Study in Spain

Last edited on 18 Nov 2018

Welcome to Spain!

Spain is a country of contrasts, where the affluence and cosmopolitan bustle of Western Europe is mixed with a distinctive Southern European charm; where an expressive, rich culture and attractive lifestyle coexists with leading companies and top technological industries; and where distinct regional identities provide a special flavor. Of course, lifestyle alone isn’t enough to draw in the punters – you need to have good universities too!

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.

Spain is the 14th largest economy in the world (Nominal rankings 2016), the 5th largest in the European Union and 2nd largest investor in Latin America, after the USA. Similarly, Spain ranks as the world's 10th when it comes to scientific power, and the main research areas where Spain has a large science base are health, ICT, Environment, Food and Agriculture, Energy, Material Sciences and Social Sciences. Spanish companies are internationally recognized for their leadership in clean technologies, health and biotechnology, engineering infrastructure, ICT, manufacturing technologies, financial services and tourism, amongst others.

Spain is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Europe. Culturally, it 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.

Higher Education System

Spanish higher education system is formed by 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.

List of Spanish Universities:

Academic excellence, international recognition and research capacity of Spanish Universities: 5 Spanish Universities in the top 400 THE ranking (Times Higher Education 2015-2016; 8 Spanish Universities in the top 100 under 50 THE (Times Higher Education 2016). Spanish universities contribute to 2/3 to the total scientific production of Spain with international visibility.

Worldwide leading MBA Schools like IESE, Instituto de Empresa and ESADE: in the top 20 Global MBA School (Financial Times 2017) and top 10 European Business Schools ranking (Financial Times 2016). Value of Spanish as a language: Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese, and the primary, official or co-official language of 21 countries. This translates into the Recognition of Spanish University titles in more than 40 member countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This also facilitates the approval and recognition of Spanish qualifications in other countries outside of Europe, like the USA, Asia and Latin America.

The Spanish university access exam is no longer required for foreign students.

It is the preferred destination for postgraduate students and researchers from Latin America as well as top notch destination for European university students under the Erasmus+ Programme. Tuition fees and cost of living are lower compared to other European countries. English taught Programs (Bachelor's and Masters) at Spanish Universities 2016-2017: