CILS Certification

The Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) issued by the Università per Stanieri di Siena are titles that attest to the proficiency level of a student in Italian as a Foreign Language. Potential recipients include foreign citizens, Italian citizens residing abroad (of Italian origin), and foreign immigrants in Italy. No previous degree is required to take the exams.


The level B1 Adult CILS certification from Università per Stranieri di Siena for adults is being offered at Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Los Angeles on  December 2 & 3, 2021. If you miss the December session, the next session for B1 Cittadinanza test is scheduled for February 17, 2022 Possession of a B1 Citizenship certification is now necessary to receive Italian citizenship if you are marrying an Italian or seeking residency.

More Information and To Register
Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
Enrollment Form
Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena- Information for candidates


Franklin Elementary School in Glendale is an authorized testing center for CILS to administer the certification exam to children.

The A1 Bambini certification exam and the B1 Ragazzi certification exam will be given on December 3, 2021.

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