Spain

Study in Spain

Spain is located in the Southwestern part of Europe. Spain has 17 Regions, 50 provinces and third country in the World with the most World Heritages. Spain is the 4th most visited country in the world and 2nd in Europe. It offers an extraordinary blend of rich historical heritage, vibrant cultural traditions, a variety of landscapes, quality food and pleasant weather. Spain is a Gateway to Latin America for linguistic, cultural and historical reasons.

Spain is famous for its fascination for football (National sport) and there are lot of football clubs too. Real Madrid is a professional and successful football club in Madrid, Spain. Other popular sports include basketball, tennis, cycling, handball, motorcycling, Formula One, water sports, rhythmic gymnastics, golf, bull fighting and skiing.

Spain's international tourist industry is among the largest in the world. Within the Europe union, Spain has the 2nd highest immigration percentage rate after Cyprus.

Quick Facts
Capital Madrid
Official name El Reino de España (The Kingdom of Spain)
Currency Euro
Major Cities Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Valencia
Official Language Spanish
Form of Government Constitutional Monarchy
Area 505,990 sq km
Population 48 million
Calling Code +34

Economy

World leader in the development and production of renewable energy. Spain became the World Leader in Solar Power and it overtook the United States In 2010 with a massive power production.Spain is also Europe's main producer of wind energy. It is world’s 14th Largest Economy.

Climate

The climate in Spain differs from region to region. It experiences a Mediterranean climate with dry summers, mild and rainy winters. The vast central plateau experiences continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters.

The mountain areas in Spain experience heavy rainfall and snowfall. The students are advised to carry light rainwear and winter wear according to the weather.

  • Why Study in Spain
  • Education in Spain
  • Institutions in Spain
  • Entry Requirements
  • Student visa process
  • FAQ's

Why study in Spain

Globally recognized degree

The degree obtained in Spain is recognized all over the world since the curriculum are of international standards with experienced faculty and also has good reputation in Latin America and USA.

No IELTS

IELTS is not mandatory for international students to get admissions in to universities in Spain but the students are required to have a good command over English.

English taught programs

Most degree programs are taught in English for international students and this can an advantage for students.

Erasmus Programs

Spain is the top destination for Erasmus programs because of the quality of education offered by them.

Top cities to pursue Erasmus programs are

  • Madrid
  • Seville
  • Barcelona

Reasonable course fee

The course fee in many Spanish universities are reasonable as they charge as less as 5500 Euros per semester or could be more. The fees may differ from university to university.

Scholarship benefits

The higher education institutes in Spain offer scholarship assistance to international students and this can be an advantage to students.

New language

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world next to English. It will be a great opportunity for students to learn Spanish with the locals and this will give an exposure to Spanish culture.

Part time job

Students are allowed to work during studies. So you can earn while you Learn

Internship opportunities

There are lots of internship opportunities for international students in Spain as a part of their curriculum. The students can make use of these opportunities and this can add value to their resume.

Affordable cost of living

The cost of living in Spain is less when compared to other European countries such as UK. Expenses such as transportation, Accommodation, personal expenses are all reasonable.

Travel Opportunities

Travelling within Spain is cheap and reasonable either by flight, train or car share. By this way the students can get to experience different cultures and explore different places during vacations.

Schengen Visa

Student will get Schengen Visa which allow you to visit all 26 Schengen countries

Best healthcare system

Spain provides the best and affordable health care system in the world. The students can also apply for an EHC (European Health Card) to take advantage of the benefits provided by the country. With the help of EHC, the students can get heath care facilities at reduced costs or at no costs.

Great weather

The beautiful weather of Spain is what delights the international students to visit Spain every year to study and live

Education in Spain

The education system in Spain in based on the principles stated in the fundamental law of education. According to the law, the education is compulsory for student aged 6 to 12.

In Spain, the education regulating body is “Ministry of Education” and it is the “Law Of Education” which makes the regulations. Education system in Spain is well regulated, organized and executed. andThere are more than 70 universities in Spain of which 50 are public and the remaining are private universities.It has world ranked Universities and Top B-School. Hence it attract more international students too.Spain is the third most popular country for international studies which gets about 36% from the USA. Under Bologna system of Education, the required number of credits will vary, but in general it range from 60 and 120 Euros per semester. The degree awarded is valid in all EHEA validated countries.Under Erasmus Scheme students studying in Spain can continue their education in the other European Union countries.

Higher Education in Spain

The higher education of Spain ranks 10th in the top education system in the world and many international students visit Spain for higher education.

The structure of higher education in Spain is according to the provisions laid out in the Bologna Process. The Bologna process refers to an educational reform that aims to facilitate transfer of students at universities throughout the European Union.

The degree structure at Spanish universities is now as follows:

Bachelor Program: A three or four-year program

Master’s Degree: A one or two-year program

Some of the major cities in Spain that students can consider for education

  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Valencia
  • Granada
  • Seville

Popular Courses

  • Designing Courses
  • Fashion Design
  • Product Design
  • Transportation Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Design
  • Digital Media
  • Computer / Information Technology
  • Telecommunication
  • MBA and Management courses
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sports Management / Sports Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship

Cost of Education

The cost of education in Spain is less when compared to other European countries. It differs from university to university.

Bachelors Program

For a bachelors program in a public university, the cost could be from 500 – 1000 Euros per year

In a private university, the cost could be from 5,500 - 18,000 Euros per year

Masters Programs

For a Masters program, the cost could be from 5,000 - 20,000 Euros per semester

Scholarships

The universities in Spain along with the Government provide plenty of scholarships to international students. Some of them are as follows,

  • University Merit based scholarship
  • Zaragoza logistics center
  • University Grants
  • GSE scholarship
  • Alumni scholarship
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students
  • Spanish Government Scholarships for International Students

Career opportunities in Spain

Spain is the fastest growing economy in all of European Union. There are lots of career opportunities in Spain for international students.

Some of the top growing job sectors are

  • Accounting and finance
  • Business management and marketing
  • The creative sector
  • Engineering and information technology (IT)

    Some of the top industries in Spain are

  • The Automotive industry
  • The Renewable energy
  • Exports
  • External Trade
  • Tourism

    The top largest companies in Spain are

  • Banco Santander (Santander, Spain)
  • Telefónica (Madrid, Spain)
  • Repsol YPF (Madrid, Spain)
  • BBVA (Bilbao, Spain)
  • Iberdrola (Bilbao, Spain)

Instituitions in Spain

institutions

Spanish universities are ranked among the best universities and top 10 business schools in the world.

List of some of the universities in Spain are as follows,

  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Navarra
  • Autonomous University of Madrid
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • University of Rovira i Virgili
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of Granada
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • University of Valencia
  • University of Alcalá
  • University of the Basque Country
  • Carlos III University of Madrid
  • University of Jaén
  • King Juan Carlos University
  • University of La Laguna
  • University of Murcia
  • University of Oviedo
  • University of Salamanca
  • University of Santiago de Compostela
  • University of Seville
  • Technical University of Madrid
  • University of Vigo
  • University of Zaragoza
  • University of A Coruña
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Almería
  • University of Castilla-La Mancha

Intake

First semester: September – February

Second semester: 2nd week of February- July

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor programs

High school degree (12th) from a recognized institution with valid certificates

Masters programs

Bachelors program from a recognized institution with valid degree certificate and consolidated mark sheets.

Documents required for Admissions.

  • 10th Mark sheet and Certificate.
  • 12th Mark sheet and Certificate.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – All individual semester wise/annual mark sheets.
  • Degree Certificate or Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • Passport Copy – First and Last Page.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s).
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP).
  • Work experience certificate (if any).
  • Skype id of the student.
  • Curriculum vitae/ Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (e.g. from school)

Student Visa Process

  • The students from non – EU countries who are willing to study and stay in Spain for more than 90 days have to apply for a student visa.
  • The students have to fill the application forms and submit in the Spanish consulate in your city.
  • The Visa fees of INR 4388 must be paid in DD in favor of CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN, MUMBAI. (Write name, date of birth, and passport number behind the draft) and the photocopy of the draft must be submitted along with the application.
  • It takes a minimum of 7 weeks time to process a visa.

Documents required for visa

  • For UG programs, 10th and 12th mark sheets need to be Apostilled by MEA.
  • For PG programs, Degree certificate needs to be Apostilled only.
  • Complete visa application form duly filled and signed
  • Two recent color photographs (35-45 mm) of the applicant with white background.
  • Proof of work experience Proof (if any)
  • Original admission letter of the Institution duly signed and stamped by authorized personnel.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Flight ticket booking
  • Travel Medical Insurance for a minimum of 30,000 Euros for entire period of stay in Spain.
  • Medical certificate by a registered medical practitioner stating that "the applicant is free from any disease that can have effect on the public health in according to the International Sanitary Act 2005". The document must be less than three months old at the time of submission.
  • Police clearance certificate issued by Regional Passport office and Apostilled by Ministry of External Affairs and the Diplomatic Mission of the country to be translated to Spanish and then legalized by Spanish Embassy. The document must be less than three months old at the time of submission.
  • Proof of financial stability stating that the student possesses sufficient means for study and stay for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to country.
  • It could be either of the applicant or parents. In case of parent(s), get a letter of responsibility signed in original by either or of both the parents. A photocopy of the passport of the parent(s) is mandatory.

Note:

The students are advised to carry 2 to 3 photocopies of each document along with the original copies for verification. Applications are not accepted my mail.

FAQ's

faq

  1. Do I need to learn Spanish to study in Spanish universities?
  2. There are various courses in which Spanish language is not required but it is always better to learn Spanish since most universities expect students to have a basic understanding of the language.

  3. What is it like to study in Spain?
  4. Spain has a very chill out culture and welcomes students from all around the world. Experience of studying abroad is very unique and challenging and it equips students with necessary skills to excel in the workplace.

  5. What are the popular courses in Spain?
  6. Some of the popular courses in Span are

    • Engineering
    • Sports Management
    • Sciences
    • Business Law
    • Social Law
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Archaeology
    • Art History
  7. What are the top 5 universities in Spain?
  8. The top 5 universities in Spain are as follows,

    • Pompeu Fabra University
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona
    • University of Barcelona
    • University of Navarra
    • Autonomous University of Madrid
  9. Is my program globally recognized?
  10. Spanish degrees are recognized all over the world due to their high standard and quality education. They incorporate innovative teaching methods through projects and also offer internship opportunities to gain practical experience.

  11. Are the programs in Spain quality assured?
  12. The programs offered by Spanish universities are of good quality. ANECA (Agencia Nacional Evaluacion De La Calidad Y Acreditacion) is the evaluation body for quality assurance in higher education and makes sure that the universities meet the quality guidelines.

  13. What are Erasmus Mundus programs?
  14. Erasmus Mundus are programs that are taught by a group comprising of at least three universities, each from a different European country. To complete these programs, students should spend their study period in at least two of the three universities.

  15. Can I do internships in Spain?
  16. Internships opportunities are being offered as a part of degree programs. You can make sure of these opportunities to gain experience in your field of study.

  17. Can I do part time in Spain?
  18. yes, part time options are available for international students.

  19. What am I supposed to do once I reach Spain?
  20. Once you reach Spain, you need to visit an authorized foreign office of Spain to get your visa authorized. This is essential if your stay in Spain is more than 90 days.

  21. Can I work in Spain with a student visa?
  22. No. The student visa only allows you to study and not to work but you can work on an internship which is part of your curriculum.

  23. Can my parents or relatives collect the visa on my behalf?
  24. No, the students have to collect the visa personally to avoid any misuse.

  25. Can my family come and visit me in Spain?
  26. Yes, they can visit Spain provided they have a corresponding visa.

  27. Can I extend my stay in Spain after graduation?
  28. The students can extend their visa for the minimum of 3 months to maximum one year, but the initial stay has to be longer the 6 months. The application to extend your stay must be done before the expiration of student visa.

  29. What are the things do I require for a stay in Spain?
  30. Checklists of things to stay in Spain are as follows,

    • Valid passport
    • Valid Visa
    • A cash of atleast 100 Euros is essential during emergencies and also have a visa debit or credit card for ATM transactions
    • Light rain wear and winter wear depending on the location
    • Air tickets
    • It is essential to have all the important contact numbers such as a local police number, hospital number to use during emergencies
    • It is better to have a health insurance to cover your health care requirements
    • Make sure you have made the arrangements for your accommodation.

    Note: The students are advised to pack things in advance to avoid delays and confusion

  31. How can I find an accommodation in Spain?
  32. Most universities offer accommodation in their campus, but if you prefer accommodation outside of university then there are many options to choose from.

    • Studio Apartments
    • Apartments
    • Shared Flat

    As far as pricing are concerned, it differs on the basis of the type of accommodation and location. You can get in touch with reliable real estate consultants to find an accommodation that fits your budget.

    Reference website: http://spain.accommodationforstudents.com/default.asp

  33. Do I have to take a medical insurance in Spain?
  34. Having a medical insurance is always safe while travelling abroad since it covers your medical expenses in case of emergencies. First get in touch with your university of study to check whether they provide any insurance for students. If yes, then you can enroll for the program. If you wish to get a private insurance, you can approach the insurance companies in Spain and choose a proper plan that suits your budget. It is always better to compare the prices offered by different companies to have better idea.

    Some of the insurance companies in Spain are

    • Zurich Insurance
    • Allianz Insurance
    • Genesis
    • Catalana Occidente
    • Caser Seguros
    • Axa
  35. What is the cost of living in Spain?
  36. The cost of living is quiet reasonable in Spain and it also depends on the location. Some of the common expenses that one encounters are as follows

    Accommodation
    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 574.93 €
    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 425.77 €
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 913.68 €
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 660.40 €
    Transportation
    One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.40 €
    Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 42.00 €
    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.13 €
    Basic utilities
    Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) 112.97 €
    1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 €
    Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 35.33 €