Study for a graduate program abroad in Zaragoza
City overviewZaragoza (Saragossa) is a vibrant, elegant and fascinating city. Located on the banks of the mighty Río Ebro, the residents comprise over half of Aragón's population and enjoy a lifestyle that revolves around some of the best tapas bars in the province, as well as superb shopping and a vigorous nightlife.
But Zaragoza is so much more than just a good-time city: it also has a host of historical sights spanning all the great civilisations that have left their indelible mark on the Spanish soul.
Zaragoza is also very well-situated to explore Spain. It’s halfway between Madrid and Barcelona, and both cities can be reached in three hours by car or 1.5 hours on the AVE (high-speed train; a luxury ride and cheap).Two hours to the north and you’ll find yourself in the Pyrenees, breathing in the clean air and able to take advantage of the multitude of activities, like hiking, skiing, snowboarding, abseiling, caving, camping and paragliding. Beaches on each coast can be reached within two to three hours, and there are many picturesque villages along the way with cobbled lanes, monasteries and castles to be explored.
Education profileZaragoza is home to one of Spain’s oldest universities the University of Zaragoza. The institution is a major research and development centre. The public university is home to 3, 528 graduate students.
The city also has a private university, Universidad San Jorge, located in 14 kilometres (9 miles) to the north in Villanueva de Gallego.
Immigration and visasNon-EU students
All non-EU students must request authorisation to study and stay in Spain. To request and authorisation to study and stay in Spain you must apply for the corresponding student visa at the Consulate General of Spain or Embassy in the country of origin or residence. Please, understand that the length of this process and the requirements vary based on each Consular Office policy. In the worst case scenario, it could take you up to 4 months to get the visa. It is therefore very important that you contact the Spanish Consular Office or Embassy to start this process as soon as possible after your admission is confirmed.
The documents that can be requested are as follows (some extra documents may be also required depending on the Consulate/Embassy. Please check with them directly).
· Schengen Visa Application Form (one copy enclosed) and four recent ID color photos on white background.
· A valid passport for a minimum of six months
· Acceptance letter to study issued by the Zaragoza Logistics Center
· Academic documentation of completed studies
· Disposal to accommodations in Spain. (e.g. Hotel Reservation or Halls of Residence Certificate)
· Guarantee of returning to home country (e.g. flight reservations and, upon approval of visa, confirmed roundtrip ticket)
· Access to sufficient financial means for you, and when necessary, for your family during the requested period of stay (e.g. Bank Statement or adequate documentation by parents/guardians proving financial support, scholarship certificates)
· Health insurance for the duration of stay covering all medical and repatriation expenses for you and your family
· Heath certificate issued by an authorized doctor
· Police clearance certificate issued by the authorities of the country or countries where you have resided in the past five years.
A Schengen Visa will allow travelers to visit the following 25 EU Member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
All Schengen countries are in Europe. However, it should not be confused with the EU (European Union). Schengen and European Union are two different agreements between European countries. A total of 25 countries, including all European Union countries (except Ireland, United Kingdom, Croatia, Cyprus,
Bulgaria and Romania) and three non-EU members (Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland) have signed the Schengen agreement.
However, only 15 countries have implemented the common border control and visa provisions.
Since the student visa is issued just for three months, once you arrive in Spain you must apply for the foreigner identity card (TIE) that will allow you to legally reside in Spain. This card is called “student card” and we will help you get it once you get to Spain.
Family members of non-EU students
If you apply for a student visa you can request the corresponding visas for your family members to legally stay and enter in Spain during the duration of your studies or research. The term “family member” refers to, for those purposes, the spouse and children under 18 years old or disabled children, which can also be exceptionally extended to other family members if justified by humanitarian circumstances.
If you are an EU citizen you will not require a visa to enter Spain.
Working in ZaragozaUnemployment amongst young people in Spain is high following the Euro Crisis and has been as high as 25% in some places, so finding a job post-studies in Spain might be difficult.
AccommodationThe majority of international students coming to study in Zaragoza will opt to live in accommodation provided by their chosen university.
Otherwise there are the following alternatives:
· Servicio de Alojamiento. Universidad de Zaragoza http://alojamiento.unizar.es/
· Apartments/rooms: http://ebro3.unizar.es:8080/alojamiento/buscar.html
· Residence Halls: https://www.unizar.es/vida-universitaria/colegios-mayores.
· UZ Program "Vivir y compartir":
· Student housing program of the city of Zaragoza: http://www.zaragoza.es/ciudad/sectores/jovenes/cipaj/cont/idiomas/alquileren.htm
Weather and climateThe weather is Zaragoza varies throughout the year and the climate is often described as 'continental'. This means warm summers and colder winters, although temperatures rarely drop below 0°C / 32°F during Zaragoza's winter months.
Spring: The spring weather and climate in Zaragoza is fairly fresh, with winds from the nearby Ebro Valley. Although spring in one of the wettest times of the year in Zaragoza, the climate is generally fairly dry and rainy weather soon clears up, with showers often being short-lived. May averages around 38 mm / 1.5 inches of rain each year.
Summer: Summers in Zaragoza bring the best weather, with many sunny days from May to September. Temperatures during Zaragoza's summer months average around 28°C / 82°F, peaking during July and August at 35°C / 95°F, or on occasion ever higher. Evenings are mild in the summer, although temperatures soon drop and a jacket is often necessary. Many outdoor fiestas are held during Zaragoza's summer months, taking advantage of this fine, reliable weather. Al fresco dining is also popular in the summer, with many restaurants featuring popular patio areas.
Autumn / Fall: Autumn can be a pleasant and appealing time to visit Zaragoza, outside of the high season. Still offering plenty of sunny weather and a warm climate, rain is not uncommon during Zaragoza's autumn months. Daytime temperatures during September average around 25°C / 77°F, however, by the end of October, temperatures have dropped to 18°C / 64°F.
Winter: Although the winter climate is the coldest time of the year in Zaragoza, temperatures generally remain well above freezing. Ground frosts are infrequent and amongst the fresh, overcast days, many fine clear skies and sunny weather can be expected.
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