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Italian language courses for foreigners (english)

Aggiornato al: 18/06/2013

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:

  1. foreign citizens seeking a long-term EC residence permit (the former residence card)
  2. 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

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 (CTPs).

If you have already gained an A2-level qualification in Italian after attending an Italian language course at the CTPs, 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

  • Gruppo Comunicando
    Villa Tacchi – Viale della Pace 89
    mob.: 329 741 4050
    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
    Contrà Fascina 15 (behind the main post office)
    tel.: 0444 326 520
    Free 4-month courses open all year round
  • Orizzonti Comuni
    Piazzale Giusti 23 (at the ASoC association)
    mob.: 377 198 1414
    Free courses from September to July
  • Porta Aperta
    Borgo Scroffa 18 (Araceli parochial house) 
    tel.: 0444 305 366 or 347 318 4299
    Free courses for women only, from September to June

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