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Study in Spain

Everything you need to know about studying in Spain as an international student.

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Why study in Spain?

Spain has a long tradition of excellence in education, with the first university being set up in the 13th century. It is a popular destination for international students because of its educational system, rich history, and European culture.

The country offers students a mixture of beautiful countryside and vibrant cities, as well as further travel opportunities to other European countries nearby.

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What are the best programs in Spain?

Spain’s current degree system was not developed until Spain came under the European Higher Education Area. Spain now has the same general bachelor’s degree and master’s degree system found in many other countries.

Like elsewhere in Europe the majority of undergraduate programs in Spain last for three years, with more professional degree subjects such as medicine taking longer.

Universities and colleges in Spain can specialize in particular fields, as is the case with business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a BA, BSc, MBA or doctorate degree, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study in Spain.

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How Studee can help you

  1. University & program search

    Find the right program for you and your career aspirations
  2. Application guidance

    We'll get you to the right place to start your application
  3. Visa & travel advice

    Get help after application, all the way to your first day at university

Our team of advisors is ready to support you at every step of your study abroad journey.
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What is the cost of studying in Spain?

Public universities in Spain will charge international students around €3,000 per year. Private universities can have higher tuition fees reaching €20,000 per year.

Accommodation in Spain is cheaper than many other European countries, but some apartments are offered unfurnished so you could have to find your own furniture. Eating out is cheap if you stick to neighborhood restaurants and local bars, whilst public transport is plentiful in big cities but limited in smaller ones.

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 1.5 million Student population
  • Spanish and regional languages such as Catalan and Basque Languages
  • 78 Universities

Where can you study in Spain?

Spain’s culture varies from region to region, with different cuisines, customs and even languages. You could be learning Catalan in Barcelona, enjoy the North African feel of Granada or learn about historical Spain in Madrid.

International students coming to study in Spain have plenty of lively student cities to choose from, including Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao or Valencia.

Universities in Spain

What are the requirements to study in Spain?


Undergraduate study in Spain is covered by the Lisbon Convention, so if you are a European Union student who has completed school study in your home country, you’ll also qualify for higher education study in Spain. Non-EU students will need to pass the Selectividad, which is the Spanish university entrance examination. This includes tests on text analysis, the history of Spain and a foreign language exam.

English language tests

Spanish universities can accept a range of English Language tests including IELTS academic test and TOEFL iBT. Always check with specific university requirements as to what you’ll need to prove your English language ability.

Spain student visa

If your program of study in Spain will be full-time and last for more than six months, you’ll need to apply for a student visa (Type D). When you have accepted an offer from a university you can go to a Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country to apply for a visa.

Within 30 days of your arrival in Spain you’ll need to get a student’s residence permit from your local Foreigner’s Office.

Spain student visa requirements

How to study in Spain

  1. Find a Spanish university and a program you want to study
  2. Create an account for the online application platform
  3. Fill in your personal details
  4. Upload your documents including transcripts, passport, English language test result, and anything else required by the specific university
  5. Pay the application fee and submit the application
  6. Wait to see if you have been accepted
  7. Accept an offer from the University and pay any fees or deposits
  8. Apply for a Spanish Type D visa in preparation for your residence permit

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