Under bilateral agreements, especially for general and faculty agreements, some universities require mobility students to present a language test certifying their level. Indeed, when your host university is in a country where the national language is not your mother tongue, a language test is very often a prerequisite for admission. There exists different types of commercial tests, and the one you should take will vary depending on your host university. It is therefore your responsibility to find out beforehand whether a test is required and, if so, which one.
First of all, it is important to take into account that these commercial tests are only offered by a few accredited institutes and that demand is high during the period preceding the application deadlines for exchanges. Therefore, in order to secure a place, it is necessary to anticipate and start the application process early.
You will find the different accredited institutes in Switzerland, the available exam dates as well as the deadlines for application on the Language Centre website.
In order to prepare as well as possible for your language test, the UNIL Language Centre offers preparation courses for the various exams aimed at making it easier for you to pass them. Whether it is for English, German, Spanish or other languages, you have the possibility, if you wish, to follow courses at the level you wish to acquire.
For more information on these preparation courses, please visit the Language Centre website.
A number of our international partners, principally those that teach in English, require our students to provide a commercial language test such as IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge.
As a result, in these situations, we have no other option than to require our students to take a test of this kind when submitting their application. These types of tests are particularly expensive, at a cost of around CHF 300.00.
As part of its commitment to supporting the possibility of university exchanges for its students, the UNIL Rectorate has decided to help students cover the costs of commercial language tests required in relation to applying for an exchange.
Accordingly, students applying to a partner university that requires evidence of a commercial language test can be partially or totally reimbursed for the costs of the test concerned, by completing the online form (see on the right), attaching the documents requested and returning it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (SASME).
SASME can only reimburse costs incurred by the student; no test fees will be paid directly by SASME to the organisation offering the language test.