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The ILCE is an international institute of research for the teaching, assessment and learning of language and culture in Spanish. It depends on the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra (Spain).

Develops its research in the field of teaching of Spanish as a second language language, bringing to classroom new pedagogical practices, innovative programs and courses and unique learning experiences in all projects and collaborations.

Since 1967, it has offered courses in language, Spanish culture, literature and history, as well as customized programs for international students and universities.

The ILCE is the delegated centre of the Instituto Cervantes for the Diploma Spanish language tests (DELE).

Since February 22, 2018, it is a partner institution of APUNE (association of American University Programs in Spain, founded in 1968).


Association of American University Programmes in Spain


ILCE's mission and vision


ILCE's mission as international research centre of the University of Navarra is the innovation and promotion of new pedagogical practices in the teaching, assessment and learning of Spanish as a second language language.

ILCE studies, analyses, develops and promotes sophisticated pedagogical activities,  coherent assessment tools e curricular innovation for courses on language and Spanish culture.

ILCE achieves its objectives by research focused on the teaching and learning of Spanish. It consists of international research teamsThe subject teams are made up of academics and experts from who have as goal to train in both the public and private sectors. These research teams innovate and advance the area of second language learning. Our international teams also offer the possibility for scholars, graduates and university students to develop their knowledge and to achieve new professional opportunities.

ILCE strives to promote the common good, promotes mutual understanding, collaboration and empathy in multilingual communities around the world through the teaching and learning of Spanish.


"To inspire researchers, learners and teachers of Spanish worldwide through innovative teaching, assessment and research practices".

ILCE aspires to be:

A significant and global partner, a partner rich in resources and talent for the innovative research which promotes the common good in the teaching and assessment of Spanish.

A centre that defines the most relevant international lines of research to promote good practices in the teaching and evaluation of Spanish language and culture.

educational centre for professionals in the field of learning, assessment and teaching of Spanish as a second language language worldwide.

A centre that offers national and international academics and students at all levels the opportunity to develop their expertise to respond to urgent social needs and labour market realities.

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