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CELI Certification


CELI is an official title that declares the degree of communicative competence in Italian as a foreign language.


To obtain a residence permit, it is necessary to take the CELI 1 exam.

The Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) recognizes CELI 3 as proof of proficiency in the Italian language and is valid for purposes of enrollment in an Italian University in Italy. CELI 4 and CELI 5 are valid qualifications for certifying proficiency in the Italian language on equal terms as native speaking Italians.

CELI is divided into 6 proficiency levels based on the model of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR). They are issued by the University for Foreigners of Perugia and are recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each level attests to a specific communicative ability that can be applied to different situations and contexts.

CELI certification is for those who study Italian and simply want to measure their competence, for those who want to enter the world of work, for non-European students who want to enroll in a university course in Italy and for migrants who want to apply for a long term residence permit.

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