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Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)

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About the exam

DELE are official Spanish language certificates issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education. They are recognized internationally and do not have an expiry date. 

Exam Dates UC3M in 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021: level A2*no vacancies*

Friday, April 09, 2021: levels A2*no vacancies* and B2

Saturday, May 22, 2021: levels A2 and B2

Friday, July 09, 2021: levels A2, B2 and C1

The schedule will depend on the number of candidates enrolled and candidates will be informed a week in advance. 


Registration for the exam

The enrollment window for all 2021 exam dates will open on November 11, 2020.

To enrol to take the exam in Spain, enrollment and payment can only be done electronically through the website of the Instituto Cervantes. You have the direct link in the column to the right.

Enrollment deadline:

  • February exam: January 13
  • April exam: February 10
  • May exam: May 12

Enrollment will be open until the date mentioned or until places are complete

Cost of each exam:  

  • Level A2  130€
  • Level B2 190€
  • Level C1 205€

Preparation courses

Exam Preparation Courses (20 hours)

This course is aimed at those who wish to take the DELE, and who already have a A2, B2 or C1 level, and who want to prepare the exam specifically.

In order to sign up for the course, students are required to obtain level B2 or C1 on the level test which will be available during the enrollment period. 

The teachers are DELE examiners and will give students essential information for each of the four parts of the exam: reading comprehension, written expression and interaction, listening comprehension and oral expression and interaction.

In addition to learning techniques for each exam paper, candidates will also do exam simulations.

*The enrollment in the course does not include registration for the exam or the exam fees*

Online preparation course for July 2021 exam           

  • Dates: 07 June - 07 July
  • Days: Monday and Wednesday
  • Schedule: 15:30 to 17:30
  • Enrollment period: Closed
  • Fee: 180 € (UC3M) / 230 € (General public from outside UC3M)

Cancellation and refund policy

The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of students.

The course and the candidate’s admission will be confirmed by email after the registration deadline.