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Citizenship certificates - CCSE & DELE

In October 2015, two new laws go into effect that modify the requirements to qualify for Spanish citizenship. Among other requirements, both laws call for a pass mark on the exams designed and administered by the Cervantes Institute: DELE Spanish diploma (level A2 or higher) and Test on constitutional and sociocultural aspects of Spain-CCSE.

* Minors and persons under guardianship are exempt from the two exams. Those who have citizenship in countries or territories where Spanish is the official language are exempt from the DELE (exam determining command of the language).

For further information, you can check:

- The Cervantes Institute website

- The Minister of Justice website.


For issues or emergencies, please contact:

- The Cervantes Institute (Phone number: 91 436 76 00), or

- The University of Deusto (Phone number: 94 413 90 36)

Please contact the University of Deusto only during Office hours:


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Test on constitutional and sociocultural aspects of Spain-CCSE (this exam demonstrates candidates' knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and aspects of Spanish culture and life)

The Knowledge test on Spanish Constitution, Society and Culture (CCSE, in Spanish) is conducted by the Cervantes Institute. It consists of 25 closed-ended answer questions, 15 of which must be answered correctly. Sixty per cent of the questions are on matters regarding the Spanish government, law and citizenship, and the remaining 40% is on Spanish culture, history and society.


Registration and payment for exam (85 euros) must be made online at the Cervantes Institute website:

Registration entitles candidates to sit two exam sessions, both at the same center. If the certificate is not obtained in the first sitting, candidates will have a second opportunity to sit the test within the 18 months after the first sitting, without having to pay another fee.



  • Exam venue: University of Deusto (Bilbao and San Sebastian campuses).
  • Price: 85 €.
  • Exam dates:
    • September 27th, 2018 (Registration deadline: September 6th)
    • October 25th, 2018 (Registration deadline: October 4th)
    • November 29th, 2018 (Registration deadline: November 8th)
  • More information: 944139092 during office hours (*)


Once the test has been made, the Cervantes Institute will publish the results and will inform each candidate by email, within approximately 20 days. Candidates have one month from the publication of the results to submit a request for exam revision, if required.

Candidates can have access to their electronic certification for the CCSE test in their private area at: This Digital Certificate has an official character, as it is electronically signed by the Cervantes Institute. This certificate is valid for 4 years.

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DELE Spanish Diploma

DELE Spanish diploma, level A2 or higher (exam which demonstrates command of the Spanish language):

  • Registration to sit the exam at the University of Deusto: registration procedure is exclusively online:
  • Exam venue: University of Deusto (San Sebastian and Bilbao campuses).
  • Price: 124 € (2018 examination calls).
  • Upcoming Examination Calls:
    • September, 2018: September, 14th
    • October, 2018: October, 5th (Bilbao Campus)
    • November, 2018: November, 10th

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SOCIAL AND HUMAN SCIENCE DEPARTMENTAvda. de las Universidades 2448007 Bilbao, España
Tel.: (+34) 94 413 90 92
Office hours: Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm
NATIONALITY EXAMS: DELE, CCSEAvda. de las Universidades 2448007 Bilbao, España
Tel.: (+34) 94 413 90 36
Office hours: Mondays through Friday from 9 am to 1:30 pm