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Accreditation Requirements for Spanish Schools

Accreditation is an internationally-recognized mark of quality. Expanish Accreditations in Barcelona consists of a formal process of review whereby the accredited entity determines whether a particular Spanish school has satisfied the entity’s expectations and standards. Only once that determination has been made is accreditation awarded. By the mark of an entity accreditation, students can expect the highest quality offerings, standards of service, and professional care.

Accrediting bodies review Spanish schools for the following features:

  • Qualified Spanish language teachers
  • School premises with properly-equipped classrooms and a highly effective learning environment
  • Accommodations that are regularly inspected for safety and suitability
    24-hour supervision of young students on junior programs
  • Advertising and marketing that accurately represents the services provided

Why Choose an Accredited School?

Choosing an accredited school ensures that students receive the highest standards of academic excellence, professionalism, and personal service. These standards of quality are consistently maintained via a process of reevaluation that requires the school to pass updated accreditation reviews every few years. In this way, students benefit from the both the requirements sent by the accredited entities as well as the school’s internal measures of excellence and service.

Expanish Accreditations

Expanish Accreditations in Barcelona has received are confirmations that Expanish employs highly qualified professional teachers providing high-quality academic services in environments conducive for learning and language improvement. We invite you to peruse the accreditations received by Expanish to date to better understand the level of service that Expanish provides.

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

ACTFL is a membership organization of over 12,500 language educators and administrators from primary through graduate education dedicated to promoting and improving language education throughout the world. ACTFL establishes professional standards and proficiency guidelines that its partner entities must meet to receive accreditation. Expanish is proud to be an affiliate partner of ACTFL and join in its commitment to raising the standards for language education.


Bildungsurlaub allows German citizens to train professionally abroad during the course of a week in study centers authorized by the government of the region of Germany in which they reside. Expanish is proud to be an accredited school offering these particularized courses to Germans who are looking to take advantage of Bildungsurlaub. The following are the current accreditations by region: Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hessen, Niedersachsen.


Expanish is an accredited provider for CSN, which provides grants and loans for Swedish students to study abroad in a variety of subject matters. Since 2015, Swedish students have been able use CSN scholarships to participate in Spanish language classes at Expanish.

DELE (Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera)

The DELE is a language proficiency exam created by the Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish government that issues official titles certifying degrees of competence and mastery of the Spanish language. The DELE is internationally recognized as a demonstration of command of the Spanish language and can be granted to any citizen of a country in which Spanish is not an official language. Expanish proudly offers official courses for DELE preparation and certification.

IALC (International Association of Languages Centres)

IALC is an international non-profit association whose work focuses on the accreditation of language centres around the world teaching the language of their native country. IALC bestows accreditations on schools that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching standards and service, unique character, and a connection to their local community. IALC accreditation emphasizes the importance of cultural participation and immersion for all levels and ages of students, and guarantees that its accredited schools provide professionalism, personal attention, and an exceptional learning experience.

IIE (Institute of International Education)

IIE is an educational non-profit organization founded in 1919 that focuses on the international exchange of people and ideas through advancing scholarships, building economies, and promoting access to opportunities. Expanish is committed to hosting international students and promoting the teaching of the Spanish language abroad. Expanish is proud to be an IIE Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner working to help reach the goal of 100,000 exchange students between the United States and Latin America by 2020.

SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española)

Expanish is an official preparation and testing center of the SIELE, a Spanish language certification exam that authenticates a degree of proficiency in the Spanish language as approved by the Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Salamanca, and the University of Buenos Aires. Expanish guarantees standards of quality both in the preparation of the exam and the opportunity for individuals to earn accreditation in Spanish language proficiency to be used in future academic and professional endeavors.

ST Star Awards

The ST Star Awards recognizes excellence in a variety of categories including international education, marketing, and communication innovation. In 2018, our school in Buenos Aires demonstrated its superior level of service and unique offerings in being the only school in Latin America to receive a nomination for the Study Travel Magazine’s Star Spanish School Award. This year marked the 8th consecutive year that Expanish has received this nomination. In 2012, Expanish won the award becoming the first Spanish school in Latin America to do so.

Trip Advisor

Expanish currently holds a TripAdvisor perfect score of 5.0 for its school in Barcelona.