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Italian CILS

We are a centre for the La Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS) internationally recognised Italian language exams organised by the University of Siena (Italy). We run language courses that can help you prepare for these examinations.

Examinations take place in June each year, with registration during March through to April 2020.

Examinations cancelled for the academic year 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all examinations for the academic year 20/21 are cancelled, in line with ongoing Government and University policy.

We expect to hold these exams again in 2022.

For any queries please email

Exam fees


Practice papers

Practice papers are available from the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The Università per Stranieri di Siena has produced a guide (in Italian only) to the language skills tested for each paper. There is also information for candidates on how to prepare.


To register for the exam please complete and return the registration form. Please provide a photocopy of photo ID (passport, driving licence etc) with your registration form and payment. To pay by credit/debit card, please email us to request this service. The deadline for enrolments is 22 April 2020.

Upon successful registration you will receive a confirmation of enrolment. Closer to the examination date you will receive a statement of entry confirming the exam date and time.


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