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Study in Spain

Graduate programs in Spain

Spain is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and is also a great place to study as a postgraduate. From the legacy of the Moors in Granada, to Basque and Catalan influences, this is a country full of culture, languages and history.

Students coming to take postgraduate study in Spain have plenty of great student cities to choose from, whether Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao or Valencia.

Population: 47,265,000

Education overview

The Spanish education system allows for four main kinds of university. These are:

  • University schools (escuelas universitarias) – short-term courses
  • University colleges (colegios universitarios) – Five year programs leading to professional employment
  • Faculties (facultades) – offers all courses except technical programs
  • Higher technical schools of engineering and architecture (escuela superior de ingeniera y arquitectura)

Postgraduate degrees in Spain take between seven months to two years to study, depending on the subject and mode of study.
Fees in Spain depend on whether you study at a public university or private, but in general, you should expect a Masters degree to cost between €4,000 to €30,000.

Immigration and visas in Spain

EU students are able to come and study in Spain providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • 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 Spain

Spain is a popular tourist destination for students from throughout the world and is also one of the biggest countries in Europe. Nearly 85,000 international students choose to study in Spain each year and lifestyle is a big part of the draw.

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

Food plays a huge part in Spain, so expect lunches and dinners to be long, drawn out affairs and don’t forget about afternoon siestas!

Working in Spain

Spain’s economy has been heavily affected by the Euro crisis and unemployment among young people in Spain is at 25% in some places, so finding a permanent job post-studies in Spain might be difficult.

The economy has traditionally focused around tourism, the automobile industry and energy. Indeed, tourism is estimated to employ more than 2 million people in Spain.


The cost of accommodation in Spain varies depending on the city you choose to live in and the type of accommodation you want. The two main types of accommodation in Italy for international students are:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – such as house and flat rentals

Many postgraduate students will opt to live in private accommodation, although halls of residence are good for meeting fellow students and settling into university life more easily.

Climate in Spain

Spain’s climate can be separated into three regions – the Mediterranean climate of most of the country, the semiarid climate of the south east, and the oceanic climate of the north. In general, Spain has warm summers and mild winters, with summer running from June to August and winter from December to February.


Spain has the most extensive high speed railway network in Europe, and the second most extensive after China. It is also an airport hub, with more than 45 airports in the country.

Most major cities in Spain have metro systems, which are cheap and effective ways of travelling around.


The currency of the Spain is the Euro.

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