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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

DELE exam at Durham

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

Date: Saturday 23 November 2019 [written exam]; 18 - 23 November 2019 [oral exam]

Location: Durham

Fees: Dependent on exam level

DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, issued by Instituto Cervantes, on behalf of the Spanish government.

Why get the DELE?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, with approximately 400 million native speakers. It has official status in 21 countries.
The DELE is the only internationally recognised Diploma of Spanish. It is recognised in the commercial and business world as well as in the public civil service sector, and in educational institutions. It can help employment prospects and access to further education.

What levels are available?

There are six levels, based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. A description of each level, exam formats and lengths can be found on the official DELE website.

When and where are the exams held?

The written exams take place in Saturday 23 November 2019 and the oral exams take place between 18 and 23 November 2019, both at Durham University.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the exam depends on the chosen level. The fees for the year 2019 are:

£100 £120 £135 £155 £165 £175
Fees are inclusive of VAT.

How and when do I register?

Registration is now open and will be active until 9 October 2019 at 4.00pm. Registration is a two part process. Please follow the instructions below, and complete both steps. They are applicable to all levels of the exam.

Registration Step 1

Click below and select your level of exam. Complete the registration form. You will then be directed to a page to enable you to make payment of the fee.
Please note we are managing bookings through an internal system. Please ignore any references to 'new learners', other courses and other languages or categories, as these are not applicable to the DELE exam.

Registration Step 2

Download and complete either the Spanish or English version of the Cervantes Institute form below, save locally to your computer and then email to
You will also need to provide 2 photocopies of identification documentation. The ID document must include a photograph and full name, nationality and date of birth. Information supplied on the candidateĀ“s enrolment form must correspond with that on the ID document.

Terms and conditions

Please see terms and conditions as detailed in the Cervantes Institute forms above.

Please contact:

Mari Carmen Maya Medina, DELE Examinations Officer
Assistant Teaching Fellow, Department of Hispanic Studies
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Durham University, Elvet Riverside
Tel: +44(191) 334 3459

To view the official DELE website, please click the following links:
To view Elvet Riverside on the map below, please click on the symbol to the left of 'Durham University - All Facilities' to expand the map's menu. Elvet Riverside can be found in the 'University Buildings' category. Please note that Elvet Riverside 1 and 2 occupy the same site and the buildings are connected inside.
Download DELE examination information below

DELE exam preparation

Find out more

We will organise a free Q&A session to explain the exam format and discuss exam preparation. The session will take place after the end of exam registration. Details of dates and venue will be communicated to candidates registered for the exam.