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Study a graduate program in San Sebastian

Population: 185,000

City overview

San Sebastian is everything that Bilbao is not. A beautiful city, with great beaches and a lively nightlife, this is an excellent and exciting place to be an international students.

San Sebastian is also a youthful city and is home to many students from around the world. Its popularity with tourists means that it has plenty of nightlife, music and bars to visit, particularly around the Parte Vieja (Old Town).

Education profile

San Sebastian is known as a university town and has plenty of places to study. You can study a graduate program in San Sebastian at the following universities:
  • Universidad de Navarra
  • Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU)
  • Universidad de Deusto
  • University of Mondragon
You can study for both research and taught masters in San Sebastian, with most courses taking between seven months to two years to complete, depending on the subject and mode of study.

Immigration and visas

EU students are able to study a graduate program in San Sebastian without needing a visa, providing they study at an approved institution, are on a course lasting more than three months and have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies.
Non-EU students will usually need to apply for a student visa depending on their nationality. If you need a visa, you will need to demonstrate the following:
  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

Life in San Sebastian

San Sebastian has a reputation as a party town, with a constant influx of tourists and a big student population. However, you’re just as likely to spend the day on the beach as in the bar. This is a pretty city which is big on socialising.

One thing to get used to is the relaxed nature of San Sebastian. Shops close for lunch and siestas, dinner is often not taken until 10pm and bars don’t get going until midnight.

Working in San Sebastian

San Sebastian’s economy is focused around commerce and tourism. The city is one of Spain’s most famous and popular destinations, so an entire industry has been built around hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

EU students are able to work while studying their graduate program in San Sebastian, with plenty of opportunities for bar work and English teaching. However, most non-EU will not be able to work in San Sebastian due to the terms of their student visa.

Accommodation

The majority of international students coming to study a graduate program in San Sebastian will opt to live in accommodation provided by their chosen university, whether in halls of accommodation or smaller flats. The benefits of this include being able to meet other students more easily, getting support from your university and often living close to the university.

It is possible to find private accommodation in San Sebastian – many universities will help you find a flat or house if you contact them well in advance of moving.

Weather and climate

San Sebastian has a typically Basque climate, with warm summers, mild winters and plenty of rainfall. The main summer months are between July and September when temperatures average around 23C, while winter is at its coldest between December and February.
Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, so make sure you bring an umbrella.

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