The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, are official qualifications accrediting levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.
- Diploma de Español Nivel A1 (Starter level): This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for a very basic range of the most commonly simple expressions used in the Spanish-speaking world and in order to satisfy inmediate needs of a concrete type.
- Diploma de Español Nivel B1 (Inicial / Beginner level): This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding and responding appropriately in most normal day-to-day situations and for expressing desires and needs in a basic way.
- Diploma de Español Nivel B2 (Intermedio / Intermediate level): This qualification validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances, which do not require specialized use of the language.
- Diploma de Español Nivel C2 (Superior / Proficiency level): This qualification accredits the necessary linguistic competence to integrate in situations requiring an advanced use of the language and knowledge of the cultural customs embedded within it.
The University of Salamanca collaborates with the Instituto Cervantes in the development of the examinations and in the marking of the examination papers.
The Instituto Cervantes also offers both online — through its virtual campus: Aula Virtual Cervantes (AVE) — and on-campus courses for the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) issued on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and accredited in most Spanish-speaking countries.
It also has courses in Spanish for Special Purposes (business, international trade, law, etc.) at its different locations, and Associated Centres.
In Australia, the Instituto Cervantes is to be found at:
22-24 City Road, Chippendale NSW 2008
Tel 02 9274 9200
Fax 02 9274 9222