Levels and certificates

The general language courses are designed with the aim that the student acquires a level, in progressive steps, for each 100 hours of onsite course, that is delivered in two modules of 50 hours. This is equivalent to 200 hours of study, or 8 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).


Council de Europe

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


(Foreign languages)



First A1



Beginner A1 

Second A2



Elementary A2

Third B1



Intermediate B1

Fourth B2.1

Fifth B2.2





Upper Intermediate B2

Sixth C1.1



Advanced C1

Final exam

At the end of module two in a level, there is a final exam comprising four parts: speaking, writing, listening and reading. A student must pass all four parts in order to attain the level. 

Our level certificates are issued by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in accordance with the scale described by the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference. Course and attendance certificates are issued by UAB Languges Barcelona. 

Level assessment

The UAB Idiomes level test comprises three parts – linguistic awareness test, written test and oral test – and lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

The UAB Idiomes levels demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate personal details and basic specific information about themself and their immediate surroundings. 
  • Express basic needs and give and ask for specific information, using familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. 
  • Understand brief messages which are addressed to the general public and expressed in basic language, and identify the central theme and relevant details of longer messages. 
  • Write notes and very basic, brief texts, and fill in forms with personal details.

  • Communicate with an acceptable degree of success in everyday situations with predictable communicative interaction.
  • Contribute to simple conversations about personal experiences or on familiar topics, applying the most frequently used expressions. 
  • Understand the essential information in direct, simple, spoken or written messages on topics of personal interest. 

  • Hold communicative interaction in most situations in everyday life. 
  • Understand a native speaker who express themself without using dialectical expressions or excessive colloquial language. 
  • Express themselves effectively, orally and in writing, on topics of general interest. 
  • Understand essential information at a conference or exhibition, or in an in-depth text, on topics of general interest. 

  • Interact with native speakers, with a degree of fluency and without much difficulty, 
  • Contribute to discussions, debates and dialogues on topics of general interest, and express viewpoints or opinions to a certain degree of complexity. 
  • Produce a variety of brief texts, to an acceptable level of accuracy and in an appropriate style. 
  • Understand the meaning of informative, opinion or reference texts, and be able to develop this comprehension by using dictionaries or other reference materials.  

  • Take part in conversations and discussions – spontaneously, fluently and without difficulty – with native speakers and in everyday situations. 
  • Give presentations in public, of a descriptive nature, on familiar topics in their field of specialization. 
  • Produce texts which outline the arguments for and against a certain point of view. 
  • Understand information and news on the TV and radio, and articles in the written media, on current affairs. 

  • Actively participate in social, academic and professional conversations.
  • Give presentations and demonstrations in public.
  • Prepare and produce a wide range of written texts. 
  • Read literary texts.