In Spain, nearly 80 state and private universities have been established over the past seven centuries. In recent decades, Spain's educational system has undergone significant changes in order to improve the quality of studies and increase the number of educational programmes. In terms of the number of foreign students enrolling at its universities, Spain is one of the leading countries in the EU.

    The reasons for studying in this country are the following:


    • A favourable climate
    • Excellent options for international studies, political sciences and languages
    • Barcelona, which has become an IT hub
    • Its culture, excellent food and relaxed life


    What can be an impediment to studying in Spain is the Spanish language. B2 level is required for most universities. And most of the study programmes are either entirely in Spanish or bilingual. Studies in English are usually more expensive and there is a very limited choice of programmes. For more information about Spanish lessons, see here.

    How much does it cost to study in Spain?


    Tuition fees at universities in Spain vary depending on whether the university is a private or state one, on the study programmes it offers, but also on whether it is located in a larger or smaller place. Spain has about 81 state and private universities. The average cost is around €5,000 per year, but it can be more. At private universities, such as IE, the EU Business School and ESADE, scholarships range from €13,000 to €20,000 per year.



    Students who want to study or engage in research work must also have an appropriate student visa in order to live in Spain legally. In the case of research or specialist training which does not last longer than three months, the residents of some countries do not need this type of visa. Apart for visas, foreign students must apply for a student residence identification card to be issued to them. This document must be issued no later than 30 days after entering the country.


    When you receive a written confirmation of enrolment in the relevant faculties, submit a request for a student visa with this confirmation and the accompanying documentation.


    In addition to the mentioned confirmation, it is necessary to have:

    • A valid passport
    • The curriculum for the studies or the specialist training you have enrolled in
    • Evidence of covered health insurance costs throughout the period of stay in Spain
    • A medical certificate as proof that you are mentally and physically healthy and able to attend studies
    • Proof of possession of the financial means to live for the specified period of study
    • Proof that you have not been prosecuted in the last five years you have been living in the country from which you are applying for a visa

    It is crucial that all the documentation used for the application is translated into Spanish with the appropriate stamp of a court interpreter.


    Spanish is a language we all know very well, that we have had the opportunity to get to know while travelling, through watching sports, as well as through the very popular Spanish-language soap operas. During your studies you can find a job and work up to 20 hours a week as a non-EU student, or full-time if you are an EU citizen. The jobs are mostly for students, on campus, or you can work in the international office of the university in charge of registration and enrolment. Hourly wages are between €8 and €10. For Spanish studies, you need B2 level, while for English-language studies you have to have an internationally recognised certificate (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE).

    After finishing studies, students from non-EU countries have the right to stay six months, to look for a job or apply for a master’s programme, while for EU students this is not the case, nor do they need a visa. Some universities in Spain allow a stay of up to 18 months after graduation. Regarding accommodation, as in most European countries, the dominant type of accommodation is flats. Students generally rent a room within a larger flat, which, depending on the location or the specific city, as well as on the number of flatmates with whom this space is shared, can cost from €300 to €500. Student dormitories are not a popular choice for accommodation.