CERTIFICATIONS FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP

According to the legislation in force, for foreign citizens applying for the Italian citizenship it is necessary to present a certificate of knowledge of the Italian language at minimum level B1 of the CEFR, issued by an institution officially recognized by the Italian government (such as CILS B1 or CELI Certifications 2) after passing a corresponding exam.

HOW THE B1-CITIZENSHIP EXAM IS CARRIED OUT?

Normally * the CILS B1-Citizenship exam consists of four phases:

  • a listening test (The candidate is able to understand the global meaning and the main information present in spoken texts of everyday and general content. time: 30 min.)
  • an understanding of reading and grammatical reflection (The candidate knows how to understand the global meaning and the main information present in written texts of everyday and general topics. time: 40 min.)
  • a written test (time: 40 min.)
  • an oral conversation (The candidate knows how to use Italian spoken appropriately on everyday subjects and familiar topics. time: 15 min.)

* Due to the COVID19 situation, in some recent sessions the exam was limited to only one oral exam.

WHEN YOU CAN’ TAKE THE EXAM?

The dates of the CILS exams are established by the University of Siena. At the ESI headquarters in Den Haag it is possible to take the CILS B1-Citizenship exam only in the months of April, June and December. IMPORTANT: you must register at least 45 days before the exam.

The dates of the CELI exams are established by the University of Perugia. At the ESI headquarters in Den Haag it is possible to take the CELI exam 2 only in the months of March and September.

HOW MUCH THE EXAM COST?

At the Den Haag headquarters, the registration fee for the CILS B1-Citizenship and CELI exams 2 and of:

  • 120 euro for external candidates
  • 100 euro for students of ESI courses

WHEN I WILL HAVE’ THE RESULTS OF MY EXAMINATION?

The results of the CILS exams are published on a reserved page on the website of the University of Siena after approx 45 days, together with the corresponding certificate in pdf format. The original paper certificates are sent by post to the ESI headquarters after at least 4 months. The pdf certificates are however valid for the citizenship request to the Italian Consular Authorities.

The results of the CELI exams are disclosed by the University of Perugia after at least 3 months and the related certificates after at least 4 months.

YOU CAN’ REPEAT THE EXAM?

Citizenship exams do not provide for capitalization. If you do not pass the exam, it is necessary to repeat all the tests and pay the exam registration fee again.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?

To pass the language exams for citizenship it is not necessary to have followed a specific course, but it is important to have a good preparation both in writing and in speaking. A teacher-assisted preparation can therefore be useful to improve certain aspects.

For this reason, ESI offers potential candidates a online meeting of a few minutes with a teacher, who will freely evaluate the level of preparation and possibly suggest the most suitable path to follow in order to be prepared for the exam. That is, the teacher will help to understand whether or not a review is needed or if it is necessary to follow a more structured course.

EXAM PREPARATION COURSES for citizenship

  • For those who do not have urgency to take the exam for the application for Italian citizenship, ESI offers regular annual collective courses for all levels (in particular: Absolute beginners, A1, A2, B1). These courses consist of 30 weekly lessons of 1,5 ore (online or in person) from the end of September to the end of May, for a total duration of 45 ore.
  • For faster courses, ESI proposes various formulas to be agreed on a case by case basis, based on a pattern like:
    • individual course – 6 lessons of 1 Now (total 6 ore)
    • course for 2 pupils – 5 lessons of 2 ore (total 10 ore)
    • course for 3 or more students – 7 lessons of 2 ore (total 14 ore)

For any information please contact ESI secretariat .