Diploma CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) and CILS Preparatory Courses

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Under an agreement between the University of Pennsylvania and the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy, the CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) has been activated at the University of Pennsylvania.

The official CILS Diploma, issued by the University for Foreigners in Siena, certifies your knowledge of Italian, is valid throughout the world, and does not expire (as other certificates like TOEFL do).

There are six different proficiency levels and you can take more than one diploma (e.g. after an A2 certificate you can take the exam again to get a superior level certificate):

A1 low beginner; A2 high beginner;

B1 low intermediate; B2 high intermediate;

C1 advanced; C2 proficiency

Please note that level B2 is valid also as language exam for admittance to any Italian University without the need for further testing, and that with level C2 you can apply for the position of official translator in several countries (from Italian into English).

Exam examples can be found on the website of the University for Foreigners of Siena at the following link:


Books for preparation from previous exams can be purchased here:



The CILS exam will be held twice per year. The next exam will be held December 3, 2015. Registrations for the December 3, 2015 exam will be accepted until October 23, 2015. Click here for registration information.

The duration of the exam (consisting of listening comprehensions, reading comprehensions, grammar and use of structure tests, compositions, oral interview) is approximately 6 hours.


Exam fees:

Level A1, A2USD 60
Level B1USD 140
Level B2USD 160
Level C1USD 200
Level C2USD 225

Please be informed that the CILS exam can be taken by anyone who might be interested, students and/or professionals.

Test your knowledge of Italian, get prepared to take this challenging exam, and make your CV even stronger with this Official Diploma!

For more information, please contact Marina Johnston or Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia.

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