About the Cervantes Institute

The Cervantes Institute, a Spanish public institution, was created in 1991 to further the teaching of Spanish and Spain’s vernacular languages and enhance the visibility of Spanish and Latin American culture. It is present in 90 cities in 43 countries on six continents.

It has two headquarters in Spain, the head office at Madrid and the Alcalá de Henares HQ. Its multimedia platform features an internet portal on language and culture in Spanish-speaking countries, the Cervantes Virtual Center.

Objectives and responsibilities

  • To organize general and special language courses in Spanish and all of Spain’s vernacular languages
  • To issue Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (Spanish initials, DELE) on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and organize the respective exams
  • To update teaching methods and teacher training
  • To support the work of hispanists
  • To participate in programs designed to enhance the visibility of the Spanish language
  • To conduct cultural activities in conjunction with other Spanish and Latin American organizations and institutions in host countries
  • To provide the general public with libraries fitted with the most advanced technologies

You are invited to visit the home page of the Cervantes Institute’s website on:http://www.cervantes.es/.

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