The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) is an official certificate issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2008 the University of Manchester signed an agreement with Societa’ Dante Alighieri and it was officially acknowledged as Centro Certificatore PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri), first and only in the UK.

The PLIDA is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as a qualification that attests proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on a 6-level scale (from A1 to C2) according to the criteria established by the Common European Framework for Languages.

The Società Dante Alighieri in Manchester offers tutorial lessons – both weekly at a city centre location and by distance learning –  in preparation for all levels of PLIDA Certificates.

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The exam sessions:

For the PLIDA certificate there are two exam sessions every year (in November and May) for levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

Candidates may choose to take an exam at the level they feel is closest to their proficiency. Registration does not require having taken lower-levels tests.

The exact dates of each exam are available on the following website:

Candidates need to register approximately 30 days prior to the exam date.



Results will be notified to individual candidates within three months from the date of the exams. If the candidate passes at least three of the four required skills, s/he may repeat the exam for that skill only in the following exam session.


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