Founded in 1923, the Istituto Dante Alighieri is specialised in bringing students to CILS level – the official Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language. The school works in close cooperation with the University for Foreigners in Siena and with many other specialist academic institutions around the country. All teachers are fully certified, mother-tongue professionals. Specialist courses include Business Italian, Italian for Fashion and Design Schools and Italian for Opera Singers, as well as courses for students preparing for University admission and CILS, CELI and PLIDA exams, and teaching by Skype. The school also offers help in obtaining a student visa. The institute has examination centres in six other Italian cities and in Moscow.