This site uses technical and analytics cookies.
By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies.

Certifications

General information of the certifications of Italian as a Foreign Language

There are several certifications of proficiency in Italian as a foreign language offered by Italian universities.
They are addressed to citizens of foreign countries, people with Italian roots living abroad and foreign immigrants living in Italy.

Please click on the below links for further details on the exams offered by each university:

Siena University for Foreigners (CILS) – Calendar of exams HERE

Perugia University for ForeignersPerugia University for Foreigners (CELI) – List of exam centres HERE

“Roma Tre” University (IT)

Società “Dante Alighieri” (PLIDA)

Equivalence between the Certifications and the Common European Framework

CEFRL Perugia University for Foreigners Siena University for Foreigners RomaTre University Dante Alighieri
LEVEL C2
Command
CELI 5 CILS Quattro-C2 IT PLIDA C2
LEVEL C1
Advanced
CELI 4 CILS Tre-C1 —— PLIDA C1
LEVEL B2
Higher Intermediate
CELI 3 CILS Due B2 —— PLIDA B2
LEVEL B1*
Intermediate
CELI 2 CILS Uno B1 ele.IT PLIDA B1
LEVEL A2
Elementary
CELI 1 CILS A2 —— PLIDA A2
LEVEL A1
Basic
CELI IMPATTO CILS A1 —— PLIDA A1

*As of December 4, 2018 (Italian law No. 132, of December 1, 2018) an adequate knowledge of the Italian language is required for obtaining Italian citizenship pursuant to art. 5 and 9 of Law 91/1992. Adequate knowledge is defined to be no less than level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Fulfillment of this requirement is met by the acquisition of a title/certification issued by an institution of public education/educational institution or a certification issued by an authorized/recognized certifying body.