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.
|Official name||El Reino de España (The Kingdom of Spain)|
|Major Cities||Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Valencia|
|Form of Government||Constitutional Monarchy|
|Area||505,990 sq km|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most degree programs are taught in English for international students and this can an advantage for students.
Spain is the top destination for Erasmus programs because of the quality of education offered by them.
Top cities to pursue Erasmus programs are
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.
The higher education institutes in Spain offer scholarship assistance to international students and this can be an advantage to students.
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.
Students are allowed to work during studies. So you can earn while you Learn
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.
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.
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.
Student will get Schengen Visa which allow you to visit all 26 Schengen countries
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.
The beautiful weather of Spain is what delights the international students to visit Spain every year to study and live
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.
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
The cost of education in Spain is less when compared to other European countries. It differs from university to university.
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
For a Masters program, the cost could be from 5,000 - 20,000 Euros per semester
The universities in Spain along with the Government provide plenty of scholarships to international students. Some of them are as follows,
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
Some of the top industries in Spain are
The top largest companies in Spain are
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,
First semester: September – February
Second semester: 2nd week of February- July
High school degree (12th) from a recognized institution with valid certificates
Bachelors program from a recognized institution with valid degree certificate and consolidated mark sheets.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the popular courses in Span are
The top 5 universities in Spain are as follows,
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.
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.
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.
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.
yes, part time options are available for international students.
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.
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.
No, the students have to collect the visa personally to avoid any misuse.
Yes, they can visit Spain provided they have a corresponding visa.
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.
Checklists of things to stay in Spain are as follows,
Note: The students are advised to pack things in advance to avoid delays and confusion
Most universities offer accommodation in their campus, but if you prefer accommodation outside of university then there are many options to choose from.
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
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
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
|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 €|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||1.40 €|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||42.00 €|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||3.13 €|
|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 €|