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

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Vincenzo Rustico, Campo di Siena

Under an agreement with the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy, the University of Pennsylvania is an official CILS testing site.

The CILS Diploma (Certificate of Knowledge of Italian as Foreign Language), 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 from Italian into English, in several countries.

This semester, a preparation course at the B1-C1 level is offered on Mondays 6-8pm, September 26-November 28. Download the registration form and email it to johnston@sas.upenn.edu by Sept. 23.

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 is held twice per year, in June and December. The next exam will be held December 1, 2016. Registrations for the December 1, 2016 exam will be accepted until October 17, 2016. Click here for registration information. The following exam session will be June 8, 2017.

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


Exam fees:

Level A1, A2USD 80
Level B1USD 140
Level B2USD 160
Level C1USD 190
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, johnston@sas.upenn.edu, or Lillyrose Veneziano-Broccia, lillyros@sas.upenn.edu.

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