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  • Population 46,070,145
  • Students 1,800,000
  • Int. Students 60,000
  • Listed Institutes 35
  • Ranked Universities 27
  • Academic Year October - June

Study in Spain

Spain is a friendly, multicultural society dedicated to building curious minds, positive attitudes and creative spirits. The beautiful country is a top international destination, especially for students enrolled in Erasmus study programmes. Spain presents the story of a culture that respects its history and traditions, while keeping connected to the rest of the world.

Offering students many opportunities to learn and have fun, the Spanish spirit captures the playful nature of a child and the wisdom of an experienced adult.

Student information about cities in Spain

Find the best information about what to expect when studying in top cities in Spain. Read about degree course offers, career opportunities, student life, living costs, and more.

  • Study in Barcelona
  • Study in Madrid
  • Study in Alicante
  • Study in Bilbao
Education system

There are more than 70 universities in Spain, most of which are supported by state funding. Spain also offers private universities, some affiliated with the Catholic Church. Universities are divided into Departments, Faculties, Technical Schools, University Schools, University Institutes and University Collages.

There are thousands of undergraduate (“grado”) and post-graduate courses to choose from covering a variety of fields. The Spanish teaching system offers a balance between theory and practice. Double degrees combining two study tracks are also available. Flexible university studies allow students to work part-time and take part in various cultural activities.

General application requirements

European Students who want to apply to a bachelor programme must apply through the SNUDE, the Spanish National University for Distance Education. You will be asked to complete an application and submit copies of your passport, identity card and school leaving certification. If accepted, you will receive a Credencial de Accesso that you will have to send to the university you wish to attend.

The Spanish Embassy will determine if non-EU students hold a high school degree compatible with the Spanish education system. After obtaining accreditation from the embassy, it is necessary to register for a Spanish University entrance exam.

Students seeking a postgraduate degree should contact the institution they are interested in attending and provide proof of earning a bachelor’s degree.

Read this article and find more details about the application process at a Spanish university.

Study options

Many opportunities are waiting for young business professionals within this powerful hub of commerce, history, values, and tradition. Every year, thousands of students from across the world enrol in a Spanish university.

Spain is one of the most popular destination for students enrolled in exchange programmes. The high demand for Spanish education has created a great variety of study options and many ways to best accommodate foreign students. Many universities will offer help with administrative issues, such as obtaining visas, and will organize activities to introduce students to Spanish traditions.

Languages of instruction

According to the Institute of International Education, Spain ranks in a top position on the list of European countries by number of English-taught Master’s programmes. With more than 370 Masters offered in English, and many official bilingual academic programmes (taught in English and Spanish), Spain is a friendly destination for international students. However, it is advisable to be able to speak and understand the language before deciding to study abroad in Spain.

If one does not already speak the Spanish language fluently, there are many courses one can take before enrolling in the actual academic classes. The time length for these courses varies, depending on the chosen study location, as well as the exact programme that one chooses.

Students can find programmes with courses in English by visiting the study abroad office in their chosen university and check for offers to study in English in Spain. Alternatively, study abroad providers can help international prospective students find the right English-taught programmes to study in Spain.

Learning Spanish means opening a way to communicate with a large part of the world. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.

Preparation courses in Spain

Some international students may not be able to attend a degree in Spain because their previous studies do not match the academic system of the country. To be allowed to take an undergraduate or graduate degree in Spain, they will need to enrol in a one-year pre-Bachelor or pre-Master offered by a local university.

Popular foundation degree studies in Spain include pre-law degrees, pre-MBA courses, pre-medicine, pre-nursing studies, or other types of international foundation programmes in engineering, economics, finance, social science, science and other types of university pathway programmes. Preparation courses in Spain include academic English language training to help international students meet university language requirements for future undergraduate or graduate studies.

Foundation degrees in early years in Spain are perfect for increasing your chances of getting accepted to a Spanish university. Pre-university business schools, law schools or med schools make sure international students develop the skills they need to succeed in the Spanish academic system. Pre-university education also includes cultural integration classes that help students feel more at home. Some pre-university programmes guarantee enrolment to the institution if students complete the preparation with high grades.

Where can I study a foundation course in Spain?

The Spanish cities where students can take a foundation year programme include: Barcelona and Málaga.

Read more about the enrolment requirements for international students.

English exam preparation courses in Spain

Meet language requirements for university admission in Spain by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including Spain. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or other English exams.

The Spanish Visa

Citizens of certain nationalities are permitted to stay in the country for up to 90 days without a Visa. In addition, citizens of EU member countries do not need a visa. Non-EU citizens should contact the nearest Spanish consulate for information about required documents.

Documents needed for applying include:

  • Confirmation letter from the Spanish university stating the followed programme and study duration.
  • an accommodation confirmation letter
  • a number of forms, 3 photos and a valid passport
  • Medical insurance valid in Spain
  • A bank statement as proof that you can support yourself during your studies

Once in Spain, students must apply for a residence permit from the Central Registry Office for Foreigners within three months of arrival.

Check out this articel and get the insights about the application process for a student visa for Spain.

Living in Spain

  • Tuition fees for a bachelor’s degree cost between 680 and 1,280 Euros per semester, while master’s and doctoral degrees usually don’t go over 2,200 Euros.
  • Tuition at private colleges costs 5,500 to 18,000 Euros per semester.
  • The average cost of books and school supplies is around 900 Euros per year.
  • Students are permitted to work during their studies, but good Spanish language skills is required.
  • The average student will spend about 450 Euros per month on food.
  • Foreign students wishing to attend college in Spain can choose to live with a local family.
  • Many of the colleges and universities in Spain offer dormitories and student housing on campus.
  • Find quality accommodation for students here.
  • The locals are friendly, outgoing and enjoy life to its fullest. They never miss an opportunity to celebrate.
  • In Spain, there will always be time to visit your friends, enjoy a long dinner, or take a short nap in the afternoon.
  • It is common for businesses in Spain to close for a few hours every afternoon.

About Spain

Located in South-Western Europe, Spain shares borders with France, Portugal and the tip of the African country of Morocco. Spain has about 5000 kilometres of coastline, shared with both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and small territories in North Africa are also Spanish territory.

Spanish is the official language, the second most spoken language in the world. Other dialects such as Basque, Catalan and Galician are spoken in different parts of the country.

Spain is a democratic constitutional monarchy and a member of the United Nations and NATO.

Ever since the discovery of the Americas, Spain has been a nation of explorers. Travelling and discovering the world, the Spanish have settled new territories, met new people and integrated great cultural treasures. Added to the beautiful Spanish landscape, the cultural richness has given birth to a diverse people, a modern country full of wonders and a welcoming international community.

Each region in Spain has its own specific identity and there is no such thing as a typical Spanish citizen. Spain is the country with the second greatest number of UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. Roman ruins, gothic cathedrals, mosques and Moorish palaces tell stories of a great past. Vast coastlines with hidden beaches are the perfect excuse for a day out. The seaside is just about an hour away from the Pyrenees Mountains. The beautiful countryside is rich in wine-yards, varied cuisines and surprising local customs just waiting to be discovered. The Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and warm summers reflects the Spanish way of life.

Popular attractions include:

  • Festivities such as the San Fermín bull-running festival, the Las Fallas bonfire festival or the Tomatina tomato fight;
  • The National Parks on the Canary Islands;
  • The Cave paintings of Altamira, dating from 15,000 to 8500 B.C.;
  • The exciting nightlife of Madrid and Barcelona.

Listed Institutes in Spain

Alcalá de Henares





Castelló de la Plana






Santiago de Compostela




Ávila de los Caballeros

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