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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

DELE exam at Durham

Important update on future DELE examination sessions

Due to the temporary suspension of face-to-face assessment activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently able to provide information as to when the next DELE examination session will take place at Durham University. We will however update this page as soon as we are able, so do please check back. If you would like to receive updates by email please contact

You may also wish to check the Instituto Cervantes website for general updates.

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.

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:
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.