Why should I study in Spain?

The country located at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Europe, and Africa...

How to Study in Spain

Spain is located in south-western Europe and is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is famous for its warm climate and its beautiful cities and landscapes. The largest city and capital of Spain is Madrid. Other great cities that are worth visiting are Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao, and Malaga.

Spain’s Higher Education System

As Spain forms part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the country’s study programme is in line with the EHEA’s specifications. This means that the first cycle leads to a graduate degree, equalling 240 ECTS spread out over 4 academic years. Completing the second cycle worth 60 to 120 ECTS within 1 or 2 academic years has you achieve a master’s degree. See below the overall performance of Spanish universities at the institutional level in the 5 U-Multirank dimensions, showing the overall strengths of the country’s Higher Education Institutions. Spanish universities score particularly highly in Regional Engagement.

National performance: Spain

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 22% 49% Research 27% 36% Knowledge Transfer 51% 28% International Orientation 43% 37% Regional Engagement 23% 69%

What are the entry requirements for Spanish Universities?

To take up postgraduate studies in Spain, you must hold an undergraduate degree. Should you have obtained that within the EHEA, this enables you to study. Postgraduate programme applicants with a degree from outside the EHEA, you require the positive decision of the university of choice.

How to get a Scholarship in Spain?

A scholarship database can be found here.

Do I need a Student Visa for Spain?

As an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you do not require a visa, no matter the length of stay. For you, it is enough to have a valid national ID or passport in order to enter the country. However, if you wish to take up your studies in Spain and they take longer than 90 days, you will be required to register with the local authorities - in addition to your valid acceptance and registration documents of your Spanish university. Third country nationals need a student visa if you wish to study for more than 3 months. For studies taking 6 months or more, you are also required to obtain a residence permit. Lastly, you also need to show you have sufficient funds as well as a health insurance for the duration of your stay.

How do Spanish Universities fare in U-Multirank?

  • U-Multirank covers almost all Spanish universities.
  • Spanish universities show a strong regional focus which becomes visible in the view of the indicators of Regional Joint Publications, Internships in the Region, and Graduate Employment in the Region.
  • At the same time, Spanish universities perform strongly in Student Mobility.
  • 6 Spanish universities score 10 or more top scores (’A’ scores): Pompeu Fabra University (14), Mondragon University (12), the University of Barcelona (11), Carlos III University of Madrid (10), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (10),
    and ESIC Business & Marketing School (10).
  • Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and the University of Navarra are listed among the global Top 25 performers in Income from Continuous Professional Development, whereas Universidad Nebrija is part of the Top 25 performers list in International Orientation of their sciences and engineering programmes.
Spain's Higher Education Performance in U-Multirank

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