UCC Examination Centre for DITALS/CILS Certification

The Department of Italian, UCC, is the first Irish centre for the examinations for the CILS and DITALS awards of the Università per Stranieri di Siena.



 DITALS - Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language Certificates

DITALS is a professional qualification offered by the Università per Stranieri di Siena for teachers (or prospective teachers) of Italian as a foreign language. DITALS certificates are graded according to levels of competence, allowing students to prepare for those levels which best suit their professional needs. DITALS Explanation

Exam Session DITALS level I

Exam Session DITALS level II

Next Exam Session:  Please contact Gabriella Caponi [] for further information in relation to exam dates.

The application forms can be downloaded from


DITALS level I

1 category of learners €170 + €15 (admin. costs)

2 categories of learners €290 + €15 (admin. costs)


€260+ €15 (admin. costs)

It is sometimes possible for students registered for the DITALS qualification in a recognized institution to undertake a teaching placement of minimum 12 weeks (September-December, or January-March) in the Department of Italian, UCC. To be considered for such a placement, please send a full cv and two references to the Head of Department, Dr Mark Chu:



CILS – a certificate of Italian as a second language – measures and assesses the level of competence a student has reached in Italian language. It is useful for those whose work and study puts them in daily contact with Italy, or simply for those who wish to evaluate their competence in the Italian language.

The certificate awarded by the Università per Stranieri di Siena is legally recognised as an official certification of linguistic communicative competence. The Foreign Ministry, through the various cultural institutions present abroad, coordinates examination centres across the world for those wishing to undertake the CILS examination. CILS Explanation


B1 – Cittadinanza                     24 October 2019

Deadline for application:           1 September 2019

All levels                                  3 December 2019

Deadline for application:           11 October 2019  



A1 and A2            €40 [For each section in case they need to be repeated:  €12]

B1                       €90 [For each section in case they need to be repeated: €22]

B1 – Adolescenti   €70 [For each section in case they need to be repeated:  €17]

B1 – Cittadinanza €100

B2                        €105 [For each section in case they need to be repeated: €23]

C1                        € 135 [For each section in case they need to be repeated: €30]

C2                        € 160 [For each section in case they need to be repeated: €35]


For an application form and fee schedule for the CILS exams, please click here CILS Application Form


Please note we need a minimum of 10 enrolments to activate the session.

For any further enquiries regarding the DITALS/CILS examinations, please contact:

Dott. Gabriella Caponi  - Tel: 021-4902838 / email: gcd[@]


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Department of Italian


First Floor Block A West, O' Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland