Obtain the Spanish citizenship / nationality

Important: you must obtain both certificates (DELE and CCSE) BEFORE you apply to the Spanish citizenship.

General information about the Spanish citizenship

In October 2015, the following laws will come into effect:

  • Law 12/2015, dated 24 June, to concede the Spanish nationality to Sephardic Jews originating from Spain.
  • Law 19/2015, dated 13 July, about measures regarding administrative reforms in the sector of the Justice and Civil Registry Department, which in its seventh final disclosure regulates the procedure to obtain the Spanish citizenship by residency.

Both laws require passing the two exams developed and administered by the Cervantes Institute as well as Spanish Language Centers recognized by the Cervantes Institute and members of the FEDELE association:

1. The exam that certifies a basic knowledge of the Spanish language: Spanish language certificate DELE A2 exam or higher.

2. The exam that certifies specific knowledge of the Spanish Constitution as well as the social and cultural actuality of Spain: CCSE exam (Constitutional and y Sociocultural Knowledge of Spain).

For further information please consult: https://ccse.cervantes.es/que

Who can apply for the spanish citizenship?


For further details regarding the requirements for the process of obtaining the Spanish citizenship, please visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Justice.

Who is exempt from these requirements?

Persons who hold the citizenship of countries or territories where Spanish is the official language, are exempt from the Spanish language exam DELE.

Minors and persons in care of others are exempt from both exams.

Where can I prepare the exams and where can I take them?

In TANDEM Madrid. Since 2000, TANDEM MADRID is a Spanish Language Center recognized by the Cervantes Institute and, as such, forms part of the Network of Associated Centers, which can be joined by those centers who comply with the quality standards established by the Cervantes Institute in its QUALITY ACCREDITATION SYSTEM FOR ELE CENTERS, the only existing international quality certification which is exclusively focused on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

As a language center recognized by the Cervantes Institute and as an associated school of FEDELE we are authorized to:

1. Offer preparation courses for the DELE A2 exam as well as the CCSE exam.

TANDEM MADRID is an official Enrollment Center for DELE exams. If you want to take your DELE exam in Spain, you can enroll directly on the official website: DELE/ FEDELE

2. We are an authorized exam center for the CCSE exam, which means you can take your CCSE exam at our school, if you wish to do so.

Spanish via Videoconference

Spanish via Videoconference

Preparation course for the DELE A2 Exam

Preparation course for the DELE A2 Exam

Preparation course for the CCSE exam

Preparation course for the CCSE exam

Not sure about which course to choose?

Contact us for a personal counselling. Our staff will help you to find the perfect course for you.

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If you sign up before May 31: free registration.
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