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Why study in Spain?

Studying in Spain is a great option when it comes to studying abroad. Its rich cultural and historical heritage, added to its affordable cost of living, has made Spain a main destination of choice for international students.

There’s no shortage of reasons why Spain is an amazing place to study abroad, but the friendly people, laid-back culture and lifestyle, warm weather, low cost of living and studying, vibrant nightlife and stunning landscapes are just a few!

Benefits of studying in Spain

More people are aware of the benefits of the importance of having an international mindset, when looking for employment possibilities. Aside from the opportunity to learn a new language, Students are able to enjoy a wonderful quality of life. The delicious Mediterranean cuisine, gorgeous beaches, stylish shops, vibrant nightlife and world-class sporting and leisure activities make Spain the perfect environment for students of all ages.

  • The magnificent light and the natural heat are two of the main reasons why international students choose to study in Spain.
  • Variety in outdoor pursuits is a key reason why such a broad range of students choose to study in Spain every year.
  • Spain is the country of choice for party-goers – from its traditional festivals and fairs to its trendiest cool clubs. From tapas bars to cocktail bars, pubs to clubs there is a wide range of Spanish socialising and partying to be experienced in a place that is a party paradise here on earth for those who select to study in Spain.
  • The Mediterranean lifestyle, food culture, long opening times of city stores plus the abundance of markets on Sundays and other days means students can indulge their love of shopping while studying in Spain!
  • Spain’s geography alone makes it an ideal location to go on short-hop trips north, south, east or west while its own vast size and distinctive regional differences makes it more than an ideal place for short trips within the country for students who opt to study in Spain.
  • Going to university at undergraduate or post-graduate level boosts job prospects. Apart from the educational, cultural, social and other soft skill benefits of studying abroad a foreign university stay not only opens minds to all kinds of new experiences away from the student’s home but it utterly promotes labour market mobility.

Typical living and learning costs

Accommodation – The cost of living in Spain can vary significantly depending on the student´s lifestyle. Compared to other European countries Sapin can be a very affordable place to live.
Prices can vary depending on the season, the city, as well as personal preferences. Living expenses such as food, leisure, utilities, and transportation can comfortably be covered with 500€ per month in small cities..Big cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao or Valencia can be more expensive.

Food – Students in Spain will find plenty of choices from the local cuisine, For your monthly groceries, you would normally spend between 200 and 400 EUR. It depends a lot on your habits: if you cook or not, how often you eat out, and so on.

Transportation – Transport in Spain is characterised by an extensive network of roads, railways (including the world’s second longest high speed rail network), rapid transit, air routes, and ports. Its geographic location makes it an important link between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Spain’s public transport companies have every kind of service imaginable, from high-speed trains racing between cities at over 300km/h to century-old suburban trams traipsing through medieval streets.

Spain is full of big cities with big-city public transport systems, so there’s plenty of reasons to leave your car at home. With metro networks,

The cost of traveling in Spain largely depends on where you visit. Popular cities like Barcelona and Madrid are much more expensive than smaller Spanish cities, like Seville and Valencia. In rural communities and townships or in less busy tourist places, prices can be very cheap!

Healthcare – The healthcare system in Spain is ranked among the best in the world. All residents in Spain have access to the free public Spanish healthcare system, although private insurance may be necessary in certain situations.
It is extremely important that you obtain the proper health cover before you begin your studies in Spain.
Citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area or Switzerland who are entitled to coverage under the social security system of their country must acquire a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to departure for Spain. Only publicly-funded treatments are included. If an international student wants to obtain private sector services, then they will need to purchase a private health insurance plan.

Since it is required for your student visa application, you must take out private health insurance in Spain to cover the duration of your stay. There are some countries with a mutual health provision agreement between their healthcare systems and Spain’s. If you are an international student who is not a part of the EU or EEA, it is strongly recommended that you research if such an agreement exists in your home country. If it does, you should attain a document from the relevant authorities in your country granting you free medical care in Spain.



Tuition fees – Good news for students: Tuition fees in Spain are among the lowest in Europe. In Spain there are private and state universities.

The tuition fees for Bachelor programmes range from 750 EUR to 2,500 EUR per year, and tuition fees for Master programmes are around 1,000 to 3,500 EUR per year – making Spain a cheap destination for international students.
Private universities set their own fees, Private universities have higher tuition fees, but usually not exceeding 20,000 EUR/academic year. Some programmes offered by business schools can cost over 25,000 EUR/year. You’ll also find MBAs and International Management degrees that charge tuition fees of 30,000 EUR/year or more.

Money saving tips

Get the menu of the day
Use our fantastic public transport
Get official tourist city passes in advance with us
Spain’s not a small country! It is vast and diverse; both in culture and geography.

What can I expect from Spain?

Thousands of foreign students study in Spain every year. Its Mediterranean climate is just one benefit to studying in the country. It has a long history of educational excellence – Spain’s oldest university, Universidad de Salamanca dates back to 1218.

When it comes to the study location, you’ll have plenty of choice as the country boasts a variety of educational insitutions.

Popular student cities include Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville and Valencia. While Spain has a rich history and culture of its own for you to explore, you’ll also be well connected to other favoured destinations.

While studying in Spain, you’ll be able to brush up on the world’s second most spoken language, as well as make lots of international connections.

Use your study-free hours to explore some of Spain’s most famous attractions such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and La Rambla in Barcelona, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, and Seville Cathedral and the Real Alcazar de Seville. You’ll be able to enjoy  tapas and plan getaways to wonderful mountain ranges, beaches and quaint villages that really epitomise old Spain.



  • Loretta Shelton

    September 24, 2018

    It’s a very interesting experience that helps you to grow, develop, discover places, meet new people, learn a new language, and to learn about yourself.I will never forget the time I learn Spanish in Cadiz.

    • Christine Curtis

      March 24, 2018

      There are a lot of activities for students and you are never alone. At the university, they are used to teach foreign students. They treat you as they treat Spanish students and I think that’s a good thing.

  • Jimmy Roy

    March 24, 2019

    Salamanca is the most recommended Spanish city to learn and speak Spanish and has one of the oldest universities in Europe. The environment is perfect. People are always kind and in a smiley face mood. The rent is low and eating outside is also very affordable.


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