Accreditations and Memberships

Affiliations and recognitions of Italian schools for foreigners in Italy

In the description of each school, you will also find a section on accreditations and memberships. What are they, and what do the abbreviations mean? With this brief guide, we aim to help you navigate and choose an accredited Italian language school for foreigners that suits your needs.

Trade Associations

National associations of Italian language schools for foreigners bring together the majority of private schools in Italy, which can join these associations by demonstrating their adherence to the respective criteria of quality and regular teaching activities. Over the years, three major national associations have been established. All associations guarantee strict quality control of their member schools, offer continuing professional development for Italian language teachers as a second language, and serve as a reference point for students before, during and after their Italian course in Italy.

Other associations

Acknowledgements and Accreditations

Below, we provide a list of acknowledgements and accreditations granted by both Italian and foreign public institutions. These certifications validate the quality of the Italian language courses offered or, more generally, verify the value of the courses attended for professional training purposes.

Certifications of knowledge of the Italian language

Official certifications of Italian language proficiency are essential for various purposes, such as university enrollment, Italian citizenship applications, or enhancing personal skills and one's CV. We provide below a list of the most significant and widely recognised certifications, all of which are endorsed by the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and are affiliated with the CLIQ (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità) consortium.

Certifications for teaching Italian as a foreign language

There are also certifications for teaching Italian as a foreign languageplatform also offer teacher training courses and the possibility of taking the respective exams directly on site, recognised by the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Teachers can obtain qualification for teaching through these exams. Some of the schools on our platform also offer teacher training courses and the possibility of taking the respective exams directly on site.

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