Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

DELE: International Spanish Exams 2020

The DELE is the official, internationally recognized qualification certifying students' knowledge of Spanish as a foreign or second language. It is issued by the Director of the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education. Examinations are held several times a year in more than 500 centres around the world, of which 17 are located in Canada. Dalhousie University offers this examination in April.

Date of the examination

Registration Deadline



Friday, April 17th, 2020

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020



$194 CAD

$216 CAD

To register candidates need:

•  2 copies of the registration form.

•  A photocopy of either your passport or any official ID document with your picture.

•  Payment (a cheque made payable to Instituto Cervantes).

Please drop off your complete registration package at:

Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies
Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building, Room 3025


Visit the following websites for more information:

Diploma de Español A1

Beginner level: You can understand and use daily expressions frequently used in any part of the Spanish-speaking world, aimed at satisfying immediate needs; asking and giving basic personal information about yourself and daily life, and interacting on a basic level with speakers, whenever they are speaking slowly and clearly and are willing to cooperate.

Diploma de Español A2

Elementary level: You are capable of understanding daily phrases and expressions frequently used related to areas of experience that are particularly relevant to you; basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.

Diploma de Español B1

Pre-intermediate/threshold level: You have sufficient knowledge of the language to allow control in situations which require a basic use of the language.

Diploma de Español B2

Intermediate level: You have the necessary knowledge of the language to allow communication in everyday situations which do not require specialized terms.

Diploma de Español C1

Upper intermediate/proficiency level: You have the ability to cope in common situations of daily life which require a specialized use of the language.

Diploma de Español C2

Mastery/advanced level: You are able to communicate in all situations requiring advanced use of the language and knowledge of cultural background.