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CILS - Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language

The Italian Cultural Institute in Melbourne offers CILS (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language). The CILS certification is a qualification which declares the level of linguistic and communicative competences in Italian as a foreign language. The CILS is awarded by the University of Siena for Foreigners and is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What is this for?

The CILS is useful for those who study Italian, who work and study within an Italian context, and for those who wish to evaluate their Italian language skills. Each CILS level refers to the ability to communicate in different contexts and situations.


Dates, exams and fees

Dates exams

Deadline to apply


30 May 2019 

26 April 2019 by 1.00pm

A1 / A2 / B1 / B2 / C1 / C2

B1 Citizenship

A1 e A2 Children

A1 e A2 Adolescents

25 July 2019



 21 June 2019 B1 Citizenship

24 October 2019 

13 September 2019


B1 Citizenship 

3 December 2019 

22 October 2019

A1 / A2 / B1 / B2 / C1 / C2

A1 e A2 Children

A1, A2 e B1 Adolescents

B1 Citizenship


Exam’s Fees



Fee for each component to repeat

Level C2 (CILS Quattro)

€ 160 

€ 35

Level C1 (CILS Tre)

€ 135 

€ 30

Level B2 (CILS Due)

€ 105 

€ 23

Level B1

€ 90 

€ 22

Level B1 Adolescents

€ 70 

€ 17

Level B1 Citizenship

€ 100


Level A2

€ 40 

€ 12

Level A1

€ 40 

€ 12

How to apply for the exam

The application form must be completed and sent to IIC Melbourne with a photocopy of an identification document (such as passport or driver’s license) by the deadlines specified for each session.
In addition to the exam fee, an additional administration fee of $120 per candidate is payable to the IIC to sit the exam. For those candidates who are repeating components of the CILS exam and therefore do not need to sit the full exam, the administration fee payable to the IIC is reduced to $70.
> Download the Application form

Payment method

Cash, Credit card, Eftpos, Bank transfer.

Bank Transfer Account Name: Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
BSB: 063-170 Account No: 0000 0015


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