FAQ – Italian As A Second Language

Where are Comune di Milano (City of Milan) Italian courses held?

Corso XXII Marzo 59, tel. 02.88465554/5

Viale Gabriele D’Annunzio 15, tel. 02.88448569

Viale Murillo 17, tel. 02.88440133

Via Alex Visconti 18, tel. 02.88465588


When do they start?

With the exception of the summer months – June, July and August – they are held throughout the year. However, most courses start at the end of September/beginning of October.


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 held either twice or three times weekly.

Some centres organise weekly courses of 8 or 10 or 12 hours. Check our website www.lingueincomune.it or contact the individual centres.

hours per week number of weeks number of months length of course number of hours Fee
4 hours per week 15 4 1) September-February

2) February-June

60 € 95
6 hours per week 10 3 1) September-December

2) January-March

3) March-June

8 hours per week 8 2,5 1) September-December

2) December-February

10 hours per week 6 2 1) September-November

2) November-December


What times are the lessons?

You may find the full timetable of courses in Italian as a Second Language on this website page , on the left, by clicking Italiano -“Corsi,orari e data inizio”. Courses are held from 9.00 a.m. until 7.30 p.m., mainly in the morning and early evening.


How much do they cost?

Each module costs € 95.00  which includes the final test but not the textbook (prices range €15-€30).


Why do the courses have such competitive prices?

The cost of the courses is almost completely subsidised by Comune di Milano (City of Milan ) 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 Latin Alphabet; for those lacking this the Comune di Milano (City of Milan) runs literacy courses at the Centre of via Fleming, 15 (tel. 02 88441458). See below for the ID required


Do I need any  specific documents to enrol?

Some form of identification (passport, national identity card etc) is required, and for those from outside the EU a Stay Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) or proof of application for this /visa is needed. Documents must be valid for the entire period of the course  attended.

And if you already have one, an Italian tax number (codice fiscale).


How many students are there in each class?

From a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 18.


How do I enrol?

Follow these steps:

  1. Fill in the registration form at this link ………….
  2. Wait for the email confirming your registration (if you don’t receive it, please check your spam folder)
  3. Now, with your account, book the entry test at this link:https://www.attivitaformativeincomune.it/PrenotazioniAttivita/Prenotazioni . Click “attività” and choose a SEDE  (ie. Centre), a date and a time for yor test. You will receive confirmation of your booking.

4.Take the test at the fixed date.

 Absolute beginners must register, but they do not have to book the test; a brief interview with the teacher will do.


How do I pay?

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


 Which course suits me best?

If you have no knowledge at all of Italian you may choose any of our “principiante assoluto” courses (level 1).

If you have some knowledge of the language you will be asked to do a test to find your level. The tests are free and are held at various times of the year. Contact one of the Centres to find out the dates.


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 reach 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 next one. When possible courses are usually scheduled at similar times to  the level just completed.


Could I skip a level if my Italian gets better?

Yes, you can, but you’ll need to speak with your teacher, usually at the beginning of a new academic year.

Can I obtain some form of certificate?

On request, 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 a statement indicating the level attained.


Can I take the CILS examination while attending the courses?

Yes. Students from levels 4 through 10 may, if they so wish, apply for the summer session of the exam. This must be done by the end of March,an examination fee must be paid, and the exam is held at our Centre at Viale Murillo, 17 at the beginning of June.

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 Stay Permit (permesso di soggiorno per studio)?

No, they don’t. To obtain one the minimum number of weekly hours required is 20.


Can I use the level A2 certificate to request a long-term Stay Permit?

No, you can’t. Certificates issued by Comune di Milano are not valid in this case. Please refer to the websites relating 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 I have enrolled in and paid for, is there some way I can obtain a refund?

No, unfortunately not. Fees are only refunded when a planned course can no longer be held.