Exciting! CIA Exam is available in these 17 Languages


CIA exam languagesThe CIA exam information in this website is applicable to North America. The following countries have separate CIA certification process. Please contact the local IIA representatives for more information.

CIA Certifications Around the World

If you don’t see your country listed above, use the main US website for registration.

Source: IIA global website

A Note on CIA Exam Languages

The CIA exam is offered in Arabic, Chinese (traditional), English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Thai.

CIA exam language options are available in every Pearson VUE centers, except for Thai, which can only be taken in testing centers in Thailand. The choice is slightly less for specialty exams.

I am Bilingual. Which Language should I Choose?

My general recommendation is this: if you have a reasonably good command of English comprehension (e.g. reading a page of New York Times without much struggling), take the original English version.

I have readers reporting frustration in the translated version of the exams. The questions can be complex, and the exact meaning is somewhat lost in translation.

Having said that there are different school of thoughts. We have a lively discussion in the comment section here:

How to Approach the CIA Exam as a Non-English Speaker

The same issue applies to the review courses as well. While major review providers may have translated courses in selected languages (e.g. Spanish), my readers don’t seem to like it. If your English is good enough, I would stick with the original version.

Are You Getting Started?

If you are about to study for the CIA, it’s a great time to check out our free mini course. You may also want to sign up directly below:

More Questions?

About the Author Stephanie

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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  • Salima H Simiyu says:

    I want to register for CIA part 1 exams, I cannot see Kenya on the list provided

  • Qais says:

    Hi i want to register to CIA exam but there is no Afghanistan on the list
    Thanks … ?

  • Prem Raj says:

    Hello Stephanie…

    You are doing a good job. Appreciate. I am a qualified chartered accountant (CA) from India. I have four years experience in accouting and internal auditing. I am planning to do cia to open up myself for international opportunities. My queries for cia.

    1. Can I take up cia from Australia.
    2. If yes then can I write exam in Dubai.
    3. what are the Chances of getting a job in australia.

    Pls do reply

    Thanks a ton..

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Prem, you can do 1. and 2. but there isn’t a benefit to study or sit for the exam in a specific country. If you study and take the exam in India, the CIA qualification will still be recognized in Australia or Dubai.

      This relates to your question on 3. on landing a job in Australia. The CIA qualification is a global vs local qualification, it helps if you have an IA opportunity in Australia, but you can’t rely on this to get a job there. Hope it helps. Regards, Stephanie

  • Gagan verma says:

    hello stephanie…

    i have completed my b.com from ignou university just now and also have experience in auditing of two years so am i eligible for appearing level 1 of CIA.
    kindly consult me about this.



  • Franny says:


    I live in Germany, my supervisor will sign the required experience form. However, I would like to be licensed only in the States, not in Germany. Is it possible to take the CIA exam in Germany and hence meet the CIA exam requirements only based on IIA (US) – e.g. only 3 parts of exam instead of German 4 parts -?

    (A Little Background info – I am a US-German and went to School in the States).

    Thanks a lot,


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Franny, I didn’t even know the German version remains to be 4 parts… I am not sure how this can be done to be honest. Maybe you can contact IMA (US) directly? Email is good because you can keep record of the correspondence. Regards, Stephanie

  • Rachelle says:

    Hi, I wanted to check the specific information regarding the Philippines but there is no hyperlink or clickable link in the listed countries, although the Philippines is there.

  • Hamdi says:

    Is there a difference between the english version and other languages?
    or is it a translated version of the exam?

    Thanks a lot

  • Oneeka says:

    I am interested in becoming a CIA but I only have a bachelor’s degree with no work experience in auditing.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Oneeka,
      To take the CIA exam, a bachelor degree is sufficient to get qualified. So no worries about the audit experience although in the future you do need to accumulate that to get the CIA certification. Regards, Stephanie

  • adedunni says:

    J am a Nigerian with B.sc accounting.I am interested in taking the CIA exams.I have 4yrs experience in auditing.can I sit for the exam in the us.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Adedunni, sure you can take the exam but you don’t need to fly to the US for this. It’s a global certification and it’s the same cert regardless of your exam location.

  • Ahmed says:


    I have one question

    If I took the exam in Arabic and finalized whole three parts. Do I will receive my CIA certificate in Arabic or English? and his will be approved from local CIA institution or from IIA global?


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Ahmed, it will be the same certification ๐Ÿ™‚ All certification is the same globally and is granted by the headquarters. My understanding is that the local chapters are more for networking and some location administration. Regards, Stephanie

  • Jessi says:


    I have a bachelors degree in accounting obtained from a foreign country university. I also worked more than 5 years for a big 4 outside the US.

    My question is if my bachelors degree and work experience from outside the US would count towards the CIA requirements ?

    Now I live and work in internal audit, and looking to pursuing the CIA. TIA

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Jessi, definitely, while the IIA is headquartered in the US, the CIA is a global certification. It is the gold standard in the internal audit niche so if you are in the industry, definitely go for it! Stephanie

  • Gautam says:

    i did b.com from india. I have one year experince as a internal auditor. Can i give cia exam from india.

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