Languages at UdA
The University of Andorra establishes Level B1.1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as the minimum requirement in English for new students. Having obtained this level on entering the university, bachelor’s degree students can follow the English language itineraries established in all bachelor’s degree courses and, having obtained their English language credits, can take their compulsory subjects in which the vehicular language is English.
Due to a range of circumstances, some students enter the UdA without having achieved the B1.1 level in English. In such cases, an alternative itinerary is provided, which enables students to achieve the same level of English as other students by the time they leave the UdA. That is why it is important to ascertain the English level of all students when they enrol at the University of Andorra for the first time.
The entrance test takes place over the first days of the first year in the bachelor’s degree course (in late-September; the exact date varies from year to year) and consists of two parts: Use of English and Listening. All questions are multiple-choice, and the test examines grammar, vocabulary and the use of knowledge in order to understand meaning in communication. Candidates generally complete the test in 30-45 minutes.
- Students who obtain Level B1.1 or above in the entrance test: these students will take two English language subjects: English I, a general course; and English II, focused on the knowledge area of their studies. Finally, they will be able to take a number of compulsory subjects in which the vehicular language is English.
- Students who do not reach the level B1.1 in the entrance test: these students are advised to take Preparatory English (a face-to-face non-curricular subject on the bachelor’s degree course) before enrolling for English I or for courses that are delivered in English. This subject will enable them to achieve Level B1.1, which is required for students taking English language subjects. These students are also advised to take the preliminar intensive course that takes place over the first week of the academic year.