Instituto Cervantes

Instituto Cervantes

What is Instituto Cervantes?

The Instituto Cervantes is a public institution set up in Spain in 1991 to promote Spanish language education and to spread the culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. The head office is located at two locations in Spain: in Madrid and in Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes. Nowadays there are centres of the Instituto Cervantes in all continents.

With more than 100,000 students a year, the Spanish cultural centre Instituto Cervantes aims to spread the language and culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries worldwide. The Instituto Cervantes in Utrecht is the only centre of the Cervantes network in the Netherlands. It has been located in a Utrecht monumental house since 1992.

Instituto Cervantes:

  • is engaged in the modernization of teaching methods and provides further training and retraining courses for Spanish teachers.
  • actively participates in programmes for spreading the Spanish language.
  • organizes all kinds of cultural activities, together with Dutch and other Spanish and Latin-American organizations.
  • has a library with modern technological facilities.

For more information on Instituto Cervantes visit

SIB-Utrecht & Instituto Cervantes  
Every Tuesday night, SIB organizes a lecture or debate. The majority of the lectures that SIB- Utrecht organizes, take place in Instituto Cervantes.