Our CEO is currently in Seville for EAIE 2017, Europe’s largest international higher education conference. It’s an opportunity for HigherEdMe to meet a lot of Schools and Universities. And we hope to have a lot registered on our platform and send you messages to go abroad! So for the occasion, I wrote a post about what to do to study in Spain.
First step: where to go? the best students cities of Spain.
If you here Spain, you may think about its two biggest cities: Madrid and Barcelona. They all have plenty to offer for students but I prefer to talk to you about 3 other Spanish cities where students are welcome too:
Valencia is on the east coast of Spain, and is the third largest city in the country. If you go to study in Valencia, try to be there in March for the Fallas Festival!
Granada is located one hour from the Mediterranean sea, and is also at the feet of a mountain (Sierra Nevada). There are even local ski resorts! If you go there, you should visit the Alhambra, a palace and a fortress complex.
Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalusia and the hottest city of western Europe (more than 35° in summer). Flamenco was born in the region too.
Step two: how to apply?
Here you will have to be cautious. You won’t have a national system that will help to apply for studies in Spain. You will have to check the right information for each university you wish to go to. Surely a good start when you have select one University or two would be to go to the Embassy of Spain in your own country. They will help you certify your High School Diploma and will have accurate information about health insurance and paperwork that you may need later.
Bonus step: About the Spanish language
A lot of Spanish universities offer international programs in English, but many students that have done the trip advise to have a basic knowledge of Spanish for a better immersion and communication. And you may need it anyway to successfully pass the step 2 😉
Step 3: Papers, please!
Screen shot from Papers please, a game by Lucas Pope
If you’re from the EU (or an EEA country), then you don’t need a VISA. But if your stay is longer than 3 months, you will need to register at the Central Registry Office for Foreigners (Registro Central de Extranjeros). They will ask for a copy of your ID (not your driving license), a copy of your health insurance, a €10,5 fee, and an accreditation for your studies in Spain.
If you don’t come from the EU, then you will need a type D visa. Requirements will depend on your own country, and chances are you will have to be accepted at a University in Spain to obtain it. You can already start gathering information about the type D visa, and keep in mind that the process to get one might be long (up to three months).
And once you get there, you will have to register for the NIE. I found an interesting post that explains in detail how to do it. So save that link, you will need it: How to Apply for the Spanish NIE/TIE
Step 4: Spain and tuition fees
EU has its advantages when it’s also the case in International Education. You will have the same tuition fees than Spanish students.In public Universities, it’s around US$1,100.
In Granada, for example, it will be €757 a year (for an Undergraduate Degrees).For non-public Universities or Private Schools, the amount will vary more, between €5,000 to €20,000.
And for you, who aren’t from an EU country, it will cost a bit more, sorry.
Step 5: HigherEdMe and Spanish Schools/Universities
If you are already on our platform, you may receive messages from differents places in Spain. In case you want to see for yourself, I made a list of the different institutions on our platform! 😉
Looking for another guide? Read our post about French Visas
I try a new kind of post today. Not quite a press review but close. I will aggregate here some post I found interesting in the week about study abroad stuff.
- A woman has made a second trip abroad, and have made the most logical thing to do during her stay.
- a post list 15 scholarship opportunities open to African students
- fact about the benefits of studying abroad
30 years later, nothing has changed for Lisa Werner
During your study abroad trip, you make unforgettable memories. Lisa Werner from California has chosen to recreate them with a second abroad trip 30 years later.
You can read her story and see many photos on the HuffingtonPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/study-abroad-photos_us_59680477e4b03389bb164217
Do you parents have done a study abroad trip too? Why not suggest them to go again and have fun with this simple idea 😉
Photo: Courtesy Lisa Werner
On this photo, she is standing in front of the Cologne’s Cathedrale. Cologne is one of the 4 largest cities in Germany ( you can read more about Germany and German language here), She was also in France (City of Strasbourg).
Boost your study abroad project with Scholarship opportunities
I think that I may help some of you to realize their study abroad project with this information.
I look at them and I find this one really interesting:
Monash University Australia Full International Merit Scholarship 2017/2018
Monash University, Australia offers up to 31 full scholarships to international students undertaking Undergraduate or Postgraduate (coursework) degree at the University.
Read more here : http://worldscholarshipforum.com/monash-international-merit-scholarships/
If you are going to apply for one, tell us in the comments why!
Why do more and more people choose to study abroad?
The answer is very simple because, despite all the possible difficulties (Budget, administrative paper, unknown language), students gain a lot with this experience.
For the majority of students going abroad means:
- a gain in maturity
- a better understanding of their own cultural value
- a boost in self-confidence
- new skills usefull for their future career
I know that most of you didn’t need to be convinced to go abroad. But maybe this facts will convince your parents if they are a bit afraid to let their child going far away.
I hope you will like this post, don’t hesitate to tell in the comments if you want to see more like this one!
I wish you a very good day.
I wish you a very good day.