Italian language courses – F.A.Q.

Italian language courses – F.A.Q.

Are you looking for an Italian language course? 


Frequently asked questions about our courses


Where are Comune di Milano Italian Courses held?

 Viale Gabriele D’annunzio 15:

 Viale Murillo 17:

 Corso XXII Marzo 59:

 Via Guglielmo Pepe 40:

 via Alex Visconti 18:


Where do I find the timetable of your courses?
Look up at these links to find out the Italian language courses offered by each School

XXII Marzo


When do they start?
With the exception of the summer months – June, July and August – they are held throughout the year.


How are they organised?

The courses are arranged in modules of 60 hours. The length of each course depends on the number of weekly hours (see table). Most courses are programmed either twice or three times weekly. Some centres organise weekly courses of 8. Check our website or contact the individual centres.

What time are the lessons at?
6 hour weekly courses are held in the mornings (e.g. 9:00-11:00, 11:00-13:00, 9:30-12:30).
4 hour weekly courses are held in the mornings, early and late evenings (e.g. 17:00-19:00, 19:00-21:00, 17:30-19:30, 19:30-21:30).


How much do they cost?
Each module costs € 94 which includes the final test but not the textbook (price range €15-€30).


How come it costs so little?
The cost of the courses is almost completely subsidised by Comune di Milano (Milan City Council) in order to give non-Italians a chance to enrol in our adult education courses.


Who can enrol?
You must be at least 18 years old with a knowledge of the Western Alphabet.


How many students are there in each class?
From a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 14.


Do I need any documentation to enrol?
Any identity document (passport, identity card or driver’s licence), and for those from outside the EU a Residency Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) or proof of application. And if you already have one, an Italian tax number (codice fiscale).

How do I enroll?

Absolute Beginners. If you never studied Italian before you may choose any of our “principiante assoluto” courses: they are named modulo 1 followed by a letter that indicates the different classes of the same level. If you are an absolute beginner you don’t need to take the entry test.

1. Fill in the registration form at this link: area riservata

2. Contact the Secretariat (email or phone) of the School where you want to enroll

Other Levels. If you have some knowledge of the language (not just some words), you will be asked to do a test to ascertain your level. The tests are cost free and are held in presence at school with our teachers.

1. Fill in the registration form at this link: area riservata

2. Login and book the entry test at this link:

Click Lingua and choose TEST ITALIANO, then click Sede (the School you are interested in), Giorno (the date) and Orario (the time) for your test.  After booking the appointment for the test you will quickly receive confirmation by email. If you can’t find any dates, please contact the School (email or phone) to be sure enrollments are open.

3. Go to the School at the fixed date. The test will take about 1 hour and consists of a written and an oral part. Please remember to bring your personal ID/passport.


How do I pay?

You may pay at school by a credit or debit card (Bancomat), or in any Post Office using the form provided by the Centre (the receipt of payment slip to be returned to the Centre within three days). Cash payment is not accepted.


Are the lessons in the “principiante assoluto” course held in Italian?
From the outset Italian is the language used in all our courses.


How many levels are there?
There are 10 levels. From “principiante assoluto” (level 1) to “avanzato” (level 10) which reflect the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.


As an absolute beginner how long will it take me to attain A2 level?
That’s really up to you and how you apply yourself. However, a 6 hour weekly course should take six months while a 4 hour weekly course should take eight.


Can I move up a level on completing the previous one?
Yes, of course. At the end of each module there is a test to move on to the subsequent one. When possible they are usually scheduled with similar times as the level just passed.


Could I skip a level if my Italian gets better?
Yes, you can, but you’ll need to speak with your teacher.


Is there any certification?
We will provide you with a certificate of enrolment and certificate of attendance. On passing a test at the end of a module you will be given, on request, certification to attest the level attained.


Can I obtain CILS certification while attending the courses?
Yes. Students in levels 4 through 10 may, if they wish, apply for the summer session of the exam. This must be done by the end of March, and the exam is held at our centre at Viale Murillo, 17. For any other session (February, April, July or December) you will need to contact other exam centres in Italy. CILS certification is issued by Università per Stranieri di Siena, and are made available in November.


Do the courses allow me to apply for a Student’s Residency Permit (permesso di soggiorno per studio)?
No. The minimum number of weekly hours required is 20.


Can I use the level A2 certificate to request a long term Residency Permit?
No. Certificates issued by Comune di Milano are not valid in this instance. Please refer to CPIA (Centri Provinciali per l’Istruzione degli adulti), Università per Stranieri di Siena e di Perugia, or Società Dante Alighieri.


If for some reason I can’t attend the course could I get my money back?
No, money is only reimbursed if any particular course fails to be activated.

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