Study in Spain for International Students
While you can choose from a large number of programs to study in Spain in English, you may want to brush up your language skills before and while you are there. That will make it much easier to interact with locals, and also equip you with the fourth-most spoken language in the world. You will find many friends in the country’s vibrant, diverse student community. Spanish students work hard, but they find plenty of time for fun.
Universities in Spain
There are a large number of universities of Spain, many of which hold a great reputation internationally and get ranked high in international rankings. Although most universities in Spain focus on teaching in Spanish, the trend points toward more degree programs offered in English. Some of the most notable Spanish public universities include the University of Barcelona, the Complutense University of Madrid, and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. If you are thinking about getting an MBA, Spain might be the place for you. Three of Europe’s top 10 business schools are located in Spain: IESE Business School, IE Business School, and Esade Business School. These highly respected institutions have spawned many international top managers.
Cost of living and tuition fees in Spain
Good news for students: Tuition fees for study in Spain are among the lowest in Europe. The tuition fees for Bachelor programs range from 750 EUR to 2,500 EUR per year, and tuition fees for Master programs are around 1,000 to 3,500 EUR per year – making Spain a cheap destination for international students. Private universities set their own fees, which can be as high as 20,000 EUR per year. The cost of living in Spain varies by location, but in general it is easy to live well in Spain on a student budget. Food is cheap and high quality and there are many inexpensive fashionable clothing shops. However, it can be expensive to find accommodation in large cities like Madrid and Barcelona. If you are on a very tight budget you could consider cheaper cities such as Valencia or Seville. And remember, public transport in Spain is efficient and cheap, so you will be able to experience everything the country has to offer no matter where you choose to base your studies.
University tuition fees for study in Spain
Tuition fees in Spain vary based on different factors, such as the type of higher education institution (private or public), the degree type, the number of credits, the region where you study, and your nationality.
Tuition fees in public universities
Public universities for study in Spain offer two types of degrees: official degrees and university-specific degrees. For official degrees, each Autonomous Community establishes limits for tuition. They usually range between:
- 150 – 3,500 EUR/year for Bachelor’s programs
- 300 – 3,500 EUR/year for Master’s programs
For university-specific degrees, each institution is free to set any tuition fee, because there are no limits imposed by the authorities.
Tuition fees in private universities
Private universities have higher tuition fees, but usually not exceeding 20,000 EUR/academic year. Some programmes offered by business schools can cost over 25,000 EUR/year. You’ll also find MBAs and International Management degrees that charge tuition fees of 30,000 EUR/year or more.
Most affordable universities in Spain
These are some of the Spanish universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
- University of Granada – the average tuition is 821 EUR/year
- University of Valencia – the average tuition is 2,600 EUR/year
- University of Santiago de Compostela – the average tuition is 1,600 EUR/year
- Universitat Rovira i Virgili – the average tuition is 2,900 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Spanish universities:
- Autonomous University of Madrid – average tuition is between 2,000 and 3,000 EUR/year
- University of Barcelona – average tuition is 2,900 EUR/year
- Pompeu Fabra University – tuition ranges between 3,000 and 4,000 EUR/year
- Autonomous University of Barcelona – average tuition fees are 3,500 EUR/year
2. Costs of living in Spain for international students
Average living costs in Spanish cities
Generally, Spain is a relatively affordable country where international students should not feel financially pressured.
- You’ll need between 900 – 1,100 EUR to live in Spain. Costs are higher if you choose Madrid or Barcelona, which are the most expensive Spanish cities.
- In cities like Valencia, Seville or Cadiz, you can enjoy cheaper costs of living, around 700 – 900 EUR/month on average.
Student accommodation costs
The main housing options for students in Spain are:
- Student residence halls – prices range from 360 to 650 EUR/month.
- Rent an apartment – Many students prefer this option. Prices start at around 200 EUR and go over 1,000 EUR/month. You can find websites like Uniplaces or Resa, which help you compare different living places. One way to reduce your expenses is to share an apartment with other students.
- Living with a Spanish family – Prices can vary based on region, living conditions, and so on. You can find online services that help you get in touch with Spanish families.
Other costs associated with student accommodation
Renting a private apartment or studio does not necessarily mean that its monthly cost includes all the expenses. You have to add:
- Basic utilities (electricity, water, heating, garbage): 115 EUR/month
- Internet: 30 EUR/month
Students in Spain will find plenty of choices from the local cuisine, such as “paella”, “escabeche” or “merienda”. For your monthly groceries, you would normally spend between 200 and 400 EUR. It depends a lot on your habits: if you cook or not, how often you eat out, and so on. Some of the cheapest supermarkets in Spain are Dia, Bally, Dani and Mercadona.
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs around 10 EUR, while a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is 35 EUR.
A regular trip by public transport usually costs 1.5 EUR, and a monthly transport pass is 42 EUR and a little over 54 EUR in large cities.
You can travel around Spain and see its lovely cities with AVE (speed train): the average price for a trip is 75 EUR. With the youth travel card, you can get major discounts.
If you prefer private transport over walking, you can also rent a car from local companies.
- Books, supplies and other learning materials: 900 EUR/year
- Special classes with different fees: from 30 EUR to around 200 EUR
- Health insurance: between 70 and 180 EUR/year.
Although there are many programs taught in English, For the programs in English, universities recommend you provide a certificate of proficiency. The most popular and requested tests are:
- IELTS (6.0 above)
- Proof of earning your Bachelor’s degree
- A copy of your passport
- A copy of your transcripts
- Your birth certificate
- Your Social Security Card
- Information regarding healthcare and insurances in Spain
- Information regarding the banks and credit institutions in Spain
- Contacts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and your country’s embassy
- A planned-out budget for your stay
Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter
Start preparing for your Visa and Residence Card. It is very important to complete your Spanish Visa application.
Requirements for Visa are;
- The proof you were accepted at a university in Spain
- Your passport (and be sure it is updated)
- Completed application
- Photo ID
- Birth certificate
- Six year old bank statement in running account
When all is said and done, it all comes down to you being accepted to the program you chose.
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