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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Take the DELE Exam at Durham

Spanish language examinations (DELE)

Date: Saturday 10 November 2018 [written exam]; 5 - 10 November 2018 [oral exam]

Location: Durham

Fees: Dependent on exam level

What is the DELE?

DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is a Diploma of Spanish as aForeign Language,issued by Instituto Cervantes, onbehalf 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 inthe public civil service sector, and in educational institutions.It can help employment prospects and access to furthereducation.

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.Description of each level can be found on page 3.
You can find out the level most suited to you, and familiarise yourself with the format, by checking past exam papers at

How long are the exams?

The duration of each exam depends on the level. Please see details in the DELE Exam Format brochure

When and where are the exams held?

The written exams take place in Saturday 10 November 2018 and the oral exams take place between 5 and 10 November 2018 both at Durham University.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the exam depends on the chosen level. The fees in November 2018 are:

DELE A1 £100
DELE A2 £120
DELE B1 £130
DELE B2 £150
DELE C1 £160
DELE C2 £170

Fees are inclusive of VAT.

How and when do I register?

Registration will take place from now till Friday 12 October 2018 at 4.00 p.m.
You will be able to enrol and pay online via the link on the right hand side of this page

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.

Terms and Conditions

Link to DELE official website:

For further information, please contact :
Dr Penélope Johnson, DELE Examinations Officer
Teaching Fellow, Department of Hispanic Studies
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Durham University, Elvet Riverside
Durham DH1 3JT Tel: +44(191) 334 4665


Register for the exam now