Accreditation of foreign language knowledge

Requisit B2 If you have started a Bachelor's degree programme at a Catalan university during the 2014-2015 academic year or later you must certify a B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in any of the following languages: English, German, French or Italian. Only by submitting proof of a B2 level will you be able to obtain the degree, in accordance with Article 211 Law 2/2014 of the Catalan Government.

You can certify your level of a foreign language by presenting an official certificate of language knowledge.

 

Which certificates are valid?

The most common certificates are the ones listed below, but there are more you can consult in the official list of certificates and diplomas of the Catalan Government:
  • English: First Certificate, Advanced, Proficiency, TOEFL, IELTS, Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Advanced Level Certificate, UPF Languages Certificate, PCCL, CLUC, etc.
  • German: Mittelstufe and Oberstufe, Kleines and Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Advanced Level Certificate, PCCL, CLUC, etc.
  • French: DDELF, DALF, Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Advanced Level Certificate, PCCL, CLUC, etc.
  • Italian: CELI, PLIDA, Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Advanced Level Certificate, PCCL, CLUC, etc.

Attention! Please note that only the certificates included in the official list of certificates and diplomas of the Catalan Government are accepted.

 

Where can I obtain a valid certificate?

  1. At UPF
  • UPF Languages: Idiomes UPF exams (UPF’s language school) are valid certificates to meet the B2 level accreditation requirement. You can find specific information about courses and discounts at Idiomes UPF.
  • PCCL: The PCCL is a language proficiency test that the UPF organizes periodically during the academic year. It is held at UPF Languages with a cost of 65 euros.
  • CLUC: The CLUC is a test common to all Catalan universities that is offered once or twice a year at the Catalan universities. The price of the test is 75 euros, but you can apply for economic subsidies through the PARLA 3 Program
  1. In external institutions (e.g: British Council, Goethe Institut, Institut Français or Instituto Italiano de Cultura, among others).

 

Once I have obtained my certificate, where do I need to present it?

You must present your official certificate at the PIE ("Punto de Información al Estudiante") or to your faculty’s Registrar’s Office.

 

If the degree I am studying is totally or partially in English, do I have to certify the language level anyway?

Yes, only if you are a student of the Bachelor's Degrees in Translation and Interpreting and Applied Languages or the Double Bachelor's Degree in Translation and Interpreting and Applied Languages and as long as your laguage of study corresponds to one of the languages of the B2 accreditation, will you be exempt of presenting a B2 level certificate. In any case, we recommend that you always certify your level of a foreign language. This way it will be reflected on your academic records.

For further information contact your faculty’s Registrar’s Office or use our enquiry form.

 

If I have studied secondary school in a Spanish school where classes were taught in one of the four languages of accreditation, do I need to certify the language level anyway?

It depends. If you have studied secondary school in a center included in the lists below, you will need to present a document from your education center justifying that classes were taught in one of the four languages of accreditation.

The Licée Français, the British School of Barcelona, the Deutsche Schule or the Instituto Italiano Statale are some examples of authorized centers, among others.

Otherwise (if your school does not appear on the lists) you will need to present an official B2 level certificate in any of the four languages accepted.

 

If I have not studied the secondary school in Spain, do I need to certify my B2 language level?

In this case, you must submit a certificate of studies indicating the language in which you were taught. This language must be English, German, French or Italian in a minimum overall proportion of 50%.

 

If my mother tongue is English, German, French or Italian, do I need to certify my B2 language level anyway?

Yes. In any case you must take one of the examinations of the official list of certificates and diplomas of the Catalan Government.

 

Do you have any further questions?

Use our enquiry form to send a request for further information.

 


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