DELE Exam in Costa Rica

Costa Rica´s schools are approved by the Instituto de Cervantes as an official DELE examination Center.

DELE Exam Preparation Program

As an Instituto Cervantes Associate Center, we offer a special program for your DELE Exam preparation, the official and internationally recognized Spanish as a second language qualifications. You can either choose to study for 4 or 8 weeks depending on your Spanish level.

DELE stands for: Diploma del Español como Lengua Extranjera or Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language. These are the internationally recognized official qualifications with permanent validity granted by Instituto Cervantes.

Our course dates are bound with the official DELE exam year schedule. You can either take a 4 or 8 week course prior to the exam. Some students prefer to take the exam in their home country or not right after the course, in this case, you can book your DELE exam preparation course any time of the year.

DELE “Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera” stands for "Diplomas for Spanish as a Foreign Language" and are the only standardized certificates for non-native Spanish speakers, issued by the Cervantes Institute. Each year, more and more private companies, government offices, diplomatic agencies, universities and academic institutions require that their candidates submit tangible proof of their Spanish knowledge. The DELE certificates are official qualifications accrediting that you passed the exams and have acquired the level of competence and command of the Spanish language. The DELE certificates are of great international value and an invaluable asset with endless pay offs at academic and professional level.

To pass successfully the exam, you will receive training with different models of oral, written, and comprehensive exercises. In the course are included oral presentations, use of idioms, intonation, pronunciation, punctuation, spelling, grammar review and practice, writing of different documents, listening and comprehension activities.

Who needs the DELE certificates:

- Students that are considering studying abroad in a Spanish or Latin American university.

- Employees for International companies.

- Employees for local companies with international clientele.

- Students in the fields of medicine, social services, and education.

- Professionals of the different Medical specialties.

- Diplomatic officials and staff for diplomatic agencies.

- Individuals or professionals that are looking forward to work in a Spanish-speaking country.

- People that want to improve their CV.

Reasons to obtain the DELE Diploma (Certificate):

  • It is the only official title of accredited qualification for Spanish as a Foreign Language and Spanish as a second language.

  • The DELE Diplomas do not expire and it is not necessary to retake the exams in order to prove again the Spanish language competence acquired.

  • It is recognized internationally by private companies

  • It is recognized by Chambers of commerce.

  • It is recognized by private and public education systems.

  • It is officially recognized in a number of countries where bilateral agreements on education have been subscribed with Spain.

  • In Spain it allows access to universities, language schools and administration position at the public sector.

  • Some educational institutions have adopted the DELE certificates as a solution for their assessment needs and for the purposes of academic accreditation. In other cases, the DELE Certificates have had considerable impact on the design and planning of courses and teaching materials for Spanish as a second language. DELE certificates are complementary certifications to the programs of statutory education of foreign languages in many countries and institutions, and they are also instrumental in aiding personal promotion in academic and professional spheres. The Instituto Cervantes further undertakes to carry out negotiations geared towards increasing the international recognition of the DELE certificates.

The DELE certificates contribute to the goal of achieving a greater projection of a multilingual Europe that fosters cooperation and mobility among citizens, promoting better recognition of qualifications and educational stages, as well as a quantitative and qualitative improvement in learning the languages of the European Union.

Diplomas de Español:

  • Diploma for Beginner level: This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding and responding appropriately in most normal day-to-day situations and for expressing desires and needs in a basic way.

  • Diploma Intermediate level: This qualification validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances, which do not require specialized use of the language.

  • Diploma for Proficiency level: This qualification accredits the necessary linguistic competence to integrate in situations requiring an advanced use of the language and knowledge of the cultural customs embedded within it.

Because of the practical advantages most students learn Spanish in the examination centers of their choice. As an approved examination center, we guarantee a superior level of instruction but does not guarantee that you will pass successfully the DELE exam as this is the result of length of study and other various circumstances.

TAMARINDO - DELE Exam Preparation Program in Tamarindo

In Tamarindo we offer 2 courses as Preparation for DELE Exam:

- 8 weeks Intensive course (30 hrs/week). In this course the students participate the first 4 hours in regular group classes and the additional 2 hours are focused on the DELE preparation. Price: please ask for start dates and prices.

- 4 weeks DELE preparation course (20 hrs/week). During this course the candidates will get prepared specifically for the DELE examination.

Price: please ask for start dates and prices. Of course it is also possible to take private classes in order to get a more personalized and specialized instruction.

SAN JOSÉ - DELE Exam Preparation Program in San José

(the DELE Exam and DELE Preparation Course is offered in Tamarindo and Coronado, a town located just 10 kilometers northeast of the center of San José).

In San José there are two courses where the students will get prepared for the DELE examination: 4 or 8 weeks.

COURSE DETAILS: Group Lessons: 30 per week (50 min. each) Duration: 1, 4 or 8 weeks Levels: 6 (Beginner to advanced) Contents: DELE exam topics, examples and practices Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8:00a.m. to 1:30p.m. with two 30-minute breaks. Starting dates: Any Monday, year-round.

Prices for San José: please ask


DELE Exam dates

There are 3 DELE examinations in our schools during each year: Please ask for the dates of DELE exam for this year:

Registration for DELE Exam: please send us an e-mail