content of the collaboration agreements endorsed by the Instituto
Cervantes with teaching centres to grant them membership of the
"Network of Associate Centres" will be formulated by
the parties involved, adhering, without exception, to the general
aims of the accreditation system of the Instituto Cervantes. Agreements
a) Identification of the Parties
b) Purpose of the Agreement
Membership of teaching centres in the "Network
of Associate Centres" and authorisation to employ the denomination
"Instituto Cervantes Accredited Centre" if located in
Spain and "Instituto Cervantes Associate Centre" if
outwith Spain, as well as the corresponding logo.
c) Obligations of Participating
Among other obligations, the agreement
binds teaching centres conceded membership of the 'Network of
Associate Centres" of the Instituto Cervantes to undertake
Offer classes in Spanish as a second language, through general
language courses and specialised courses related to different
fields of professional activity, at least in conditions equivalent
to those set by the assessment body.
out, where necessary, teacher training programmes at the centres,
in keeping with the module assigned them by the Instituto Cervantes.
- Module 1: 30 hours, with a minimum
of 10 hours the
- Module 2: 20 hours, at the rate of 10 hours a year.
- Module 3: 10 hours.
In any case, it falls to the centres to propose to the Instituto Cervantes the content of the courses
comprising the assigned module.
Selection of the teaching staff members who
will offer the teacher training programme will follow the criteria
set by the Instituto Cervantes.
student participation in the examinations for the Diploma in Spanish
at centres, if they also hold these examinations, or in other
examination centres in the area.
student attendance at cultural activities organized by Instituto
Cervantes centres and at other institutions in the area offering
activities geared towards spreading culture in Spanish.
As regards associate or accredited centres' exploitation of the
logo in media publicising the teaching of Spanish as a second
language, the norms of graphic identity provided by the Instituto
Cervantes must be respected.
the Instituto Cervantes the accreditation or association fee established
annually by the Instituto Cervantes for each country. This is
payable to the Instituto yearly (Jan. 1st - Dec. 31st) and in
each year the corresponding, proportionate quota will apply.
The annual fee for accredited centres in Spain will be 1,200 € for 2010. For other countries, please consult Annual Fee section
will be due as follows: the first payment is due thirty days after
the initial signing and successive renewals of the agreement.
The remainder is payable by bank transfer during the first two
months of the year into the current account indicated by the Instituto
Pay, where applicable, the costs of creating the teacher training
programme mentioned in Section 2 above.
By the same token, in the agreement the Instituto
Cervantes undertakes to:
centres to employ the denomination "Instituto Cervantes Accredited
Centre" or "Instituto Cervantes Associate Centre"
and the corresponding logo in keeping with the norms of graphic
identity fixed by the Instituto.
accredited or associate centres in the list of accredited and
associate centres forming part of the network to be publicised
by the Instituto Cervantes in a variety of media.
accredited or associate centres to the list of users who will
have access to the exclusive IT network which the Instituto Cervantes
plans to create specifically for institutions with membership
of the "Network of Associate Centres".
accredited or associate centres technical guidance, through the
exclusive network, in a variety of areas dealing with the development
of academic activities. For example, course design and development,
methodology, assessment, or the creation of academic projects
to improve teaching quality (needs analysis strategies, assessment
questionnaires, etc.) may be covered.
Without exception, collaboration
agreements will stipulate that:
or associate centres will not, either formally or functionally,
join the public institution known as the Instituto Cervantes nor
the centres which it possesses outwith Spain.
Therefore, although accredited and
associate centres join the "Network of Associate Centres",
their own legal status remains unchanged and subject to such legal
norms as are applicable in their particular case.
Accredited and associate centres maintain responsibility for their
own academic, administrative, financial and fiscal management
etc. and as such remain completely independent. The Instituto
Cervantes accepts no responsibility of any kind in this respect.
management, teaching and administrative staff as well as those
of any other category in accredited or associate centres will
have no contractual relationship, or any other kind, with the
Instituto Cervantes reserves the right to carry out any visits
to accredited or associate centres it deems necessary in order
to find out and evaluate the state of development of the activities
and services offered.
or Associate centres must also respond to requests from the Instituto
Cervantes for information concerning the teaching of Spanish as
a second language and the spread of culture in Spanish.
d) Agreement Renewals
To renew the agreement centres must inform the Instituto Cervantes eight
months before the agreement expires.
Centres are free to apply for this
appraisal from the assessment body which provided the previous
one or from any other assessment body authorized by the Instituto
Cervantes. When making application, centres must indicate the
period of validity of the collaboration agreement signed with
the Instituto Cervantes.
The Instituto Cervantes will apply an annual
accreditation or association fee to be made public in January of
Agreements will have a duration of three years, renewable only by mutual agreement every four years.
Withdrawal from agreements by either party must
be notified in writing to the other, at least six months before
the date of conclusion. From the notification date, accredited or
associate centres may no longer employ the corresponding denomination.
h) Termination of Agreement
Agreements may be terminated at any time due
to accredited or associate centres' failure to meet their obligations.
The inappropriate use of the "Instituto Cervantes Accredited
Centre" or the "Instituto Cervantes Associate Centre"
denomination and the corresponding logo figure among the reasons
justifying the automatic cessation of agreements.
i) Withdrawal and Termination
Independently of the date on which the agreement
concludes, due either to withdrawal or to one of the causes of termination,
accredited or associate centres will have no right of refund of
payments already made to the Instituto Cervantes.
In the case of conflict, and to clarify issues
arising from the interpretation or execution of agreements, the
parties involved will come under the jurisdiction of the courts