What is CILS?

The Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, or CILS) is the qualification offered by the University of Siena to foreign speakers of the Italian language, recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and often used to grant acceptance in any Italian university or higher education institution in Italy. In the year 2004, CILS was awarded of the European Language Label (ELL), a recognition of good practice in the field of innovative teaching and the promotion of foreign languages.

The qualification is officially issued on successful completion of a particular level (there are 6 levels, with A1 being the lowest and C2 the highest), as conforming with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. All examinations cover the most important abilities in language acquisition: speaking, reading, written composition, analysis of structures of communication and listening.

Who can attend CILS?

CILS examination is open to all wishing to validate their skills in Italian, prior to taking part in an exchange program, or willing to enroll in any higher education program of Italian Universities. It is also very useful for those foreigners keen on working in Italian companies abroad or in Italy, or for those who want to improve their employability by adding to their CVs an official language certification. Finally, due to recent changes in Italian immigration laws, it is now mandatory for immigrants wishing to obtain a residence permit to have their proficiency officially recognized. Once taken, its validity never expires.

How to prepare CILS examination @IDEA:

IDEA provides you with tailor-made training courses that will cater to your specific needs, if you happen to study with us for the first time. We offer to give you a free examination test (taken from the past CILS exams) to assess your effective level of the Italian language, before we design the most suitable training course for you.

Nonetheless, enrolling in our general courses will give you the big advantage of covering a curriculum of studies already customized on the structure of the CILS examination. That means that, while learning Italian @IDEA, you are also getting ready to sit the test.

Enrollment and fees

For enrollment and fees, feel free to contact us. You can also check this information on the website of the CILS centre of the University of Siena.