Spain has 74 universities and every year thousands of students from across the world make the trip to study in one of them. There are many reasons people choose to study in Spain but they all come to understand that it’s a truly enlightening experience that leaves you filled with new attitudes and views about life. Spain has a rich history and culture and provides a complete package.
There are many possibilities in Spain for studying abroad. As well as the big well-known cities like Barcelona and Madrid, there are many educational universities in Valencia, Salamanca, Granada, Bilbao, Malaga and more. Universities with high numbers of international students include Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universidad de Navarra, Universidad de Alcalá and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). The costs of packaged programs usually include tuition, emergency support and health insurance.
The royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Catedral de Sevilla in Seville, the Prado in Madrid - just a few examples of the country’s inspirational history and culture. Monuments and museums, festivals, nightlife, tourist spots, theatres, countryside and idyllic weather all encompass the cities of Spain.
Reminders of a rich history exist across the entire country, making a study abroad experience in Spain one of the most interesting. History is entangled in every building and on every street.
Higher Education System
International students are guaranteed quality education in Spain. Spain’s university studies have been recognized as the very first university institutions dating back to the 13th century. Spain adheres to the curriculum of EHEA (The European Higher Education Area). Thanks to the Council of Universities students can be assured that the country’s educational institutes are at the expected level.
Spain has a great opportunity to learn whatever your major might be and whichever college you select for your studies. The educational system is well established and properly implemented, designed to afford students of all levels the utmost of learning opportunities. The third most popular country for international studies, Spain gets around 36% of its students from the USA.
The cost of a bachelor’s degree at public universities in Spain will vary between 680€ and 1,280€ each academic year, whilst the cost of private universities will be between 5,335€ and 15,000€ per academic year. The cost will always depend on the degree and university you opt for. On average, living in Spain will cost approximately 900 to 1100 euros a month but this will depend on your standard of living and the city. Spain is definitely one of the cheapest European countries to live in, with the prices for groceries, toiletries and other items remaining fairly similar throughout the country.
Instead of asking yourself "Why study in Spain?" ask yourself "Why not?" and discover the many wonders the higher education system in Spain can offer you. There are many opportunities to embrace European living without breaking the bank.
Experience the Country
Madrid and Barcelona are probably two of the cities that come to mind when you think of Spain. While these cities are beautiful and certainly big tourist attractions, Spain has much more to offer. The stunning countryside of Spain is marvellous and you will certainly enjoy being able to see miles and miles of lush trees and vegetation. However, travel to another area of the country and you will find yourself amongst the most breath-taking coastline you will ever experience. Spain has everything you need and as a student. There will be heaps of time for you to travel, explore, discover and see all of the country’s amazing sights.
There is always plenty for you to see and do, no matter where you are in Spain. In addition, with London and Paris close by, an amazing day trip is always something that you can easily plan. Art galleries, museums, clubs, bars and pubs, parks and nature, whatever is on your to do list, it is all possible and can be arranged to entertain you in Spain. When you’re not busy in class or completing home-work you can get out and about and enjoy all of the adventures that Spain has to offer. You will certainly consider your time in Spain well spent.
In recent years more people have come to celebrate the extraordinary flavours and variety of produce the Spanish cuisine has to offer. Cooking in Spain is based on its rustic farming heritage spawning Gazpacho, Chorizo and other cured meats, Spanish omelettes, Paella and Pisto.
You can’t go to Spain without sitting down for tapas. Tapas are smaller appetizer-sized dishes with prices that typically range from 4 to 8 euros. Tapas are generally shared among everyone at the table. No study abroad experience is whole without diving into the local fare, so if you’re not already acquainted with Spanish food, it’s time to learn!
Learn a New Language
It might not be the original reason for you choosing to study in Spain, but whilst living in the country you will definitely learn a massive amount of the Spanish language and a beautiful language it is! Just behind English, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. It is always so much fun to learn a new language and there is no better way to learn a language than whilst you are among the people who speak it every day. As you attend university in Spain you will be mixing with those speaking the language and before you know it, you will be speaking it naturally as well.
Spain is split into four seasons, with each of the seasons providing pleasant weather. The average temperature during the winter is a delightful 59 degrees, a very comfortable and enjoyable temperature. During the summer the average temperature goes up to 70 degrees, also very pleasant. Depending upon your location in the country, the climate you experience when you are in Spain will slightly differ.