Spain is a world leader in the development and implementation of electronic signature and electronic document-identification systems, and a pioneer in the development of the world's most advanced antivirus software.

Spanish - A global language

With over 500 million native speakers Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world today, after Chinese.

In fact, Spanish is the official language of 20 countries in the world.

Studying in Spain is a great opportunity to learn and improve your Spanish.

Culture and costs

Spain offers an outstanding cultural experience that is affordable! The cost of living in Spain is lower than in many other countries in the European Union.

Spain has the third-largest number of cultural sites included in UNESCO’s list of 42 World Heritage Cultural Sites and 11 Intangible Cultural Heritage Properties: In 2017 Spain received more than 80 million tourists.

Average length of a full-time higher education programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: 4 years
  • Master’s degree programme: 1-2 years
  • Doctorate/PhD: 3-4 years

Tuition fee for non EU-students:

  • Tuition fees range from EUR 700 to 20000 per year and depend on the institution and study program.
  • Population: 47.35 milion (2021)
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Geographical size: 505,970 km2
  • GDP: € 1.13 trillion (2021)
  • Official EU language(s): Spanish
  • Currency: Euro

The Spanish university system is made up of 84 universities, alongside 322 research institutes and 78 science and technology parks. As part of the European Higher Education Area, degrees issued by Spanish universities are recognized and valued academically and professionally around the world.

World class-education

Spain is a world leader in academic excellence, innovation, technology and knowledge transfer:

  • Spain has 34 universities in 55 subjects in the Top 100 of world subject rankings and even 4 in the Top 10 (QS and Shanghai ARWU) in disciplines such as: Civil Engineering, Marine and Ocean Engineering, Veterinary Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Business and Management, Remote Sensing and others.
  • Spain ranks 11 in the QS 2017 Ranking of Higher Education Systems Strength.

Number of higher education institutions: 84

Number of international students in higher education: 95000+

Accommodation approx. 450 euros

Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and on the season but the prices per month usually range from €350–550 in the dormitories to €300–700 in private flats.

Food approx. 250 euros

Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 100 euros

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts.

Total per month approx. 800 Euros

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Spain are approximately 700-1000 euros. 

You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Admission letter of the Higher education institution
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of appropriate travel health insurance
  • Flight reservation
  • Other documents

Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.

If you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, there are some restrictions if you want to work alongside your studies. Your employer has to provide you with a work permit.

You can only work if you have this specific work permit and can either work for a maximum of 20 hours/week during the year, or fulltime during your summer holidays.

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