Aula Cervantes Institute

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Instituto Cervantes
The Cervantes Institute was founded in Spain in 1991 to promote the teaching of Spanish and to bring to light the diverse cultures of Spanish speaking countries.

The Seattle branch of the Institute, called Aula Cervantes Seattle, is housed in Room B-209, Padelford Hall. Among the Institute’s offerings, which are available to both students and teachers, are a wide selection of online Spanish language instruction programs (through the Spanish Virtual Classroom (AVE)), one classroom course in the spring, and classes to prepare for the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) Examination.

“The DELE exam is one of the most important things we do,” said Maria Luisa Migueliz, director of the UW’s Aula Cervantes. She describes it as the equivalent of a language visa, an internationally recognized proficiency certification. “If you are interested in proving your level of Spanish, if you are planning to travel or work in a Spanish speaking country, if you are applying for a job that requires Spanish knowledge,” said Migueliz, “then the DELE would be a diploma to enhance your resume and market yourself.” The next DELE exam takes place in May of 2013 with a registration deadline in April. Contact Aula Cervantes for more information.

The Institute, in collaboration with the division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the Honorary Consulate of Spain, offers a number of academic and cultural events, all of which are open to the public. Get out your calendars and start planning your winter Spanish cultural and social activities!

This quarter’s events so far include:

New Voices in World Jewish Music Series
March 14
Featuring Sephardic music artists, several of whom sing in Ladino, each event will feature a visiting artist in conversation with a faculty member to explore the historic Sephardic music traditions that have influenced their work and which they are reinterpreting for modern audiences. The artists will demonstrate some of their music as part of the conversation.
"in edit !oh,” Spanish Civil War photography by Agusti Centelles
January 22 to February 15
UW School of Art's Jacob Lawrence Gallery during Gallery hours, Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4 p.m. (

Outreach Program: Free Cine at Lakeside High School one Friday a month in collaboration with the Seattle Latino Film Festival
January 25: Maria en tierra de nadie
February 15: Postales
March 15: Harvest of Empires
Cinema: El Angel de Budapest
March 6:  Uptown SIFF Cinema, 6:00 p.m.
Book presentation by Juan Pablo De Cesare, TA at division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies (to be confirmed).

For updates and changes and for more information on locations and pricing, check the Aula Cervantes Institute in Seattle website:

You may email Maria Luisa Migueliz at


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