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Spanish for foreigners

The educational offer of Spanish for foreigners is large. There are four major groups of schools that offer Spanish. Let us know them.

Instituto Cervantes

It is the official Spanish institution for the dissemination of Spanish culture abroad and in Spain.

It is present in all five continents. Do you want to know the nearest Cervantes center to your city? Click here.

The Cervantes Institute organizes intensive courses of Spanish of 20 to 30 hours, conversation (15 hours), language and Spanish culture and preparation for DELE Diploma.

They also offer other courses: Spanish culture, folklore, internships, preparation for other certificates, sports, gastronomy or literature.

And, of course, online courses through Spanish Virtual Classroom (AVE)

In this platform, you can do courses for children and younsters ¡Hola, amigos!

The Instituto Cervantes (IC) issues on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Government of Spain, the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) and organizes examinations for obtainingthese diplomas in collaborating centers.

DELE preparation courses. What are the DELE?

Many times you have to credit your knowledge of Spanish by an official degree.

The DELE are official qualifications that certify levels of competence and command of the Spanish language andare recognized internationally. They are valid indefinitely and make it easier to get a  study visa for Spain, as they prove proficiency levels into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of Council of Europe.

The tests are held worldwide and Spain. Prices are unique to all centers and collaborators themselves. Click here for more information:

The Cervantes Institute works with a large network of centers throughout the world. In the Finder 'The Spanish in Spain' search centers in Spain. And this symbol Logotipo del Instituto Cervantes reducido, letra ñmeans that the Institute ensures quality conditions.

“Practica español!” If your level is advanced, you can work with this website: . Learn with real news and different topics.

It lets you read, listen, play, learn and participate through exercises that they propose you. It has an instant dictionary, Spanish-language music videos and it alsoallows to  learn by watching the best ads in Spanish. Finally, you can test your wits with riddles and learn the popular sayings or proverbs.



Almost all Spanish universities programmed Spanish courses for foreign university students and non-university students.

Apart from the courses, many universties offer other optional services, such as accommodation in a university residence or family, health insurance, tours and excursions to nearby places of interest, film and dance, or additional travel preparation.

You can find all Spanish universities here


The “cepas”

Another interesting and very cheap deal is offered by the Centers for Adult Education. They offer courses in multiculturalism and they program Spanish courses for foreigners at different levels. These centers are dependent on regional governments. You can find all the regional departments of education here


“Universidades populares”

And the latest offering that we present you is the Universidades Populares. There are not universities, but local cultural centers and closely related to the socio-cultural animation and its methodology. In a neighborhood setting, you can participate in the Spanish course for foreigners. On the website of their federation, you can search Universidad Popular of the town that interests you.



Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ayuntamiento de Albacete

Published: Wed, 11/03/2015 - 12:44

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