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Common European Framework Guidelines

Language courses at the EUI adhere to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework (CEFR) guidelines.


What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is, as the title suggests, a framework of reference.

It provides 'a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents.' (COE website)

The CEFR will help you understand

  • what you need to learn to communicate in a language 
  • what knowledge and skills you should develop at each level
  • the cultural context of each European language
  • levels of proficiency so you can measure your progress at each stage of learning and on a life-long basis


What is my CEFR level?

Check your level of language ability in the languages on permanent offer at the EUI

English (pdf)

Espagnol (pdf)

Français (pdf)

Deutsch (pdf)

Italiano (pdf)


Evaluate your level in any European language at the Council of Europe's CEFR Levels webpage  


Page last updated on 29 January 2020

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