Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Examinations leading to Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

DELE examinations

Every year since 1999-2000, the Instituto Cervantes has entrusted the URV to organize and run the official Examinations leading to the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE). The DELE are official qualifications that accredit various levels of Spanish-language  competence and proficiency following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) of the European Commission.

The examinations comprise a series of tests to evaluate the candidates' competence in the various language skills. In order to obtain a Diploma at any level of competence, candidates must pass each group of tests during the same examination session.

The Center for Hispanic Studies (CEH) registers and examines every candidate who takes any of the tests at any session. We conduct and evaluate the oral examinations at every session and organize face-to-face and online courses to prepare candidates for these examinations.

The URV currently administers the examinations for the following levels:

The DELE are recognized internationally by universities, public and private companies, chambers of commerce, public and private education systems, international cooperation agencies, organizations such as the CEOE (Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain), official language schools, and foundations. They are increasingly required internationally by universities and companies and their validity never expires. The price of these examinations is set annually by the Instituto Cervantes.

Dates of the exams on the Spanish version of the website