Language courses (CEL)


In addition to the required qualifying examinations for the English language, students may also take QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS in FRENCH – PORTUGESE – RUSSIAN – SPANISH – GERMAN. The qualifying examinations of the Language Center (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo - CLA) are open to all students of the University of Siena who wish to study a language, even without registering final exams. A certificate of attendance will be granted.


QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS are the recognition of levels of linguistic skills according to the European reference framework, with levels from A2 (beginner) to C2 (advanced).



  • It is NOT possible to substitute foreign language exams (with marks on a 30-point scale and a teacher module) with a language qualifying exam.
  • Qualifying exams can only provide CFU credits if they are part of the study plan of the course the student is enroled in.
  • Students who wish to include the study of a language as an Optional activity must indicate a language EXAM, with a mark.


For all information on courses, exams and sessions of foreign language qualifying exams, students may visit the website of the Language Center (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo - CLA) or contact Prof. Cesare Zanca (