Do you remember the culturally rich and cinematically beautiful Spain explored in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? As much as a fascinating travel hub it is popular as, Spain is also amongst the top destinations to study in Europe. By choosing Spain for higher studies, you can avail the opportunity to attain quality education while simultaneously getting amazed by the spectacular cities of Spain. Grabbing a degree from the country can entitle you with the necessary exposure through which you achieve your career aspirations. Through this blog, we will walk you through the key essentials that you must know while making your plans to study in Spain.
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Understanding the Spanish Education System
The Ministry of Education in Spain regulates the Law of Education which cites that education is free of cost in the country for students between 6 to 16 years of age. The intricately devised system of the country strives to deliver the best and value education to the students. To study in Spain, you must know that the education system is divided into two parts for the students ranging from 6 to 16 years. The first stage is called the primary education under which students belonging to the age group 6 to 12 fall. While the second stage is called secondary education which is for students at 12-16 years of age. Through its innovative methodologies, the country strives to impart the basic knowledge of cultural elements, writing and arithmetic, learning oral expression, amongst others.
An academic year mainly spans across June to September in Spain. Though admission deadlines may differ as per the university you have chosen to study in Spain, generally there are three admission intakes to pursue a program at a Spanish institution which are elucidated in the following table:
|First Week of June||Fall (October)|
|First Week of September||Late Applications for Fall Semester (October)|
|First Week of December||Spring (February)|
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To study in Spain, it is compulsory to meet up with certain parameters and eligibility criteria which can differ as per your chosen program and university. Here are some of the basic prerequisites that you need to keep in mind before beginning with your application process for a university in Spain:
- You must have a valid school leaving certificate.
- Students have to qualify the DELE Test (Diploma de Espanol Como Lengua Extranera) if the chosen program is taught in Spanish. The test will represent your grip over the Spanish language.
- To study in Spain by opting for an English-taught program, students have to qualify the English Language Proficiency test like IELTS, TOEFL etc.
- Students must check for the minimum grade point (Nota de Corte) required for the program as it varies from one university to another.
- Apart from these mandatory exams, students would also have to qualify for the specific course driven exams if demanded by the universit.y
- It is beneficial to have some lucrative LORs (Letter of Recommendation) and SOP (Statement of Purpose) which will be required to send your application for a university.
Note: Students must keep in mind that the above-mentioned requisites are basic. Students are advised to check the appropriate eligibility criteria on the official website of the university.
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Once you are awarded an acceptance letter from a university to study in Spain, you can begin with your visa application. It is important to note that the process to get the student visa for Spain is quite easier as compared to the other European countries. Studnet visa for Spain is bifurcated into categories, i.e. European Students (European Citizens) and Foreign Students (Non-European Citizens). Let us look into the details of both the categories.
- Being a student from the European Union or European Economic Area you do not need a student visa to study in Spain. If your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate program stretches to a duration which is longer than 90 days then you would have to apply for a residence permit or Foreigner Identity Card (TIE) with 30 days of your arrival.
- It is mandatory to carry a national Identity card or passport.
- A valid European Health Insurance Card.
- To study in Spain as a Non-EU/EEA citizen, you would primarily require a tourist visa under which you can apply for a student visa.
- A valid passport.
- Medical Insurance through which you can manage your medical expenses in case of illness or accident.
- Official proof stating that you possess financial resources for the time period for which you are applying for the visa along with the funds which can guarantee your return to your country.
- You will have to present a bank statement stating the adequate presence of funds needed during your stay in Spain.
International students can also work while studying in Spain. All you need is a work permit from the local authorities under which you can work for 20 hours a week. But the work permit will only be valid till the time you are enrolled under a program and have your student visa.
Cost of Studying and Living in Spain
The idea to study abroad is always followed by long hours of contemplation of costs and financial resources which is mainly caused by the skyrocketing tuition fee and living cost of pursuing higher education in a foreign country. Spain, as compared to other countries in Europe has relatively lower living and studying costs. For bachelor’s level programs like BA Psychology, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Mass Communication the tuition fee €680-1,300 (INR 56,800 to INR 1,09,000) per year at a public university. Whereas the amount can go up to €5,500-18,000 (INR 4,60,000 to INR 15,00,000) per year at a private university for those planning to study in Spain at undergraduate level.
On the other hand, for masters-level courses like Master of Science, MTech: Master of Technology, Master of Finance, Masters in Marketing, the tuition fee for both public and private universities is almost equivalent. In the postgraduate programs, the tuition fee is charged per credit. Usually, the duration of the master’s program in Spain varies from 10-24 months and that can be represented through 60 to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credit). This means the cost of a Spanish Master’s programme can usually be somewhere between €720 (INR 60,000) to €1,440 (INR 1,20,000) for a 60 ECTS credit course and between €3,900 (INR 3,35,000) to €7,800 (INR 6,50,000) for a 120 ECTS credit course.
Finding a place to call home abroad is hard to find. When planning to study in Spain, there are a lot of options available such as university hostels, apartments, host families, studio apartments, student resident halls etc. The cost of accommodation involving the overall rent of an apartment will vary according to the city you will choose. Rent in cities like Madrid and Barcelona can vary from €850 to €1,000 (INR 70,000 to 83,000). To cut short on such costs, you can easily look out for shared apartments as well.
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Scholarships to Study in Spain
Spain provides a multitude of financial aid schemes for international students. Various scholarships for Indian students are available at the esteemed universities of Spain which provide either complete or partial financial aid. If you aspire to study in Spain but lack the fundings, here are some scholarships which can help you live up to your dream of attaining overseas education:
- Esade Do Good Do Better International Scholarships at Esade Ramon Llull University, Spain
- Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies
- Barcelona Supercomputing Center- CNS Undergraduate Students Research Position in Spain
- 15 SIMaP PhD Positions for International Students at Mathegram ITN
- ZLC MIT- Zaragoza Dual Degree Masters Awards for International Students in Spain
- 35 ‘La Caixa’ Doctoral Fellowships INPhINIT- Incoming in Spain and Portugal
- Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) “ Mediterranean Water Heroes” Youth Contest
Top Universities to Study in Spain
Selecting a university is one of the most bewildering yet a crucial task as soon as you start sailing on the boat to study in Spain. The country is home to a majority of universities which avail some high-end programs. To cut short your confusion regarding which institution to choose, here is a list of top universities in Spain as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings :
|Name of the University||World Ranking 2021||Ranking in Spain 2021|
|Pompeu Fabra University||=152||1|
|Autonomous University of
|University of Barcelona||=198||3|
|Autonomous University of Madrid||301-350||5|
|University of Navarra||251-300||4|
|University of Valencia||401-500||=6|
|Complutense University of Madrid||501-600||8|
|Open University of Catalonia||501-600||=7|
|University of Rovira i Virgili||601-800||9|
|University of Alcala||801-1000||=22|
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Thus, we hope that this blog has provided you with all the significant details you must be aware of before opting to study in Spain. If you need guidance related to finding the right program and university or at any step of the application process, reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu and we will help you in sorting out the entire admission process to ensure that you get successfully shortlisted to fulfil your dream of pursuing higher studies in Spain.