Constitutional test Sociocultural Knowledge and Spain (CCSE)


Instituto Cervantes test for obtaining Spanish nationality (CCSE) 

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General Information

What is the CCSE test?

The constitutional and sociocultural knowledge of Spain test (CCSE test) is an exam, prepared by the Instituto Cervantes, which uses a variety of tasks to evaluates candidates’ knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and Spain’s social and cultural reality. It is one of the requirements established by law for granting Spanish nationality to Sephardim originally from Spain, and for residents in Spain to acquire Spanish nationality as appropriate.

Who is the test intended for?

The CCSE test is intended for any people who wish to obtain Spanish nationality. Candidates of any nationality aged 18 and over and with legal capacity to contract can register to sit the CCSE tests.

Exemptions and Dispensations 

  • For the purposes of the process of obtaining Spanish nationality, minors and people whose legal capacity has been modified by the courts are exempt from taking the constitutional and sociocultural knowledge of Spain test.
  • Illiterate people, people with learning difficulties and people who were educated in Spain and have successfully completed compulsory secondary education (ESO) can be given dispensation. 

2017 CCSE calendar and exam dates




January 2017

Thursday, 26 January 

Thursday, 5 January 

February 2017

Thursday, 23 February

Thursday, 2 February

March 2017

Thursday, 30 March 

Thursday, 9 March 

April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 

Thursday, 6 April 

May 2017

Thursday, 25 May

Thursday, 4 May

June 2017

Thursday, 29 June

Thursday, 8 June

July 2017

Thursday, 27July

Thursday, 6 July

September 2017

Thursday, 28 September

Thursday, 7 September

October 2017

Thursday, 26 October

Thursday, 5 October

November 2017

Thursday, 30 November

Thursday, 9 November


How to enrol?

Enrolling and the corresponding payment for the CCSE test must be done online, after registering, in the private user area of the official website of the Instituto Cervantes for the CCSE tests.

1. Visit the page:

2. Then click on “CCSE test”:


3. You must register as a new user. If you have already registered, you can access the application with your username and password:


4. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a link to start the session. This link will direct you to a page where you can set your password. 

5. After setting your password, you can start the session by clicking on new enrolment.



(In future, you can start a session by identifying yourself at using the username and password with which you registered).

6. You must then carry out the 3 steps necessary to complete the enrolment.

Step 1 – Select exam centre and date

Select the exam centre and the date you want for sitting the exam.

Once you have clicked on search, the centre(s) that meet the search criteria will appear.

Next, select the ENROL option for the corresponding centre.

Step 2 – User´s enrolment details

Check your enrolment details before continuing with the process.

Step 3 – Payment

Payment is done online.

You can select one of the following suggested payment methods: PayPal, Visa or MasterCard.

7. When the process is complete, you can print a receipt for the enrolment in the “MY ENROLMENTS” section.

8. A few days before the start of the course you will receive an email with the official call for the exam which will list the place, date and time of the test


CCSE test at the UIMP

The Las Llamas Campus, the Santander location of the UIMP (Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo), is a certified centre for taking the CCSE test.

If you want to sit the test in our centre, you can register through the link:

Registration for the CCSE-UIMP test 


How much does the CCSE test cost? 

  • Enrolling for the CCSE test in 2017 costs 85 €uros. This price includes examination fees, issuing the qualification certificate and access to all of the preparation materials, including the handbook for preparing for the CCSE test.
  • Enrolling for the CCSE test entitles a candidate to sit it on a maximum of two occasions if a candidate does not pass it on the first attempt or does not sit it at the first call. In this case, the candidate must attend the second call in the same exam centre where he/she sat the first. There is a maximum period of 18 months from the date the exam was first sat.

 Publishing results 

  • The results will be published about 20 days after the test.
  • Candidates can consult their results electronically in their private space on the CCSE portal, using the personal access details (username and password) they provided when they registered.
  • In this private space, the electronic qualification certificate, electronically signed by the Instituto Cervantes, can be downloaded at any time. The certificate has a Secure Verification Code (CSV) that makes it possible to verify the authenticity of the paper copy.

 Support materials available

The Instituto Cervantes provides candidates with a range of free materials for preparing for the test. These are listed below.

Download related files 



Almost all questions can be answered by reading the information available from the website:

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For any clarification or additional information, you can contact our centre´s Student Registry at the address provided below: 


Secretaría de Alumnos


Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo


Teléfono: +34 942 29 87 00

(Campus de las Llamas)


Avda. de los Castros, 42


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39005 – Santander





Specific Spanish Courses





Price of Enrolment

Registry Fees


Spanish language and culture

27 June to 1 July








(Santander, 27 June to 1 July 2016)


Academic programme:

SPANISH LANGUAGE: Level B1-B2 (5 hours)


Teaching staff: María del Mar Falagán García and María Lourdes Fernández Calleja


  • To promote the student's interest in knowledge of Spanish society and culture.
  • To provide an overview of Spanish culture of the 20th century focussing on the most representative movements and artists in the fields of art, music and literature.
  • To discover and interconnect the main aspects that shape the history of music in Spain during the 20th century.
  • To improve knowledge of different aspects of 20th-century Spanish musical culture.
  • Stages in Picasso's painting and sculpture: periods, Cubism. Features of Picasso's painting.


History of Music

  • Musical recovery:

The transition from the 19th century to the 20th century: Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados.

  • The Generation of '98 and the Generation of the Masters:

Manuel de Falla: his three stages.

  • The Generation of '27:

The musical features that define this generation.

  • The relationship between these musicians and intellectuals of the period. Lorca, Gerardo Diego, Picasso.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

Spanish History

  • The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Picasso and Guernica
  • Franco's Spain (1939-1985)
  • Opposition to the regime: cultural and musical currents. Falla


  • The influence of Spanish culture on Picasso's painting: guitars, flamenco and bulls.
  • The influence of other Artists on the work of Picasso.
  • Picasso and advertising


Teacher: Francisco Javier Sagarna Comenge


  • To improve students' ability to express themselves in written Spanish.
  • To foster students' general learning of Spanish language and culture through the practice of literary creation at basic levels.
  • To introduce students to literature in Spanish, through various supporting texts and work ideas, as well as the society in which it was written.
  • To stimulate students' creativity using ludic activities and their critical sense during the text editing phase.
  • To introduce students to the basic techniques of the craft of writing.


  • Exercises to beat writer's block.
  • The two phases of the creative process: creation and correction.
  • The artist's gaze. The personal diary.
  • The abstract and the concrete.
  • Creating characters.
  • The narrator's viewpoint.
  • Writing with the five senses. Visibility and sensoriality of the narrative.
  • The basic structure of a narrative text.
  • Desire and conflict.
  • Metaphor and meaning.




Monday - 27

Tuesday - 28

Wednesday - 29

Thursday - 30

Friday - 1

9,00 - 11,00

Creativity and writing workshop

11,00 - 11,30


11,30 - 13,30

Picasso and music (History, Art, Literature and Music of the 20th century)

13,30 - 14,30

Spanish language


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Medical insurance

In the price of registration is not included health insurance.

Students from member nations of the European Union are recommended to bring their E-111/128 with them so that they can use the Spanish Public Health Service if necessary. For this they should request the corresponding form from the health authority in their home country.

We recommend students from non-EU countries take out medical insurance before travelling.


Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

Campus de Las Llamas

Avda. de los Castros, 42

39005. Santander

Tel. (+34) 942 298 700

Click here to see us on Google maps.



Theclimatein Santander ishumidoceanic.

Humidityis fairly high throughout the year and can reach 90% at times.

Inwinter the average temperature is 10°C, with lows of 6°C.

Thesummers are very mild with temperatures not generally hitting above 25°C.


Spain uses the euro. Money can be changed for euro at the airport or at any bank branch.




Open 8:30am to 2:30pm (Monday to Friday). Except for the week of 18th July when they close at midday.



Time Difference

The time in Spain (mainland and the Balearic Islands) is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).




Mains electricity is Spain is 220 V / 50 Hz.

City Buses

A single bus ticket costs €1.30.

A rechargeable card can be purchased at tobacconists with a minimum €6.60 credit (10 journeys).

Stop nº 7 C1, facing Las Llamas Campus running every 15 minutes to the city centre.

Stop nº 6 C1, exit the Campus to left, on the corner, running every 30 min to the city centre.


Useful Addresses and Telephone Numbers

Tele-taxi:942 369 191

Radiotaxi Santander.      Tel.: 942 333 333

Train station:Plaza de las Estaciones. (Santander). Tel.: 902 240 202

Bus station: C/ Navas de Tolosa, 1. (Santander). Tel.: 942 21 19 95

Airport: Avenida de Parayas, s/n. (39600 Maliaño). Santander. Tel.: 942 202 100

Santander Town Council.Plaza del Ayuntamiento, s/n (Santander). Tel.: 942 20 06 00

Post Office:The nearest post office to Las Llamas Campus is at: C/ Cruces, nº 6. Santander.

Tel.: 942 277 060.

Emergencies: 112

Tourist information:



How to get to Santander

   By air - Santander Airport

    Santander airport is five kilometres from the city.

    Tel.: +34 942 202 100.

Taxis from Santander Airport

The taxis rank is located across from the arrivals terminal at Santander Airport. Taxi drivers are aware of planned flight arrivals and are always there waiting outside. The journey from the Airport to Santander costs around €20.00.

Radiotaxi Tel.: 942 333 333.

Buses from the Airport to the Bus Station

  • Stops: Next to the arrivals terminal entrance.
  • Journey time: 15 minutes.
  • Timetable: From 6.40 am, 7.00am and every 30 minutes until 11.00 pm which is the last departure.
  • Approximate price: €2.50
  • Information line: 942 211 995   web:

   By air - Bilbao Airport

Bilbao airport is 108 km from Santander (around 1 hour 15 minutes away). It offers domestic and international flights.

Airport tel.: 944 869 664

Buses from Bilbao Airport to Bilbao Bus Station (Termibús)

The Bizkaibus Airport-Bilbao (Line 3247), bus line links Bilbao airport to Bilbao Bus Station (Termibus).

  • Timetable: from 6:15 am to midnight, every 30 minutes.
  • Approximate price: €1.30 (one-way)

Buses from Bilbao Bus Station (Termibús) - Santander

After arriving to Bilbao Bus Station (Termibús), you should take a bus to Santander. You will find attached a timetable of buses from Bilbao to Santander.

The bus line which operates (Bilbao-Santander) is ALSA.

   Travel from Madrid

Journey time (Madrid - Santander): The journey takes around 55 minutes.

The national train company is RENFE and its information line is: 902 320320. Web:

Journey time:4 hours 30 min. (approx.)

Approximate price: €49.90 (one-way)

Alsa Continental-auto company operates the Madrid – Santander route.

Journey time: 5 hours 30 min. (approx.)

Price: around €32.50 (one-way)

Barajas Airport. Tel.: 902 404 704 / 91 321 10 00  



Trains on the Madrid - Santander route depart from Chamartín Train Station: C/ Agustín de Foxá, s/n. Madrid.


Buses for the Madrid - Santander route depart from the Avenida de América Bus Station, also known as the Intercambiador Avenida América, and it is located at:


Avenida América, nº 9. (Madrid).  Tel. 902 30 20 10.

Map of Santander

mapa Santander




For EU students

If you a student from a member nation of the European Union, you do not need a visa to study in Spain. For any ordinary procedure or transaction, you only need to have your passport or valid national identity document.

Nonetheless, if you are thinking of staying in Spain beyond 3 months, you need to apply for registration on the Central Register of Foreign Nationals. This process must be done at the Immigration Office (see address below).

For non-EU students

If you come from a non-European Union member state and are thinking of staying in Spain for more than 3 months, you need to apply for a student visa the closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate to you.

It is important to be aware that if you come to Spain as a tourist, you may not then apply for a student visa to extend your stay. Therefore, although in principle you plan to stay in the country under three months, we recommend you get a student visa in your home country allowing you to extend your stay in our country later on.

When the length of the course is above six months, you need to apply for the TIE (Tarjeta de Autorización de Estancia por Estudios [Study Visit Authorisation Card] within a month of your arrival in Spain. This procedure can be done at the Immigration Office.

Necessary documentation to renew visas and obtain the study visit card (once in Spain):

Valid passport or ID card and photocopies of them.

Three photographs (passport size)

Proof of registration at the Centre (registration certificate).

Proof of having sufficient funds: bank certificate or credit card.

Proof of having fully comprehensive medical insurance.

Completion certificate (marks) of the course for which the student visa was granted.

Contact details for the Santander Immigration Office

Oficina de Extranjeros de Santander

C/ Vargas nº 53 (Santander)

Tel.: 942 999 399 


    Embassies of other countries in Spain