Spain

About the Higher Education system in Spain

Spain boasts more than 70 universities throughout the country. Over 50 are public and around 20 are private institutions. Cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are home to a huge proportion of universities in comparison to other locations.

In common with the United Kingdom, you are able to undertake Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degrees. Degrees are recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. In particular MBAs in business administration are among the most prestigious in the world.

The academic year is divided into semesters and tends to be similar throughout the country. It starts around the 1st October and finishes at the end of June.

Entry requirements for Spanish universities

Spanish universities accept British A-Levels. A-levels should be similar to what you intend to study. Entrance exams are required as places at universities are restricted. However universities set their own rules, which means you have to check every institution individually to ensure you are able to meet the requirements.

How do you apply for universities in Spain?

If you are considering studying at a Spanish university, keep in mind to do this well in advance as the demand is huge. Moreover every faculty sets its own set of rules; hence you have to apply directly at each faculty of your choice. Usually deadlines are the following:

  • First week of June - for studies beginning in October
  • First week of September - for late applications beginning in October
  • First week of December - for studies beginning in February

Most universities demand an entrance exam, which sometimes can be taken back in the UK.

How much does it cost to study in Spain?

Public universities in Spain do charge registration and tuition fees. The costs are relatively low in comparison with other countries. However the prices vary according to institution and are charged per credit. The fee can be €9.50 - €16.00 per credit. Summed up this can be around €1000 per year.

If you decide to study at a private university, you should expect annual prices of around €6000 but some are much more expensive. You can study dentistry in Spain for around €17,600 in Madrid.

How do I get a visa to study in Spain?

As Spain is part of the EU, no visa is necessary.

Can I work there as a student?

If you have an EU passport, you can work in Spain next to your studies.


Universities in Spain