology stated by the Certifying Agency on the international certification.

Overlap between adjacent levels is allowed solely when the Certifying Agency explicitly provides for overlapping levels (for example: C1 scores recognizable as B2 scores and viceversa).


English language of MSc programs as of cohort 2018-19:

A C1 general certification can be registered in place of a B2 business certification (B2 business is the minimum level/typology required) only if it is qualified as “general plus”, that is:

  • the the score corresponds to a mark equal to/higher than 26 out of 30 (cohort 2018-19);
  • the the score corresponds to a mark equal to/higher than 27 out of 30 (cohort 2019-20 and following cohorts).


International recognized certifications

Convertion tables (certification score vs mark out of 30)
To be applied to international certification exams sat as of 1 September, 2019

Conversion tables have been worked out after a careful analysis of the score systems adopted by Certifying Agencies (both quantitative and qualitative scores, if any). Homogeneous criteria have been applied both among different certifications of the same language/level/typology and among different languages to ensure logical rigor and equity.

English

Italian

French

Spanish

German

Portuguese

Arabic

Chinese

Japanese

Russian

International recognized certifications

Convertion tables (certification score vs mark out of 30)
To be applied to international certification exams sat by 31 August, 2019

Please see the table of the recognized certificates for all languages.


Note: we remind you that it is possible to convert only the language certifications recognized by the Language Center as an alternative to the Bocconi language exam, in compliance with the rules specified on the chapter "Foreign Languages" of the Guide to the University and at page www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, "Language certificates" section. Under his/her responsibility, the student must carefully check the certifications which can be recognized and the relating conversion rules, before forwarding the certification recognition request. 

Last modified 06/11/2020 - 12:11:09