We have listed some of the reasons why we believe Spain is one of the most amazing countries to study abroad in. Beautiful weather, the stunning mediterranean sea, the super friendly people, the culture, the nightlife and its affordable tuition fees and cost of living. Who wouldn’t want to study here?
Take the opportunity to Improve your Spanish skills and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle to the fullest. We are positive you will have one of the best experiences of your life during your abroad studies in Spain!
Why Study in Spain?
Spain is a beautiful country, both rich in culture as well as history. Did you know that Spain is the third most popular tourist destination in the world, according to worldatlas.com? Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan city or charming regional culture, Spain got you covered. For international students Spain is a great destination, because it offers a perfect mix of culture and an excellent academic experience.
Spain is the home of many really good universities and every year around 85,000 international students come here to study, from all around the world. At the universities here you will find a friendly and laid-back environment. Lectures can be fairly formal, but the workshops and seminars are more informal and the students are free to discuss (or argue) with their professors. Normally the private universities also got smaller classes, making the lectures more intimate and personal.
Whatever field you want to study, Spain offers a variety of options no matter if you want to study science, engineering, business, law or hospitality degrees. The country got over 70 universities to choose from and Spain has a long and rich tradition of higher education. Therefore their institutions are consistently well ranked internationally. According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, 11 Spanish universities are ranked in the top 500. The highest of these is the Universitat de Barcelona, which is currently ranked 156th.
All traditional levels of studies are available in Spain, including bachelor’s, master’s and PhD studies. Normally a bachelor’s degree has a duration of 4 years and 240 ECTS credits. A master‘s degree usually lasts for 1-2 years.
Here you can find some of our most popular schools and programs around Spain:
Application Process and Practical Information
Do I apply to a university in Spain?
The application process might differ from university to university. First, check with university you have chosen how to apply online and pay an application fee. Make sure you carefully go through all the entry requirements and documents needed. Notice that you might have to submit all required application documents in Spanish, but an official translator can help you with that. A good idea is to apply to more than one university to help your chances of getting accepted.
Another thing to think about is to check the university’s language requirements. Sometimes you need to prove your language skills (English or Spanish depending on what language you want to study in) before getting admitted to a program. There are almost 700 English taught programmes in Spain. The universities want to see that you can easily understand the content of your courses, that’s why an English exam is often required. Almost all Spanish universities accept these official English exams:
- C1 Cambridge Certificate
Some universities do not require any of these tests. Feel free to contact us for a list of these universities.
For Spanish bachelor and master degrees, the most common required Spanish test is DELE and normally the universities demand a B2 level of Spanish.
Tuition Fees & Study Costs in Spain
How much are the Tuition Fees to the Spanish Universities?
You can find some of the lowest tuition fees in Europe in Spain, the public university tuitions are set by the Spanish government. Obviously this will depend on many factors, for example what university you want to study at as well as the field of your studies. It is important to know that if you are from an EU country, you will pay the same fees as Spanish students, but if you are from a non-EU country, your fees might be higher. The tuition fees in Spain are calculated on the pay-per-credit format, but the amount can change if you enroll for the second or third time in the same program. The annual tuition fee in public Spanish universities are generally between €2,000-€4,000.
For private universities fees can vary between €4,000-18,000 per school year for a bachelor program or a master program. Normally the tuition fee is between €5,000-€7,000 though for a private university.
What about the cost of living in Spain?
The cost of living and studying abroad in Spain is affordable, especially if you compare to other cosmopolitan European cities like London, Paris or Milan. It is always difficult to say how much you need per Month, because it’s so individual. However, depending on the city you choose, your cost of living will probably be between €900-1,100 per Month. Madrid and Barcelona is much more expensive than the smaller cities.
If you have a EHIC card you don’t need a medical insurance. You will have the same access and rights to the healthcare system as a Spanish citizen. If you are from a non-EU country, you need a medical insurance (you can read more about that in the Student Visa section).
Do you need a Student Visa?
For students who come from outside the European Union you need a student visa (Type D student visa). To apply for a student visa, you will have to submit the official documents to the Spanish consulate closest to where you live, showing that you have been admitted to a university program amongst other things.
Please read our full guide on how to get a student visa to Spain here:Student Visa
Do you want to work while you’re studying?
We do not recommend that you rely on work to finance your studies in Spain. If you come from an EU country, you can work anywhere in Spain as long as you have your NIE (Spanish ID number) and Social Security number.
For non-EU members, it becomes more complicated. You will need a special permit. In this scenario, you are only allowed to work part time (maximum of 20 hours per week). You will have to find an employer though, that is willing to go through the process of hiring you legally. These jobs can be difficult to find.
If you perhaps got a “practical work placement” as part of your studies and the company has an agreement with the University, you will not have to apply for a work permit.
Study Spanish in Spain
The official language of Spain is Spanish. Studying in Spain will be a fantastic opportunity to study a new language or improve on your current skills. This will look great on your CV, as Spanish is the 4th most spoken language in the world after Chinese (Mandarin), English and Hindu. It is also the 2nd most spoken language in the business world.
Even if you choose to study in English in Spain, we recommend you try to make an effort to learn Spanish for 2 reasons;
- Learning a new language is something that will make you stand out on your CV in the business world.
- You will be able to better integrate with the Spanish locals and their culture, making your study abroad experience much more enjoyable.
There are a lot of reasons why you should learn Spanish though. Here you can read more about why you should study Spanish in Spain:STUDY SPANISH IN SPAIN
Which are the Biggest Student Cities in Spain?
Apart from the obvious big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, there are also a lot of university options in cities like Valencia, Alicante, Salamanca or Marbella.
Madrid is the Capital of Spain and got a population of almost 3.2 million people, making it the biggest city in Spain. Madrid is the cultural, economic and political centre of Spain, and you can feel the influences in all of these areas. The architecture is beautiful and the nightlife is something you can’t beat wherever you go in Spain. No matter if you go out on a Monday or Tuesday in the lively area of La Latina, the streets and the bars are packed with people and it goes on like that all night long. Madrid also got two teams in La Liga, Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid.
You can find a lot of both public and private universities in Madrid. You can find some of the oldest universities in the world, for example the Complutense University of Madrid which has almost 120,000 students. If you want to study a master or a bachelor degree in Madrid you can find our favorite ones here:MADRID UNIVERSITIES
Madrid also got a large number of Spanish language schools if you want to come to study Spanish. We have listed our top choices of Spanish schools here:SPANISH SCHOOL