For some students studying Spanish and mastering the language is not enough. They also need an official certificate that is recognized internationally to document the level they have achieved.
DELE – Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diploma of Spanish as a foreign language) – is one of the most highly regarded certificates, both academically and in the business world. The diploma is issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The program is administered by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca, Spain.
At Ixchel Spanish School, DELE preparation courses are available year round and you can begin your course whenever it's convenient for you. We have preparation courses for students of all levels, from beginner to superior.
The DELE exams themselves, however, are given only five times a year, in April, May, July, October and November. If you cannot be in Antigua Guatemala on one of these dates, we will refer you to a DELE exam center in your home country where you can take the exam.
The DELE preparation courses are taught by some of our most senior and experienced teachers. Whether you take the DELE exam in Antigua or elsewhere, we will make sure you're well prapared and pass the exam with flying colors. So far all of our students have passed and we work hard to maintain our perfect record.
Ixchel's teachers are all native Spanish speakers and have received extensive training. Most of the teachers have more than five years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign students, some have been with Ixchel since the school was founded in 1999.
Read more about our Spanish teachers.
The DELE exam is available on six levels, from beginner to superior:
The exams include grammar and vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, writing and oral expression. All parts of the exam are given on the same day.
In 2017 D.E.L.E. exams are given on the following dates:
Friday, 7 April 2017
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Registration Deadline: 15 February 2017
Saturday, 13 May 2017
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Registration Deadline: 29 March 2017
Friday, 14 July 2017
Levels: A2, B1, B2, C1
Registration Deadline: 24 May 2017
Friday, 13 October 2017
Levels: A2, B1, B2
Registration Deadline: 30 August 2017
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Registration Deadline: 11 October 2017
My Spanish lessons were wonderful. My teacher was great and I would highly recommned her to others. She was patient yet pushed me when I needed it. I'm very thankful to have been taking lessons at Ixchel. The teachers, school and staff were truly amazing.
It has been wonderful living here and taking classes here has made my experience fantastic. I’m very happy that I chose Ixchel. I wish I could stay longer!
Beth ReingruberIllinois, USA
Over the course of four weeks and eighty hours of one-on-one Spanish tutoring at Ixchel, my conversational skills have grown more than I could have imagined. The school has really developed an efficient and fun study environment and a curriculum that easily conforms to any level of language proficiency.
The professors and the secretary are wonderful and helpful, and the school is located in a perfect part of town. If I had the time, I would extend my course with Ixchel for several more months. I cannot advocate enough the power of language immersion on a daily basis, and Ixchel is the perfect place to begin.
Kevin FritzCalifornia, USA