CILS – Certificate of Italian as a Second Language


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CILS measures and assesses the level of competence a student has reached in Italian. It is awarded by the Università per Stranieri di Siena and it is legally recognised as an official certification of linguistic communicative competence. The CILS Centre in the Università per Stranieri di Siena is an institutional member of the European Language Testing Association (EALTA) and an affiliated member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). For more information about the exam levels, please visit the CILS webpage at the Department of Italian:


To complete your application please email and with the details below:
Country of residence (if not Ireland)
Telephone number
Copy of passport

Any questions regarding the exam should also be directed to the above email addresses.


Please note that the Department of Italian will receive your contact details so as to email you with any necessary information regarding the exam.