Learn Spanish in Spain – Spanish Language Levels

Spanish Language Levels European Framework

Spanish Language Levels


Whatever your level of Spanish, you can learn Spanish in Spain. As a general rule, Spanish schools and Spanish university language programs offer 6 levels of Spanish, from absolute beginner to superior.

The Spanish levels are defined by the Common European Framework, which the European Union uses to categorize different Spanish language skill levels.

The three broad categories are Beginner Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, and Advanced Spanish (or Superior Spanish). These three Spanish language levels are further divided into 2 levels each.

Spanish Language Levels in Spain:

Level European Level Name  European Level Description Hours of Study
Beginner Spanish
-Beginner/Elementary Spanish I A1 Breakthrough 60 – 80
-Beginner/Elementary Spanish II A2 Waystage 80 – 100
Intermediate Spanish  
-Intermediate Spanish I B1 Threshold 80 – 100
-Intermediate Spanish II B2 Vantage 80 – 100
Advanced Spanish  
-Advanced Spanish I C1 Effective Operational Proficiency 80 – 120
-Advanced Spanish II (Superior Spanish) C2 Mastery 200


Intensive Spanish Courses in Spain

Most Spanish schools in Spain and Spanish university language programs base their Spanish programs on a “Standard Intensive Spanish Course”. These Spanish courses consist of 20 Spanish classes per week, which are divided between Spanish grammar, Spanish conversation, Spanish written expression, and listening comprehension, etc.

Based on 20 Spanish classes per week, you will have 80 Spanish classes per month. As per the Spanish levels defined above, you can expect to advance one level per every month of intensive Spanish course that you complete.


Spanish Language Level Descriptions

Level Description
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday Spanish expressions and very basic Spanish phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions in Spanish about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks Spanish slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used Spanish expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters in spanish. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Can understand the main points in Spanish of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the Spanish language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text in Spanish on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans in Spanish.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex Spanish text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native Spanish speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer Spanish texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously  in Spanish without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed Spanish text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read in Spanish. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.