Taalhuis Amsterdam collaborates with the University of Siena for the CILS
The CILS Centre is a research centre aimed at planning, developing, producing
and administrating and validating the CILS certification.
The CILS certification is a qualification issued by the university which declares
the level of linguistic and communicative competences in Italian as a foreign
language. The exams are designed to assess how learners use Italian to
communicate in real-life situations.
The CILS exams offer an ample range of levels and uses that correspond to
increasingly ample degrees of competence and to different social contexts of
language use. There are six levels, following the guidelines in the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages: level A1, level A2, level ONEB1, level TWO-B2, level THREE-C1, level FOUR-C2.
CILS is a member of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and
Assessment) and founding member of the CLIQ (Italian Certification of Quality).
Why choose the CILS certification to certify your competence in Italian at
– guarantees the assessment of your competence in Italian as a foreign
language: all our exams are aligned with the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard for describing
– is chosen each year by thousands of foreigners, young people and adults, in
Italy and abroad; the exams open doors to higher education, such as
enrolment in Italian universities, to visa and residence permit, improve
employment opportunities, and increase choice for study or work, and can be
used in any further area in which a certain level of proficiency in the Italian
language is required;
– exams are held at our Taalhuis location which has been carefully examined
and selected according to standards of quality and transparency and
Registrations for the exams (and the necessary documents) must be sent in at
least 60 days before the exam date. You can register via our website or contact