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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.

What is DELE?
DELE (Diploma de EspaƱol 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, Durham, DH1 3JT, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3459

To view the official DELE website, please visit the following links: