The programs available at the Center for Hispanic Studies (CEH) of the Rovira i Virgili University are cross-disciplinary. The catalog ranges from programs in Spanish language and Hispanic culture, which are intended to assist international students to acclimatize to their new surroundings, to postgraduate teacher-training courses for future teachers of Spanish as a foreign language.
Also available are State-recognized Spanish-language courses, language vacation programs, courses to prepare students for the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) of the Instituto Cervantes, intensive Spanish courses, tailor-made study abroad programs and Catalan courses organized by the URV's Language Service.
The URV has been involved in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language since the 1990s when it organized its first three-level Spanish Course for Foreigners (17-28 July 1995) and the 30th Symposium of the European Association of Spanish Teachers (23-30 July 1995).
In 2000 the URV created its own Master's in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Since 2007 this URV-endorsed Master's has been offered online following the introduction in that year of the Official Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish or English).
In 2005 the URV created its highly successful Training Program in Spanish for Chinese students. In 2011 this program was awarded the Vicens Vives Award for Teaching Excellence from the Government of Catalonia for its originality and sound academic judgment. For information in Chinese about the URV click here.