Erasmus+ language assessment and online language courses
If you go on a study exchange or internship 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 in the language that will be the main language of the course or internship. This language must be stated in your scholarship application.
The test is available for all European official languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Estonian, Spanish, Finnish, French, Irish Gaelic, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish.
If the main language of the course or internship is not covered by OLS, you are not required to take a language assessment.
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.
If you have been nominated to go abroad with Erasmus+, you will receive an email 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 in the sense that 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. They may be used by Lund University to identify the students most in need of linguistic support, however.
- See a comprehensive user guide for the language test on the OLS website
- See how the CEFR levels are defined on the Council of Europe's website
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 internship, 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, prospective exchange students are to contact erasmusstudier [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se, and prospective interns are to contact erasmuspraktik [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.