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IELTS РInternational English Language Testing System Рis one of the most popular tests in the world to certify the knowledge of English. Developed by the British Council in collaboration with Cambridge Assessment English, IELTS certifications are recognized by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including Università della Svizzera italiana.

USI is a British Council IELTS Registration Partner and is therefore an official center where it is possible to take the IELTS exams. Both USI students and USI staff as well as external people can register for IELTS exams at USI. The exam takes place on the Lugano campus, in Via Buffi 13, in the Palazzo Rosso (click here to have a view of the campus map.

Available sessions

  • 15.12.2018
  • 9.03.2019
  • 6.04.2019
  • 6.07.2019
  • 16.11.2019
  • 14.12.2019

Exams will take place in the Red Building (here a map of the Lugano campus). Rooms will be A11, A12, A13, A14 (possible changes will be communicated here).


Registration is via the link https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/CountryExamSearch.aspx (select ‘Lugano’ in the drop down menu).¬†Registration costs¬†369 CHF. Payment is done directly to the British Council by following the instructions you can find on the registration page. Registration closes about 7 weeks prior to each session.


Students enrolled in the Faculty of communication sciences who have taken IELTS certification can be exempted from the English language course and/or from English for special purposes. The Faculty of Economics accepts IELTS certification in order to sit the final exam of the course English for economics. IELTS is accepted in order to complete Master programs which require a C1-level of English.


For further information corsi.lingua@usi.ch