Language courses in Italy


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Learning Italian language as a TCN

National education system and private associations provide different options to foreign citizens living in Italy to attend free courses to learn the Italian language.

The CPIA, Permanent Territorial Centres for Education and Training in Adult Age are public institutions, in which state teachers operate, also supported – according to the different needs – by experts and external collaborators, to provide cultural, educational and training activities to adults.

The Italian language courses of the Permanent Territorial Centres for Education and Training also include civic education information concerning citizens’ rights and duties.

All foreign nationals aged at least 16 may attend CTP courses. At the end of the course, a certificate on the knowledge of the Italian language is received.

It is also possible to receive an Italian language certificate by attending a free Italian for foreigners course within an association that signed suitable agreements with one of the four Certifying Authorities recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Education (University for Foreigners of Perugia – CELI Certification, University for Foreigners of Siena –CILS Certification, University of Roma Tre- IT Certification, Società Dante Alighieri- PLIDA Certification) or with a Permanent Territorial Centre (CTP).

The Italian language certificate complies with the classification on the level of knowledge of Italian falling within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (

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