Languages Service | CEU UCH

Learning a second language is one of the best ways of improving your employability. To help you achieve this goal, we can provide you with language training and enable you to gain qualifications across the different language levels of the CEFR (the Common European Framework for Languages).

We run language courses for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Chinese, which are open to all our students, to the university community and even to those not affiliated with the CEU UCH. In order to ensure our students are able to grasp the professional opportunities in today’s globalized job market, we have also implemented innovative ventures such as The Hub 101 and we organize exams at the University at discounted prices for those who wish to gain language qualifications.

Servicio de idiomas CEU-UCH

Authorised examination centre

The Languages Service has been recognized by a range of institutions as an authorised examination centre for official language qualifications.


Spanish Association of Language Centres in Higher Education


European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education

DELE Cervantes

DELE examination centre

British Council

Partnership with the British Council for the preparation and organization of Cambridge exams as part of the Addvantage programme


Examination centre for the SIELE Spanish language exam


Examination centre for the CCSE Spanish culture exam – necessary for Spanish nationality applications

We are also an institutional member of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment

The Hub 101: a place for interaction

Hub 101

The Hub 101 is a lively environment aimed at facilitating interaction and contact between Spanish and international students – all in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the classroom.

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Our team

The Director of the Languages Service is:

Alicia Mª Aranda Quesada
Luis Campos Górriz building
C/ Luis Vives, 1
46115 Alfara del Patriarca
Tel: 96 136 90 00 Ext: 2010

The other team members are distributed across the different campuses as follows:



C/ Luis Vives, 1.
46115, Alfara del Patriarca (Valencia)
Tel. 96 136 90 00

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Spanish as a foreign language: internal exams and courses. Instituto Cervantes exams

Raquel Nielfa Toribio

Spanish for specific purposes. Coordination of The Hub 101

Daniel Garijo Toledo

Internal English exams and courses: TIFG and Erasmus tests

Sara Mª Matoses Jaén

External English exams: CertAcles and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Internal language exams

Christopher Lewis



Plaza Reyes Católicos, 19
03204 Elche (Alicante)
Tel. 96 542 64 86

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Head of the Languages Service in Elche

Ana Bella Muñoz Navarro

Teaching of English and Spanish

Beatriz Chico Rico



C/ Grecia 31
Ciudad del Transporte II
12006 Castellón
Tel. 96 437 24 02

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Head of the Languages Service in Castellón

Anne Scharfenecker

Exclusively for undergraduate students

  • Online training: DEXWAY
    DexwayLearn a language using multimedia content – the perfect complement to classroom-based courses. You can access it via your intranet, on the Servicio de Idiomas (Languages Service) tab.
  • Classroom-based training – English:
    The student regulations of the CEU UCH, state that, before students can register for their end-of-degree project (TFG), they must have achieved a B1 level in English. To help you meet this objective, we can offer you English classes at A2 and B1 levels.
  • Classroom-based training – Spanish:
    A range of different degrees require international students to achieve sufficient proficiency in Spanish to be able to operate successfully in practical sessions and internships and to fulfil academic requirements in this language. To help you do this, we offer Spanish classes for each degree programme, from an A1 level up to B2.

For more information about the different kinds of language training we can offer you, go to the Servicio de Idiomas tab on the intranet..

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Open to everyone: university community and the general public


We offer 80-hour preparation courses for the CertACLES B1 and B2 exams, working on the four skills corresponding to different parts of the exam. You will also be given insights into how to successfully approach the exam.


  • DELE: Exam techniques
  • Intensive Spanish course
  • Academic Writing in Spanish
  • Spanish for Health Sciences
  • Tailored Spanish


There are language courses for the CEFR levels of C1 (Suficiència, Mitjà) and C2 (Superior). These courses can be undertaken in two different ways:

  • Specific semester-long courses (CEFL). These are usually announced in December and take place between February and May.
  • Integrated annual courses (CIFL). The C1 language training course forms part of the programme for Capacitació de Valencià (CCEV, training course for teaching in the Valencian language), as part of the Competencia Lingüística (language skills) module. The C2 course forms part of the Diploma de Mestre de Valencià (DMV, diploma for the teaching of Valencian in primary education), in the form of the Competencia Lingüística (language skills) module. Registration for these courses is open between May and July, with places filled on a first come, first served basis. The courses run from October to April.

For more information, send an email to:


We run intensive 10-week French courses at the A1 and A2 CEFR levels. The focus will be on the four linguistic skills: writing, speaking, reading and listening.


We run intensive 10-week Italian courses at the A1 and A2 CEFR levels. The focus will be on the four linguistic skills: writing, speaking, reading and listening.


We run intensive 10-week German courses at the A1 and A2 CEFR levels. The focus will be on the four linguistic skills: writing, speaking, reading and listening.


Elementary Chinese and Chinese Culture: a beginner’s course in the language and culture of China, in which students will learn pronunciation techniques, how to write Chinese characters and discover elements of Chinese culture.

Exclusively for undergraduate students

  • TIFG exam (End-of-degree English test):
    The TIFG exam, or end-of-degree English test, verifies whether students have sufficient knowledge of English to be able to register for the end-of-degree project or TFG. This is a compulsory requirement for all CEU UCH undergraduates studying in Spanish who began their studies before 2016.
  • ECIE exam (Spanish language skills test):
    This university-internal exam assesses whether students have attained a CEFR B1 level in the Spanish language. International students who are not native speakers of Spanish must reach this level of ability in order to be able to successfully deal with practical sessions, internships and classes in Spanish.
  • Language tests for ERASMUS grants
    In collaboration with the International Relations Office, the Languages Service organizes these language tests, which students wishing to receive an ERASMUS grant must pass.

For more information about the different exams we organize, go to the Servicio de Idiomas (Languages Service) tab on the intranet.

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Open to everyone: university community and the general public


  • At the December 2015 meeting of the Accreditation Commission of ACLES, the Spanish Association of Language Centres in Higher Education, CEU-UCH was recognized as an official ACLES examination centre for B1, B2 and C1 English exams for the 2016-2017 academic year. The committee renewed this accreditation for the 2017-2018 academic year at its December 2016 meeting. This means that CEU-UCH can issue the corresponding certificates with the CertACLES logo.

    Certificates with the CertACLES logo are recognized as evidence of ability in foreign languages by the Valencian Department for Education (Conselleria d’Educació, Investigació, Cultura i Esport), in accordance with Decree 61/2013 of 17th May, and also by other organizations.

    Language Level Exam date Registration Period
    English B1 1st of December
    25th of May
    1st of October to the 19th of November
    1st of April to the 13th of May
    English B2 30th of September
    21st of April
    15th of July to the 15th of September
    19th of Febraury to the 9th of April
  • Cambridge English exams: PET, FCE and CAE.


  • DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) exams, at A2, B1 and B2 levels. These Spanish as a foreign language exams are certified by the Instituto Cervantes and enjoy worldwide recognition. More information.
  • SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española) exam, This multilevel Spanish language exam is undertaken online. It is organized by the Instituto Cervantes and enjoys worldwide recognition. More information
  • CCSE (Conocimientos Constitucionales y Socioculturales de España) exam., Passing this exam, which concerns the constitution, society and culture of Spain, is now a legal requirement for those wishing to acquire Spanish nationality and who are either Sephardic Jews with ancestral links to Spain or foreign nationals resident in Spain. More information


Accreditation exams at the CEFR levels of B1, C1 and C2 are organized on the three University campuses. There are two types:

  • CIEACOVA - Official exams recognized by the JQCV (Junta Qualificadora de Coneixements de Valencià, the Valencian Language Exam Board). Anyone can register for these exams which are supervised by CIEACOVA (the Commissió Interuniversitària d’Estandarització I Acreditació de Coneixements de Valencià, the Interuniversity Board for the Standardization and Accreditation of Knowledge of the Valencian Language, which was established in September 2015 – for more information, visit The exams all take place on the same day, at the same time, with the same exam being set and standard marking criteria being used across the seven universities which have members on the Board: UJI, UA, UMH, UPV, UV, UCV and UCH. Successful exam candidates are awarded official certificates by the JQCV.
  • PAAC - Pruebas de Acreditación y Acceso a la Capacitación. These are university-internal tests, for accreditation and access to the Capacitació de Valencià. These exams are only valid internally at the UCH, exclusively for the purpose of the CCEV and DMV courses. B1, C1 and C2 exams are organized at the end of April and no specific certificates are issued. These exams are aimed at: students on the CCEV and DMV courses who have not been able to pass the Competencia Lingüística module in previous years; students currently taking this module (including Primary Education students who are part of the PEIM programme); and those who wish to study on the CCEV or DMV courses in the following academic year and wish to pass this exam instead of undertaking the Competencia Lingüística module (C1 for the CCEV and C2 for the DMV).

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The Hub 101

The HUB 101

The Hub 101 is a venue with an international atmosphere which aims to promote the cooperation and participation of all students in a range of activities. By bringing the Spanish and international students together, the Hub 101 provides greater opportunities for interaction and increased confidence for those learning languages. Students can also engage in autonomous study here, read a range of materials or watch TV series and films in a number of different languages. The Hub 101 is located on the first floor of the Luis Campos Górriz building.

The Hub 101 also can also offer you:

  • Computers and language learning materials
  • A wide variety of activities to improve your language skills
  • Workshops in English and Spanish on a range of issues of interest to students
  • Language exchanges, tandems, and discussion groups