The Interuniversity Commission for Linguistic Training and Certification of Catalonia (CIFALC) is an interuniversity commission that brings together the language services of the twelve Catalan universities: Autonomous University of Barcelona, University de Barcelona, University of Girona, University of Lleida, Open University of Catalonia, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University, Rovira i Virgili University, University of Vic, Ramon Llull University, International University of Catalonia and Abbot Oliba CEU University. The role of CIFALC is to coordinate these language services with regard to the teaching and learning of Catalan at university.
The Catalan universities hold sittings for the same Catalan language proficiency exams, which they coordinate through CIFALC. The CIFALC certificate system certifies six levels of Catalan language proficiency: beginner (A1), basic (A2), elementary (B1), intermediate (B2), proficiency (C1), proficiency for teaching and research (C1), and mastery (C2), following that established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), adapted to the university setting. Certification is also offered in a language of specialisation: certificate in Catalan legal language.
The CEFR is an international standard for the development of language programs, curricula, examinations and language learning manuals. It defines the various levels of language competence and, for each level, the skills students must acquire for each area of linguistic competence (listening and reading comprehension, oral interaction, oral expression and written expression).
The official Catalan language certificates issued Catalan universities, within the framework of the CIFALC, are approved by the Directorate General for Linguistic Policy, as well as those of the Consortium for Language Standardisation and the Institut Ramon Llull, and correspond to the MECR levels.
For more information on Catalan language certificates, see the websites of the CIFALC and the DGPL
To find out if your studies are equivalent to any of the Catalan official certificates, see the DGPL’s list of equivalent qualifications to the official Catalan certificates.