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Study Abroad - Spain


Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and for good reason. Located on the Iberian peninsula and bordered by France and Portugal, Spain is a beautiful country with a long history and rich culture, known for its architecture, food and wonderful climate.
The country is composed of a number of semi-autonomous regions each with a distinct culture and sometimes even local language. In Spain, you can find any landscape from beaches to high mountains – with climates to match. There are historic and modern universities to choose from in large and small cities in every part of the country.

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

Spain is one of the most visited European countries and a preferred study destination for many international students who wish to discover its interesting culture and lifestyle. The Kingdom of Spain has a rich history and provides enchanting experiences whether in large cities, the countryside or on the beach.

Why Study in Spain?

1) Quality Education: students can also choose to study in Spain as the educational system is well-organized and properly executed, designed to provide students of all levels with the utmost learning opportunities.

2) Fascinating History and culture: Spain’s diverse culture, warm climate, lavish lifestyle, top-notch higher education system, and exchange opportunities make it a major attraction for international students worldwide. 

3) Cost effective: In terms of affordability, cities in Spain are usually less expensive than the cities in other European countries. Some of the most economical cities of Spain are Bilbao, Valencia, Granada, Alicante, Cordoba, Santiago De Compostela, Cadiz, Palma De Mallorca etc

4) Well-Known Universities :Being home to the most renowned universities in the world, Spain provides a wide range of opportunities for international students.

5) Best Cuisine in Europe: Besides a luxurious lifestyle, another aspect that makes Spain widely known is its cuisine. Spanish cuisine has developed over the centuries into delicious dishes made from natural ingredients from all parts of the country

Eligibility Criteria for study in Spain

If you applied to study in Spain and got a letter of acceptance, how do you get your student visa? The answer depends on which country you’re from!  Student visas in Spain are usually easy to obtain after you get accepted into a Spanish university.

1) Foreign (non-EU) students generally need a long term visa to enter Spain which can be requested from a Spanish consulate or embassy in your country of permanent residence.

2) US students do not require a study visa if they plan on being in the country for less than 90 days. 

EU Students:

Students from the EU and the EEA do not need a student visa in order to study in Spain.

Obtaining a student visa to study in Spain for non-EU students is a bit trickier but it is usually easily obtainable after you’ve enrolled in a Spanish university.

The best practice is always to call or email the Spanish Embassy in your country and ask for specific information.

Full list of consulates and embassies here.

Usually, the requirements for a student visa consist of the following:

1) A valid passport.

2) Medical insurance that will cover any costs for the duration of your studying in Spain. Having student medical insurance is very important in case of a sudden illness or accidents.

3) Proof that you have the financial resources and accommodation for the period for which you are requesting the visa, and where applicable, the funds to guarantee your return to your country.

4) statement that is proof you can support yourself during your studies

Unless you are doing a shorter course, your program will last longer than six months so you will also need:

5) A criminal record certificate for Spain and your previous countries of residence in the last five years for crimes included under Spanish legislation.

6) A medical certificate stating that you do not suffer from any diseases with serious repercussions for public health in accordance with the provisions of international health regulations.

It is important to know that you can’t enter Spain with a tourist visa and then apply for a student visa. You will have to return to your home country and apply from there.

For Indian Students:

1) Schengen Student Visa 

A Student Schengen Visa is a permit to enter the Schengen Zone. It is provided to the third-country nationals who wish to stay in any of the member states of the European Union for shorter durations in order to fulfill their study-related purposes. This visa allows students to stay in the Schengen territory for 3 months. 

If your study program or training course is longer than three months, you should apply for a Long-Stay Study Visa at the embassy of the respective country.

2)  Short-Term Student Visa

A Short-Term Student Visa lasts up to 3 to 6 months. Students who wish to pursue a course in Spain for the same duration should apply for this visa. The application process for this visa is not complex. 

If the length of your course is more than 180 days, you can apply for a long-term student visa to Spain.

3) Long-Term Student Visa 

A Long-Term Student Visa allows you to pursue courses that are longer than six months. The application process for this visa demands more paperwork than the previously explained visas. The procedure to apply for this visa involves providing proof of financial funds and medical insurance along with the visa application.

Once you get a long-term Spanish student visa, you will also need to apply for a student residence card within a month after arrival.


Documents Required for Spain Student Visa

Documents required for a Spanish student visa depend on many factors, one being the country of your origin. Generally, the set of documents required for your student visa application are: 

1) Two correctly completed application forms

2) Valid passport

3) Identification card (ID card)

4) Two recent passport size photographs

5) Letter of admission from the selected university

6) Proof of health insurance

7)Evidence of sufficient funds 

8) Account statement from your bank 

9) Document Proving that you have been awarded a scholarship

10) Notarized letter from parents or legal guardian

11) Letter from university/school 

12) Proof that you have paid the fees of the university

13) Medical certificate

14) Certificate of criminal record (not more than three months old).

What after Study?

Job Search Visa:

A residency permit for one year, allowing graduates to look for work in the country. It is a non-renewable and non-extendable permit. If you find work successfully, you can then apply for your residency in Spain with permission to legally work in the country. Applications are entertained from 60 days before the expiry of student NIE or Foreigners Identity Number or till 90 days post expiry. The procedure requires 20-90 days on average. Here are some other points worth noting: 

1) You should apply just after or before graduation while staying in the country at that particular time. You can apply up to 6 months post the receipt of your degree. You will have to check the list of eligible courses before applying. You also need to prove that you can financially support yourself throughout your stay in the country. 

2) Other documents include a motivation letter (giving a brief on your plans) and an updated resume along with healthcare coverage proof and legal documents (student visa copy, passport and student ID). 

3) You can only take this pathway if you are looking for highly-qualified employment, i.e. a managerial or technical work position with high remuneration. 

Post Study Work Visa:

1) Work as an Employee (Highly Skilled Professional Visa)

Non-EU citizens should discover jobs listed on the Shortage Occupation List. They can then appeal for work visas from the Spanish Ministry of Labor. Work permit applications may require a processing time of up to 8 months.

2) Self-Employed or Freelance Workers

Working as a freelancer in Spain means applying for your work visa at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate. Work visas have validity for a year but may be renewed if all conditions are fulfilled. Necessary documents include the following: 

1) Proof of funds. 

2) Evidence of experience and skills. 

3) Business plan if required. 

4) Commissions or contracts from companies if applicable. 

5) Any necessary registration or license for a particular industry. 

3) EU Blue Card

This is for aspirants who have spent a minimum of three years earning their higher education degree, enabling them to take employment as skilled professionals in Spain. 4) Entrepreneur Visa

You may start your business and obtain your residency after that. You will have to fulfil stringent Government criteria for getting this permit.


1) Decide on the university where you want to apply


2) Prepare to apply : You will be charged an application fee with the submission, so be prepared and put money aside especially for this first step


3)  Ensure to meet the language requirements: For the programs in English, universities recommend you provide a certificate of proficiency. The most popular and requested tests are:

1) IELTS Academic


3) PTE Academic

4) Submit the required application documents

Specific application documents

If you want the most out of your experience, you should have these documents when    you’re preparing for a Spanish Master’s degree: 

1) Your birth certificate

2) Your Social Security Card

3) Information regarding healthcare and insurances in Spain

4) Information regarding the banks and credit institutions in Spain

5) Contacts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and your country’s embassy

6) A planned-out budget for your stay

5)   Meet the university application deadlines

A list of general dates:

1) July: deadline for the main courses

2) Middle of September or early October: first semester starts

3) December or early January: first semester finishes

4) January: final exam of the first semester takes place

5) End of January of the first of February: second semester starts

6) May: second semester ends

7) June: final exam of the second semester

7)  Take the final steps after receiving your acceptance letter :Start researching and preparing for your student visa and residence card


Facts about Spain

Spain’s school system is overall considered to be very good. Spain has public, private (colegios privados), and semi-private (colegios concertinos) schools, that enjoy an overall good reputation in terms of education. Spain’s even listed among the top ten countries worldwide with the best international schools.

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