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School of HumanitiesDELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera

The University is a centre for the examination in the Spanish Government’s official Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE - Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera).

The exams are the official accreditation for the degree of fluency of the Spanish exams. They’re issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport of Spain and are organised by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca.

Examinations are held twice a year, in May and November.


The examinations are offered at six levels:

A1 (Acceso - Elementary)


A2 (Waystage)


B1 (Inicial - Intermediate)


B2 (Intermedio - Advanced)


C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency Level)


C2 (Superior – Highest Level)


Exam dates

Exam sessions take place at the University of Strathclyde.  The enrolment period for the November exam is now closed.  The date of the May 2022 exam will be advertised as soon as it becomes available. 

New online preparation courses for the DELE exams

The next session starts on 19 July 2021 and will have a duration of 15 weeks.

These new online courses are aimed at prospective candidates for the DELE exams.

They will cover the different proficiency levels described by the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.

Who are the courses for?

Please note that these courses are aimed at familiarising learners with the format of the DELE exams and prepare learners to sit the exam

What is the fee?

The fee per course is £250.

We are now offering a 20% discount for Strathclyde Staff and Students.

When do they run?

The courses will run twice a year in late January/early February and late July/early August will last 15 weeks.  The next course starts on 19 July 2021.

How is the course taught?

The course will be delivered online although to improve your oral skills there will be some group sessions via Skype meetings (virtual lessons).

You’ll be able choose your own timetable and the only thing you need is the use of a computer with access to the Internet.

The computer platform used for these online courses is moodle, which is very user-friendly. It allows a frequent and personalised interaction between tutor and learners, and amongst the learners themselves.

All the materials will be provided and available in moodle at the start of the course. These include a variety of exercises and activities: reading comprehension, productive writing, listening comprehension, role-plays, a student forum, external links, etc.

Will I get a certificate?

When the course is completed, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance. 

Enrol for the course

Enrol for the DELE preparation course via our online shop