CILS Preparation Course

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Omnilingua CILS Exam Preparation CoursesThe CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) is an official qualification issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena and recognised by the Italian State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, certifying your competence in Italian as a foreign language.

CILS is required by foreign students for admission to Italian universities or to obtain a residence permit (A2 level) and Italian citizenship (B1 level).

OMNILINGUA offers a free test to assess your current level of the Italian language and to establish a study plan that enables you to reach the level you require.

Our preparation for the CILS exams course consists of four group lessons every day from 9:00 to 12:40 plus two additional individual lessons in the afternoon in which the school provides the necessary preparation and assistance for students wishing to take the exam. Furthermore, we're happy to share our advice on the choice of university and help you with admission requirements. Afternoon lessons focus on the typology of the CILS exam.

The CILS preparation takes place at OMNILINGUA in Sanremo and the examinations are held in an authorised centre, only a stone's throw from the school. To learn more about the cost and the annual dates of the different CILS sessions, please visit

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The courses are divided into 6 main levels according to the common European Reference Chart for language knowledge (CEFR): basic (A1), elementary (A2), intermediate (B1), high-intermediate (B2) and advanced (C1). The school is aware that students learn at different paces and some might need more or less time to move on to the next level. Therefore some students may advance to the next level during the course. All the participants, at the end of the course, will receive a certificate displaying the course they have attended, the respective dates and the level they have achieved.
In the following section, you will find a brief description of the different levels, according to the common European Reference Chart for language proficiency (CEFR):

The Basic level is for students who do not have any knowledge of the language.
The Elementary level is for students who have a limited comprehension of the language and are already capable of making simple sentences.
The Intermediate level is for introducing students to more complex grammar. There is a focus on vocabulary and this allows the comprehension of more complex topics. At this level the students are encouraged to discuss and debate on several topics of common interest.
The Upper-intermediate level is aimed at those students who already have a good knowledge of the language and good vocabulary. Advanced grammar, phonetics and a specialised vocabulary are the fundamentals to this course. The students have many opportunities to talk about more complex topics.
In order to follow this Advanced course, the students must have an advanced language proficiency in Italian. Several aspects and uses of the language will be explored in order to enhance fluency in conversation.
A C2 level is essentially a native level. It allows for reading and writing of any type on any subject, nuanced expression of emotions and opinions, and active participation in any academic or professional setting.