Spanish World: Hong Kong's only Cervantes Institute-Accredited School

What is the Cervantes Institute?

The Instituto Cervantes is a global nonprofit organization, founded by the Spanish government in 1991.  It is tasked with promoting the Spanish language and diverse Hispanic cultures, and is the largest such organization in the world, operating in 44 countries.

The Cervantes Institute provides the “sole international accreditation for institutions teaching Spanish as a foreign language” (cervantes.es) and their quality seal is an indicator of a school’s professionalism.  Only 4 schools in Asia have received this distinction and we are proud to be one of them.

How did we earn our accreditation?  After a rigorous application process, complete with on-site inspections, we demonstrated to the Cervantes Institute that our school:

  • Complies with the legal requirements established to teach.
  • Has a syllabus that guarantees an adequate learning process for students.
  • Has a team of qualified teachers.
  • Follows a methodology adapted to students’ needs.
  • Carries out assessments of programs and courses.
  • Promotes the sitting of the examinations leading to the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELEs) by students at the Centre itself or at neighbouring Centres.
  • Provides guidance to students in progressing in their learning of Spanish.
  • Has equipped classrooms and adequate facilities for teaching purposes.
  • Has agile procedures to obtain the opinion of users.
  • Answers students’ complaints and demands.
  • Offers a complete and detailed information on the courses and services it offers.
  • Advertise its offer in a truthful manner.

What exactly are the criteria to earn the Cervantes Institute Quality Seal?

The Cervantes Institute accreditation process consists of a system of conditions, requirements and indicators that must be met by schools engaged in teaching Spanish as a foreign language (ELE). It entails passing an exhaustive assessment of academic programs, teaching standards, facilities and equipment, administrative organization and information and advertising.

It is thus a means of ensuring high standards of quality in Spanish language teaching, both in Spain and abroad, a uniform system of language learning at each level, and guaranteeing the complementary services and activities offered by each centre.

Where can I read more about the Cervantes Institute?

Are there similar organizations to the Instituto Cervantes?

Yes!  Other governments have founded nonprofit organizations tasked with promoting their native cultures, as shown here:

As a student why should I care in which center I study?

If you decide to learn Spanish in an officially accredited school you’ll be assured of the services of a team of qualified teachers who will guide you throughout your course of studies, and who will adapt to your needs and respond to your queries. All these schools carry out assessments of their syllabuses and programs. They have properly equipped classrooms, provide detailed information on their services, and value the opinions of their users.

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