All language levels in this document refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):
- Students at the Faculty of Philology of the UCM who are studying subjects in which the vehicular language is not Spanish must also demonstrate a basic knowledge of Spanish (level B1) so that they can participate in the academic and social life of the university. Erasmus and visiting students wishing to improve their level of Spanish can register for courses at the Centro Complutense para la Enseñanza del Español (for further information and prices, please go to: www.ucm.es/ccee ).
- We prefer the SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española; siele.org) as proof of proficiency in Spanish, but we will accept certificates issued by the Cervantes Institute, the Centro Complutense para la Enseñanza del Español or the university of origin. Certificates of proficiency levels in the four skills issued by the university of origin must be drafted in Spanish. If not, a translation into Spanish must be provided.
- Ambiguous language certificates or those drafted in any language other than Spanish will not be accepted and would imply the need of providing the results of the SIELE (www.siele.org) for admission.
- Students whose level of Spanish is clearly lower than that stated on the certificate from the university of origin will be required to take a placement test at the Centro Complutense para la Enseñanza del Español. For further information and prices of the test, please visit our web.
- Students declaring Spanish to be their mother tongue are exempt from providing certification of their level in the language.
- Officially recognised certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, Zertificat Deutsch, DELF, DALF, CELI, etc.) and those from the university of origin are accepted for all other languages. If language certificates are not originally in Spanish, a translation must be provided. Students declaring a modern language to be their mother tongue are exempt from providing certification of their level in that language.
- Students who do not provide certification of the required language level at the time of application will not be admitted.
- All levels are understood to be "consolidated" or "completed.” This means that if level B2 is required under no circumstances will a certificate for level B2.1 be accepted.
These requirements received approval from the Board of the Faculty of Philology on 21 October, 2015. The translation of the original Spanish document into English was revised in November 2016 and minor modifications were introduced for purposes of clarity.