Spain is a country of contrasts, where the affluence and cosmopolitan bustle of Western Europe is mixed with a distinctive Southern European charm. Spain is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Europe. Culturally, Spain is mainly a Latin country with great strength of the Roman heritage, but with many influences in art and architecture, cuisine and music from many countries across Europe and the Mediterranean, throughout its long history. Owing to such a rich cultural past, Spain has gained a prominent place in the world map as far as higher education is concerned. In 2015, Spain ranked 2nd in terms of its number of UNESCO world cultural sites, just behind Italy.
Spain, a country of an extraordinary beauty, is home to some of the most ancient universities in Europe and the cradle to one of the most important languages in the world: Spanish. A member of the European Union since 1986, Spain has become the most popular destination for students within the educational exchange program Erasmus and for summer study abroad programs. Whatever your choice to study in Spain might be: a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree, or a summer study-abroad program, the Spanish educational system is designed to provide students with a wide range of subjects and study opportunities. While the usual language of instruction is Spanish, you will also find many degrees offered in English. There are 84 universities (50 public, the rest private), 511 research institutes and 66 science and technology parks, all distributed throughout the Spanish territory. The cities that concentrate the largest number of universities are Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.