Foreign languages and literatures

The Degree Program in Foreign Languages and Literatures has a limited access.

In order to enroll, students must pass a selection.

The call for admission for the a.y. 2023/2024 has been published and can be consulted in the dedicated section.

430 places for EU and equated non EU citizens (of which 20 are reserved for students of the IPH project– International Programme in Humanities of the University of Pisa)

25 places for non EU citizens residing abroad and applying for VISA (5 reserved to Marco Polo Project candidates)

Registration opening: 15 July 2022 at 9:00 am

Sign up or log in to the Alice portal by 7 September 2022 at 12:00 noon.

  1. In order to sign up you will be asked to insert details about your Health Insurance card (tessera sanitaria) and your tax code (codice fiscale)
  2. You will have to upload a scanned copy of your Identity Document and a passport-sized photograph
  3. Once you entered your personal area, please select “Secretariat” and then “Admission Test”
  4. Once you have completed the registration, a receipt of registration to the admission test with a unique number will be available

In order to take part in the selection you must have taken, by 7 September 2022, the TOLC-SU Test provided by CISIA according to one of the following two methods as you prefer:

  1. TOLC@CASA-SU test taken remotely (at your home) organised by one of the authorised centres, according to the methods and schedule published on the CISIA website;
  2. TOLC-SU test taken in presence, (in university classrooms) at one of the authorised venues, according to the arrangements and timetable published on the CISIA website.

The TOLC-SU test may be taken more than once, in any case the result of the last test taken from 1 January 2022 until 7 September 2022 will be considered valid for selection purposes. The results of the TOLC are acquired automatically by the university.

The test is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions, each with several possible answers of which only one is correct, which aim to verify knowledge of grammatical syntactic and textual knowledge of the Italian language, as well as the ability to understand texts in Italian, taking into account the ministerial syllabus for high schools.

The test is divided into three sections
a) text comprehension and knowledge of the Italian language – 30 questions – time available: 60 minutes;
b) knowledge and skills acquired in studies – 10 questions – time available: 20 minutes;
c) logical reasoning – 10 questions – time available: 20 minutes.

There is also a section that includes a test of English language knowledge, the score for which does not count towards the ranking, so it is optional to take it.

The following marks are awarded for each question:
(a) 1 point for each correct answer;
(b) – (minus) 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer;
(c) 0 points for each incorrect answer.

The merit rankings will be formulated according to the following criteria in order:
a) overall score
b) in the event of a tie, the candidate with the higher score in the section on knowledge of the Italian language will prevail;
c) in the event of a further tie, precedence will be given to the candidate with the younger age.

Candidates who score more than 18 points in the test will be included in the rankings.

Those candidates who have been placed in a useful position with reference to the relative number of places available will be declared successful.

NB Non-Eu citizens requesting Visa and Marco Polo project students do not have to sit the TOLC-SU test.
Non-Eu citizens requesting Visa and Marco Polo project students will be placed on a separate ranking list: if applications do not exceed the number of places available, all students may be admitted according to the ranking list; if applications exceed the number of places available, interviews will be organised remotely (or in person if conditions permit) to establish the ranking of those admitted.


Unsuccessful candidates need not indicate their interest in being included in the shortlists, which are automatic for all successful candidates.

The enrolment procedure is described in the How to enrol section.

Successful candidates with a score between 18 and 24 will have to provide for additional learning requirements (OFA) as provided by the “Regolamento del Corso di Studi”.


Please find out more about study programmes and career opportunities at Degree Program web page.

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