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Diploma CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) and CILS Preparatory Courses
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).
In spring 2014, two CILS Preparatory Courses will be offered at the B2 and C1 levels by Rita Pasqui, Lecturer in Italian at the University of Pennsylvania and Cultural Officer at the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia. The courses will introduce students to the CILS testing methods and offer them the opportunity to concentrate and improve on those areas of the Italian language they find most difficult. The course is opened to anybody who intends to take the CILS exam, current students and/or professionals. The course fee is $200.
The C1 preparatory course will be held on Mondays 5:00-7:00pm, Jan. 20-June 2, in Williams Hall 214 - 255 S. 36th Street. The B2 preparatory course will be held on Fridays 5:00-7:00pm, Jan. 17-May 30, in Williams Hall 214 - 255 S. 36th Street.
To register for the course download and print out the registration form pdf at the bottom of this page. Mail the form with a check covering the course fee to be paid to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania with the memo CILS Course. The check must be sent no later than Apr. 24th to
Center for Italian Studies at UPenn
Williams Hall 549
255 S. 36th Street
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 June 5, 2014. Registrations for the June 5, 2014 exam will be accepted until April 24, 2014.
The duration of the exam (consisting of listening comprehensions, reading comprehensions, grammar and use of structure tests, compositions, oral interview) is approximately 6 hours.
|Level A1, A2||USD 70|
|Level B1||USD 145|
|Level B2||USD 168|
|Level C1||USD 213|
|Level C2||USD 250|
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!
|CILS Jun2014Prep Course Registration.pdf||171.84 KB|