Città di Vicenza

Italian language courses for foreigners (english)

Aggiornato al: 15/05/2018

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.

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.


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.

Where and when

In Vicenza, tests are held in the Centri provinciale di istruzione degli adulti (Cpia) where italian language courses are also carried out:

  • at local centres Vicenza Est:scuola secondaria di primo grado Barolini, Via Palemone 20 (dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 11 alle 13; martedì, mercoledì dalle 17 alle 19), tel. 04441813190, email;

  • at local centresVicenza Ovest: scuola secondaria di primo grado Ambrosoli, via Bellini 106 (for more info about the opening hours please contact the administrative office), tel. 04441813193, email

Other bodies and associations that carry out Italian language courses without providing the certification valid for the EC residency permit for long term residents (ex residence card):

Free courses at various levels from 1 October to 31 May (with the possibility of inclusion throughout the year):
Gruppo Comunicando

  • at the circoscrizione 3, Centro Civico Villa Tacchi, viale della Pace 89 (tel. 0444222730, email on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am;

  • at the circoscrizione 7, via Vaccari 107 (tel. 0444222770, email on Monday and Thursday from 9 am to 11 am.


Free courses open all year round:
Il Mezzanino, contra' Fascina 15 (behind the main post office), tel. 0444326520, email:

Free courses from September to mid June:
Orizzonti Comuni, piazzale Giusti 23 (at the ASoC association), cell. 3771981414, email:

Free courses for women only, from September to June:
Porta Aperta, borgo Scroffa 18 (Araceli parochial house), tel. 0444514438 ,