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Study in Spain

Choose to study in Spain, and one thing is for sure: your friends will be very jealous! Stretching to the Pyrenees in the east, the Mediterranean in the south, the Bay of Biscay in the north, and Portugal in the west, Spain is one of the biggest countries in Europe – and also one of the most-visited.

Spain is consistently among the world’s most popular tourist destinations (second in 2017, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization), welcoming an annual volume of tourists which considerably exceeds its population. It's also among the most popular destinations for international students, due to its winning combination of good universities, attractive lifestyle, and the fact that Spanish is one of the world's most spoken languages.

This is a country of contrasts, where the affluence and cosmopolitan bustle of Western Europe is mixed with a distinctly southern European extravagance and charm; where an expressive and flamboyant culture segues into afternoon naps and languid evenings in bars and cafés; and where distinct regional identities often take precedence over a unified national one. Of course, lifestyle alone isn’t enough to draw in the punters – you need to have good universities too!

If you like the idea of studying in Spain, click on the tabs below to find out more about Spanish universities, popular student cities, and what steps to take next.

Fast Facts

  • Spain is a kingdom. The current monarch is King Felipe VI.
  • Students will need an average amount of €10,800-13,200 (US$12,200-14,940) per year for living costs (though figures are higher in larger cities)
  • Tuition fees for international undergraduate students range from €460-1,150 (US$520-1,300) per year at public universities. Fees at private universities are much higher.
  • Borders with the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar, France, Andorra, Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Along with France and Morocco, Spain is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.
  • Official language: Castilian, usually simply referred to as Spanish, which is the second most common first language in the world. Commonly spoken regional languages include Basque, Catalan and Galician.
  • Composed of 17 regions: Andalusia, Andorra, Aragón, Asturias, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Gibraltar, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre, New Castile, Old Castile and León, and Valencia. 
  • Population: approx. 46.4 million
  • Capital city: Madrid
  • Area: 195,364 square miles
  • As well as the mainland, Spain is in possession of the Balearic and Canary Islands, and two autonomous cities in North Africa.
  • Religion: largely Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), changing to Daylight Saving Time in the summer (UTC+2)
  • International dialing code: 34