The Instituto Cervantes was set up by Spain in 1991 to promote and teach Spanish and to spread the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. It is based in Madrid and in Alcalá de Henares (in
Madrid province), the city where the writer Miguel de Cervantes was born. Instituto Cervantes centres are spread across five continents; it is found in 77 cities of 44 countries.
The Centro Virtual Cervantes, is an online service that was created to contribute to the diffusion of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.
Why study Spanish in an Accredited Centre of the Instituto Cervantes?
- Accredited Centers:
- Meet certain quality standards in the teaching of Spanish
- Meet the legal requirements for carrying out teaching activities
- Have adequate teaching resources
- Have a properly qualified and trained teaching team
- Have a teaching plan guaranteeing satisfactory progress
- Set a maximum number of students per class
- Issue certificates
- Present publicity which reflects accurately the services offered
- Outline course and supplementary services fees clearly
- Address complaints