In order for foreign citizens to integrate into Italian society, it is important that they can speak Italian. This enables them to become part of their local community and to communicate effectively – to express themselves and to understand others.
By law, foreigners must show that they know Italian to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level A2.
This involves passing a test.
Who must take the A2-level Italian language test:
- foreign citizens seeking a long-term EC residence permit (the former residence card)
- foreigners arriving in Italy after 10 March 2012 who have signed the “Integration Agreement” and must learn Italian in 24 months.
Read the Interior ministry integration agreement
What to do
To take the test, you must register on the Interior ministry website http://testitaliano.interno.it.
After you have registered, the ministry will tell you when and where to take your test.
In Vicenza, tests are held at the Vicenza Est and Vicenza Ovest permanent local centres (CPIAs).
If you have already gained an A2-level qualification in Italian after attending an Italian language course at the CPIAs, then you do not have to take the test.
To learn Italian, you can take the free courses run by local-government bodies and associations.
Where and when
- Centro Provinciale di Istruzione degli Adulti (C.P.I.A.) di Vicenza Est at scuola secondaria di primo grado Barolini, Via Palemone 20
(dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 11 alle 13; martedì, mercoledì dalle 17 alle 19)
tel. 0444 1813190, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Centro Provinciale di Istruzione degli Adulti (C.P.I.A.) di Vicenza Ovest at scuola secondaria di primo gradoAmbrosoli, via Bellini 106
(per conoscere gli orari contattare la segreteria)
tel. 0444 562487, e mail email@example.com
- Gruppo Comunicando
Villa Tacchi, viale della Pace 89
mob.: 329 741 4050
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free courses at various levels from 1 October to 31 May at the district-3 offices at Viale della Pace 89 or at the district-7 offices at Via Vaccari 107
- Il Mezzanino
contra' Fascina 15 (behind the main post office)
tel.: 0444 326 520
e mail: email@example.com
Free 4-month courses open all year round
- Orizzonti Comuni
piazzale Giusti 23 (at the ASoC association)
mob.: 377 198 1414
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free courses from September to July
- Porta Aperta
Borgo Scroffa 18 (Araceli parochial house)
tel.: 0444 305 366 or 347 318 4299
e mail: email@example.com
Free courses for women only, from September to June