Erasmus+ Language test

When you go on a study exchange or traineeship within the Erasmus+ programme, you are required to take a language test – the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS) language assessment – before and after your time abroad. If you wish to improve your language proficiency, you will have the opportunity to follow an online language course before and during your time abroad.

Mandatory language assessment

You must take the OLS language assessment either in the language that will be the main language of the course or traineeship or in English.

At the end of your Erasmus+ mobility period, you are required to complete another language assessment in order to evaluate the progress you made during your stay abroad. On average, students who actively engage in online language courses improve their proficiency by at least one CEFR level!

First test needs to be done before your exchange or traineeship starts. You will be informed by the International Office when the test will be sent to you and then you can choose in which language to do the test in.  

The test

Once you have been nominated to go abroad with Erasmus+, you will receive an email from OLS system, with login details and a link to the online assessment (if applicable). On average, the assessment takes about 30 to 35 minutes to complete. There is no time limit, however, so you can take as much time as you need.

The assessment comprises four sections: grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension and reading comprehension. The test itself is adaptive meaning, the level is raised or lowered depending on the answers you give. After completing the assessment, you will receive a detailed analysis of your performance. You will be able to see your overall level (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale, as well as a breakdown by the sections mentioned above.

Note that the host university or organisation will not have access to your results and that your results cannot prevent you from taking part in the Erasmus+ programme.

Online language course

If you wish to improve your language proficiency, you have the opportunity to follow an online language course before and during your time abroad. The language courses are available at different levels, and you will be eligible for the one that best suits your needs (in accordance with the results of the language assessment).

If you are already proficient (have at least B2 level) in the main language of the course or traineeship, you can follow a language course in the language of the country instead, provided that this language is available in OLS.

In order to attend an online language course, please contact International Office.

Published by: Liselotte Laurila Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2021-09-02
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