Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and the second-largest in the EU and is now home to 47 million people and has a legacy around the globe that includes almost 600 million Spanish speakers. That makes Spanish the second-most spoken native language in the world! Rich in history, art, architecture, and culture, Spain captures the true essence of a traveler’s journey overseas. Spain’s capital is one of the most popular cities in the world to study abroad.

Quick facts & figures

  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language: Spanish
  • Population : 46,423,064
  • Area Size: 505,990 km²
  • Academic Year: October – June
    Currency: Euro (€)
  • Calling Code:+34
  • Time Zones: CET (UTC+1)

More about studying abroad in Spain

The higher education system in Spain dates back to the Middle Ages. Spain is an exciting location to spend your academic year, semester, or even a summer, taking your education out of the classroom, and giving you valuable international travel experience. Spain has 45 public universities and 31 private universities, some of which are Catholic universities. The education system in Spain is regulated by the Ministerio de Educación (Ministry of Education) and Spanish universities offer both official and non-official degrees. The academic calendar in Spanish universities is usually split into two semesters.

Tuition Fees and living costs

Tuition fees for universities in Spain are some of the lowest in Europe. A Bachelor’s degree education can cost you anywhere between 680 and 1,280 Euros per year when attending a public university and a private university will vary between 5,500 and 18,000 Euros per year. For Master’s or Doctoral degrees, university fees at public institutions are also government regulated and vary between 22 and 36 Euros per credit. Universities in Spain sometimes offer various study grants for international students coming to their university to study. Student accommodation is generally provided by Spanish universities in student apartments. Rent and accommodation costs vary depending on the location you choose, amenities offered, and other factors.

Language & Culture in Spain

Spanish is the official language, but it’s actually only spoken natively by 74% of Spaniards. The rest speak other dialects of Spanish – including Galician, Catalan, Occitan, and Basque. Spain has always been a melting pot of cultures and languages. Study abroad in Spain and you’ll have the opportunity to attend classes at some of the most respected Universities and Institutions, all while diving into the historic and beautiful culture.