Aula Cervantes Institute

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

The Seattle branch of the Institute, Aula Cervantes Seattle, is housed in Room B-209, Padelford Hall. Among the Institute’s offerings, available to both students and teachers, is the Diploma in Spanish as a Second Language (DELE), a certification in six levels of Spanish proficiency. Also through the center is a wide selection of online Spanish language instruction programs (through the Spanish Virtual Classroom (AVE).

“The DELE exam is one of the most important things we do,” said María Miguéliz, 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 Miguéliz, “then the DELE would be a diploma to enhance your resume and market yourself.” 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, some of which are open to the public. Most are free of charge but some need tickets. Check the website to learn about details of upcoming events.

To learn more about the Cervantes Institute, email María Miguéliz, Director of the Cervantes Institute, at