The Instituto Cervantes was created in Spain in 1991 to promote the teaching, the study and the use of Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. It is a non-profit public body and Its Head Office is located in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), the birthplace of the universally famous writer Miguel de Cervantes. The aims of the Instituto Cervantes are to implement measures to raise awareness and improve the quality of its language and cultural activities. The work of the Instituto is directed by representatives from the worlds of academia, culture and literature from Spain and Latin America.
With seventy centres on five continents, the organisation runs Spanish courses for over 200,000 students each year and offers a range of diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), as well as issuing official certificates and diplomas to its course participants. The Instituto also provides Spanish teacher training, offers support to Hispanists and organizes many cultural events in conjunction with other relevant organisations.
In addition, the Instituto contributes to the promotion of Spanish culture abroad, through its Centro Virtual Cervantes and by carrying out projects in coordination with other relevant State bodies.
Role in EPG
The Instituto Cervantes is responsible for the translation work package.