It’s not hard to see why studying in Spain is an appealing option for many. From sunny skies to sandy beaches with a good dose of culture and history along the way, there’s a lot to be enjoyed alongside your studies. Not only could you benefit from some of the world’s leading universities, studying in Spain allows you to get truly integrated into a new culture, a new way of life – and it’s something that many haven’t looked back from.
Where could I study?
Spain is home to many, many universities and further education establishments – the majority of which can offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Below, you’ll find just a handful of Spanish universities that are very welcoming of international students, to act as a starting point for your journey of studying abroad.
As you’d expect, the Spanish capital is home to several highly regarded universities.
The public university, Carlos III University of Madrid is one of the most popular universities in the country. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid are both often considered two of the best universities in the country, offering a wide range of both under and post-grad qualifications.
The stunning coastal city of Valencia might well be beautiful, but it’s a city full of intelligent minds too thanks to the Cardenal Herrera University – a private study centre that’s well respected and offers a wide range of courses. In terms of public universities, the University of Valencia was founded in 1499, and can offer students the opportunity to study in a brilliantly historic setting.
University of Barcelona is the oldest and largest university in the city, and comprises 100 different departments between 18 academic faculties. UAB (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona) is another favourite within Catalonia, and is ranked 10th in the world, making it a prestigious choice of study location. For those with modern tastes, the newly built UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) is a great choice too, and boasts innovative teaching methods.
Outside of these three main cities, you could also have a fantastic study experience at any of these university establishments: Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Zaragoza, Navarra, País Vasco or Alicante and the historic Universidad de Salamanca.
How much will it cost?
The cost of tuition in Spain really does vary depending on the course and the university you choose. Factors like length of the course and the prestige of the university will impact the cost, but as a very rough estimate, you should be looking at around €1,000 a year for a bachelor’s degree tuition in a public university, whereas private institutions can charge nearer €9,000. Some universities will have different rates for international students, and private universities can charge a lot more.
There’s no way to predict how much the cost of living may be while you’re studying in Spain, as much of it depends on the area or city in which you choose to live. As a general rule, the smaller the town, the cheaper living expenses like rent and food will be. Be sure to factor in costs of study materials and text books, as well as application fees for some universities (typically no more than €40) and transport.
If you live close to the university, walking and cycling make for cheaper options, but housing may be more expensive. If you live further away, you might need to rely on buses or taxis, which can add up over time – though remain reasonably priced as opposed to soaring public transport costs in the UK.
The type of accommodation you opt for can impact upon your budget, too. Staying with a host family or in dormitory housing can save you a good amount of money, as can sharing an apartment with roommates. If you’re looking to rent your own place in Barcelona, you should expect to spend around €850-900 a month, whereas areas like Madrid will set you back €1000+. Living in a smaller town could save you money, with accommodation varying between €200 and €400 depending on the type you opt for.
Thankfully, food can be cheap in Spain, especially if you make use of the local farmers’ markets. Here, you can pick up fresh produce at a fraction of the price of a supermarket, and ensures you’re eating locally and healthily too.
What about Visas and other entry requirements?
It’s important to note that each country will have different visa requirements when it comes to living in Spain to study, and you should be sure to check the rulings with your own government when making your plans. However, as a general rule, those that already live in the EU won’t need a visa to get into Spain.
For those arriving from outside of the EU, you will need to apply for a visa if you’re looking to stay for longer than 90 days – something you will typically be doing if you’re looking to study in Spain. You should apply for a visa as far in advance as you can, and ensure that your passport has plenty of time left on it.
Though it can seem quite overwhelming, the opportunities for experiencing a new culture, a new way of life and a new language are incredible when you’re looking to study in Spain. Take your time when making your decisions, and you might well have the best few years of your life studying abroad!
Before you take the plunge you can also try a free Spanish Demo to whet your appetite!