Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

Logo_DELE_CMYKExtraordinary DELE call

This call is both general and extraordinary for any candidate who wishes to take a level A2 DELE examination of Spanish.

Registration and payment of the fee for the February extraordinary examination is completed on a centralized system at https://ccse.cervantes.es. Only those candidates who register via these means from January 12 until February 1, 2016 will be admitted. The registration fee for this is 124 €.

The extraordinary examination will be held on February 19, 2016. All persons registered for it will be informed about the examination’s time and location.

General examination calls Examination dates Registration periods
May 2016  May 21, 2016

(A2, B1, B2, C1)

 February 15 through

April 13, 2016

November 2016

November 20, 2016

(A2, B1, B2, C1)

February 15 through

October 19, 2016

Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles that certify degrees of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. There are five annual calls for DELE examinations, occurring in the months of April, May, July, October, and November. The Miguel Hernández University of Elche is an examining center for the Instituto Cervantes, and is therefore authorized to offer these examinations. The calls offered at the UMH in 2016 are those of May and November, in addition to the extraordinary examination call of February.

Applicant requirements

When registering, applicants must demonstrate that they are not citizens of a country where Spanish is an official language.

Citizens from Spanish-speaking countries and residents in countries where Spanish is not an official language may register if they meet at least two of the following conditions:

1. Spanish is not the native language of either of the applicant’s parents.
2. Spanish is not the first language the applicant learned.
3. Spanish is not the applicant’s normal language of communication.
4. The applicant did not receive any part of their primary or secondary education in Spanish.


Interested individuals may register either at the Service of International Relations or at any of the campus management centers the UMH has at each of its four university campuses. The registration periods are from February 15 through April 13 for the May examination call, and from February 15 through October 19 for the November examination call.

Service of International Relations
Edificio La Galia, primera planta
Avda. de la Universidad, s/n
03202  Elche (Alicante), Spain
Tel: +34 96 665 8710
Fax: +34 96 665 8705
Email: apoyolinguistico@umh.es

UMH campus management centers

Elche Campus

La Galia Building
Avenida de la Universidad, s/n
03202  Elche (Alicante), Spain
Tel: +34 96 665 8774
Email: cgc.elche@umh.es

Orihuela Campus

School of Engineering of Orihuela
Ctra. de Beniel, km. 3.2
03300  Orihuela (Alicante), Spain
Tel +34 96 674 9601
Email: cgc.ori@umh.es

Faculty of Social and Legal Science of Orihuela
Plaza de las Salesas, s/n
03300  Orihuela (Alicante), Spain
Tel: +34 96 674 9833
Email: cgc.ori@umh.es

Sant Joan d’Alacant Campus

Edificio I
Ctra. Alicante-Valencia, km. 87
03550  Sant Joan d’Alacant (Alicante), Spain
Tel: +34 96 591 9394, +34 96 591 9417
Email: cgc.sjuan@umh.es

Altea Campus

Faculty of Fine Arts
Calle Benidorm, s/n
03590  Altea (Alicante), Spain
Tel: +34 96 685 9131
Email: cgc.altea@umh.es


Hoja-de-inscripción (DELE Registration Form, in Spanish) duly completed, available at any of the four UMH campus management centers (Altea, Elche, Orihuela, and Sant Joan d’Alacant). Its English version is available HERE.

Original and photocopy of a photo ID document that lists the following:

  • Nationality.
  • Location and date of birth.
  • Receipt certifying payment made for the registration fees.
  • A Signed Declaration, if necessary, stating fulfillment of at least two of the conditions described in the applicant requirements.

Once the applicant has registered, they will be given a stamped copy of their registration form. Fifteen days prior to the date of the examination, the official examination call will be sent by registered mail, and it will list the location, date, and time of the examination, in addition to the registration code assigned to the applicant.

This code will permit consulting the exam results online once they have been published on the Instituto Cervantes webpage.

Examination fees

  • Level A2: 124 euros. Payment of the fee must be completed on a centralized system at https://ccse.cervantes.es.
  • Level B1: 160 euros
  • Intermediate Level B2: 188 euros
  • Advanced Level C1: 197 euros

The following fees apply to students at the UMH on international mobility programs:

  • Level B1: 136.00 euros
  • Intermediate Level B2: 159.80 euros
  • Advanced Level C1: 167.45 euros

Fee payment

Paying for the exam is accomplished by making a deposit in the account the Miguel Hernández University has at any CAM, BANCAJA, BSCH, or Caja Rural bank office using RECIBOS UMH (UMH Receipts), which is available HERE. On the screen that first appears, click Otros Servicios from the Tipo dropdown menu. Then, click Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) Instituto Cervantes from the Subtipo dropdown menu. Fill in the necessary information, click Continuar, and print out the receipt. Take this receipt to the bank, and pay for that. The receipt may be paid between February 16 and April 8 for the May call, and then until October 14 for the November call.


Once registered, the applicant is not entitled to a refund of the registration fee unless they announce their intention to withdraw from the examination at least 31 days prior to the examination date.

If such announcement is made between 30 and 15 days prior to the examination date, they will receive a refund of half their registration fee.

Necessary documentation for taking the exam

  • Stamped copy of the Registration Form (Hoja de Inscripción).
  • Passport or photo ID (the same one used to register).
  • Official exam call, sent from the Miguel Hernández University.


The examinations consist of various parts, organized into two groups.

In order to receive A Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, a passing grade must be earned for each group in the same examination call. The final grade given is either PASS or FAIL.

Notification of examination results

The Instituto Cervantes publishes the examination results approximately three months after the date of each exam.

Further information

Instituto Cervantes

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25 January 2018