Study In Spain - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Spain as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Spain as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Spain

Why study in Spain

Cost of studying in Spain

Universities in Spain for international students

Cost of living in Spain for international students

How to get a visa to study in Spain

How to apply and study in Spain

Tuition fees to study in Spain

Applying to study in Spain


There is no centralized application system for Spanish universities, and each institution will set its own entry requirements and deadlines – so be careful to check with the university itself. You may need to sit an entrance examination, though EU students and others who have completed International Baccalaureates will often be excused this part of the procedure.

Teaching, as you might expect, will almost certainly be in Spanish, so it’s important that you have a grasp of the language; in many cases you’ll struggle to even apply without this

Applying to universities in Spain


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


The cost of studying in Spain and for international students


The tuition fees and cost of studying depends on the university you want to enroll in and the course you want to study.


In Spain, the tuition fees for a bachelor degree is about USD 1000 to USD 2000 a semester in public universities. The tuition fees is a fixed amount placed by the autonomous community, though the central government can set amounts of tuition costs of school within the area.


The tuition fees in private universities is about USD 10,000 to USD 25,000 per year for international students.


In addition to the actual tuition fees that you will incur to attend a university in Spain, there are additional fees you should prepare for, such as


Book supplies

Personal expenses


College application fees

Special class fees.


Cost of living in Spain for international students


The cost of living in Spain is not the same for everyone. It depends on where you live and your lifestyle or spending habit.


The cost of accommodation will be the highest expense on your list while studying in Spain. With about USD 1000 a month, you can get a good apartment outside big cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. As an international student, you will require about USD 1500 a month to cover all your expenses such as accommodation, transport, feeding etc. As said earlier, the cost of living in Spain also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of a student.


Visa to study in Spain


As an international student, you will require a visa to study in Spain. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Spain visa


What documents will be required?

Visas must be applied for in person or through a duly accredited representative at the Spanish Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post of the district in which the applicant legally resides. Should there be no Spanish Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post in a certain country, visas may be applied for at the Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post representing Spain in said country.


When submitting an application for a visa, an established fee must be paid (generally € 60), which shall not be refunded in the event of the application being denied. In certain cases, which should be consulted at Spanish Diplomatic Missions or Consular Posts, current legislation sets forth a reduction or waiver of the fee. Other requirements should be consulted at the Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post where the visa is to be applied for, because they can vary depending on the reason for the trip and the applicant's country of origin.

           fully completed visa application form

           two passport photographs

           valid national passport & one copy

           original of valid resident visa

           confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage & one copy

           proof of group travel/ hotel booking in Spain/ airline reservation for Spain & one copy

           Closed round-trip or tour ticket

           current bank statement & one copy

           reference letter from your employer/ education institution

           Document certifying the existence of commercial, industrial, or other

           visa fees for Spanish Visa.

Time required to issue a visa:

The deadline for processing short-term (Schengen) visa applications is 15 calendar days after the application has been submitted. This period may be extended to up to 30 calendar days in specific cases, especially when a more detailed examination of the application is necessary. Exceptionally, in specific cases where additional documents are necessary, this period may be extended to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

How long is the visa valid for?

Short Stay or Schengen Visas are valid for short stays (up to 90 days)

Refusal and appeals:

In the event that a visa is refused, the applicant shall be notified by means of a standard form indicating the grounds for refusal. In this case, a contentious-administrative appeal may be lodged before the High Court of Justice of Madrid within two months after the notification date, or, optionally, an appeal for reversal before the same Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post within a month after the refusal notification date.

Other information:

Place of application:

The visa is requested and issued in the Spanish diplomatic missions and consular offices.

Where there is no Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office in a particular country, a transit or visitor’s visa can be requested from the diplomatic mission or consular office which represents Spain in that country.


The visa must be requested and collected in person at the diplomatic mission or consular office for the area in which the foreign national resides.

This can also be done via a duly authorized proxy in the case of a transit, visitor’s or resident’s visa for reasons of family reunification.

The required fee must be paid at the moment the visa is requested, and will not be refunded in the event the application is refused.

Any other requirements must be consulted in the diplomatic mission or consular office where the visa is requested, as they may vary according to the type of visa and the applicant’s country of origin.

Visa issue:

The foreign national must collect his or her visa within two months of being notified that it has been granted. In the case of a resident’s, work, or student’s visa, the holder must obtain a foreign national’s identity card within one month of his or her entry into Spain.

Refusal and appeals:

Whenever the diplomatic missions and consular offices decide to refuse a visa, the applicant must be always notified. However they are under no obligation to provide reasons for the refusal, except in the case of visas for family reunification or for work for third parties.

You may appeal the refusal of a visa either by means of a request for reconsideration from the same diplomatic mission or consular office with one month, or by requesting a judicial review before the Supreme Court in Madrid, within two months.

Student Visas for Spain:

This type of visa allows you to study or do research work in Spain for periods exceeding 3 months.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to study in Spain for less than 90 days.

This visa must be obtained for studies under 3 months by all nationals that are not EU citizens or they are from the countries that require visas to travel to the Schengen countries.

The application must be submitted in person by you or through an authorized representative (it must have a notarized authorization).

Applications are not accepted by mail.

By submitting your student visa application you can also apply for the visa for your spouse and children under 18 years of age.

The visa will be affixed to your passport before you depart the United States and it must be presented at your point of entry into the Schengen countries.

Documents you must submit in order to apply for a Student Visa:

- 2 Schengen Application forms dully filled out and signed.

- Passport. The passport must be valid for the intended period of your stay in Spain with at least one blank page to affix the visa. Also provide either of the following: US drivers license, US State ID card, current student ID.

- 2 recent photos passport size with a white background. Staple one photo on each of the application forms.

- Letter of acceptance as a full time student from Spain's University/School or US program indicating: name, address and registration number of the school with Spain's Department of Education; (Ministerio de Educación de España) full payment of tuition, duration of the program, subjects of the study and hours of study per week which must be no less than 20.

- Health Insurance (original form): International insurance coverage for health/accident with a minimum coverage equal to $37,000 during the planning period of stay in Spain (or its equivalency in dollars).

- Proofs of financial means during your stay: Please provide one of the following:

1. Letter from the University or School in Spain or in the USA assuming full financial responsibility during your stay (this is often included into the acceptance letter)

2. Proof of financial aid or scholarship for at least $1,000 per month for room and board.

3. Notarized letter from your parents or legal guardians assuming full financial responsibility for at least $1,000 per month for room and board. Suggested wording: “I hereby certify that I'm the (father/mother/other) of (...), will support him/her with a monthly allowance of at least $1,000 while he/she is in Spain and that I'm financially responsible for any emergency that may arise".

4. Personal bank account statements showing at least $1,000 per month of stay.

-"Money-Order" to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $100 for US citizens or $ 92,40* for the other nationalities payable to the Consulate of Spain * For Russia, Ukrania, Macedonia, (ARYM), Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, and Moldavia the fee is $ 53,90 (no personal checks or cash accepted).

- Self-addressed and Pre-Paid US "Express-Mail" envelope from the USPS if you wish to have your passport retuned by mail. We do NOT accept any other type of courier of messenger service. Tracking of mailed items is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

- Evidence of your migratory status in the USA (Only for non US citizens): Provide your "Alien Registration Card" or “US Visa with I-20/IAP-66”(except B1-B2).

- Certificate of Absence of Police Records (Only for stays of more than 180 days) issued by the Police Department from the city/cities where you have resided more than six months in the past five years. This Certificate must bear the "Apostille of The Hague Convention" (Contact the Secretary of State of the issuing state). If the Certificate is issued outside the USA it must be duly legalized by the corresponding Consulate of Spain.

- Medical Certificate (for periods longer than 180 days): Doctor's statement (issued within 3 months from the application date),on a doctor or medical center letterhead, indicating that the student has been examined and found in good physical and mental health to travel to study abroad and is free of contagious diseases.

- Notarized authorization from both parents, with the Apostille of the Hague Convention (contact the Secretary of State for your state of residency) and a copy of the applicants birth certificate showing parents names (only if the applicant is under 18 years of age).

Additional Requirements & Time may apply

- Applicants must submit originals and copies of the above mentioned documents. If your documents are accepted to process the visa they will not be returned.

- Applications for this type of visa will neither be accepted more than four months in advance nor less than 7 weeks before the departure date.

- The passport must be left in our office so we can process your visa.

- It takes a minimum of 7 weeks to process this type of visa.

- During this time no telephone consultations will be taken by this office regarding your visa status.

- If granted your visa will allow you to study in Spain for the requested period of time, as specified on the visa sticker, (“del….al….”). Keep in mind the date format in Europe: Day, Month and Year.

- If your stay in Spain is for a period longer than 180 days you will have to request, within one month of your arrival in Spain, an authorization for the completion of your studies as well as the proper student ID card from the Police Department in Spain ("Policia Nacional").

This visa will allow you for transit in the Schengen countries to and from Spain up to a maximum of 5 days (total).


List and ranking of all the universities in Spain


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Spain. The ranking of the universities depends on the quality of education given the school and the academic social facilities in the school school,so below is the full list and ranking of all the universities in Spain.


Rank    University         Location

1          Universidad Complutense de Madrid


2          Universitat de Barcelona

Barcelona ...

3          Universitat de València

Valencia ...

4          Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Barcelona ...

5          Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Valencia ...

6          Universidad de Granada

Granada ...

7          Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Madrid ...

8          Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Cerdanyola del Vallès ...

9          Universidad de Sevilla


10        Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


11        Universidad de Murcia

Murcia ...

12        Universidad de Alicante

San Vicente del Raspeig ...

13        Universidad de Zaragoza

Zaragoza ...

14        Universidad del País Vasco


15        Universitat Pompeu Fabra


16        Universidad de Salamanca

Salamanca ...

17        Universidad de Málaga


18        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


19        Universidad de Castilla La Mancha

Ciudad Real

20        Universidad de Valladolid

Valladolid ...

21        Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela ...

22        Universidad de Alcalá

Alcalá de Henares ...

23        Universitat Jaume I

Castelló de La Plana

24        Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ...

25        Universidad de Córdoba


26        Universidad de La Laguna

La Laguna ...

27        Universidad de Navarra

Pamplona ...

28        Universidad de Oviedo

Oviedo ...

29        Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Móstoles ...

30        Universidad de Cádiz


31        Universidad de Cantabria


32        Universidade da Coruña

A Coruña ...

33        Universitat Rovira I Virgili

Tarragona ...

34        Universidad de Vigo

Vigo ...

35        Universidad de les Illes Balears

Palma de Mallorca

36        Universidad de Extremadura


37        Universitat de Girona


38        Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

Elche ...

39        Universidad de Deusto

Bilbao ...

40        Universidad de Almería


41        Universidad de Huelva


42        Universidad de León

León ...

43        Universidad de La Rioja


44        Universidad de Jaén

Jaén ...

45        Universidad Pablo de Olavide


46        Universidad Europea de Madrid

Villaviciosa de Odón ...

47        Universidad Pontificia Comillas


48        Universidad Pública de Navarra

Pamplona ...

49        Universidad de Burgos


50        Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena


51        Universitat Ramon Llull


52        Universidad Católica San Antonio


53        Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo


54        Universidad CEU San Pablo

Madrid ...

55        Mondragon Univertsitatea

Mondragón ...

56        Universitat de Lleida


57        Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio

Villanueva de La Cañada

58        Universidad Internacional de Andalucía

Sevilla ...

59        Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Barcelona ...

60        Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Hoyo de Manzanares

61        Universidad Camilo José Cela

Villafranca del Castillo

62        Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

Madrid ...

63        Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca


64        Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera

Moncada ...

65        Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir


66        Universidad San Jorge

Zaragoza ...

67        Universidad Abat Oliba CEU

Barcelona ...

68        Universidad Católica de Ávila


69        Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes


70        Universitat de Vic


Un        IE University

Segovia ...


Courses you can study at universities in Spain


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Spain


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Spain or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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