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Spain – more than a tourist destination

Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe and it is easy to understand why. The weather is great, the culture is unique and you can feel its history everywhere. But more important, Spain is getting very popular among students with more than 70 universities spread across the country. Are you ready for a longer visit in this marvelous country?

Some Spanish universities, such as UNED Madrid (Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia) are among the biggest in Europe. You can choose from a variety of universities with many attractive Master degree programmes, mostly delivered in Spanish. Therefore, you have the opportunity to learn the language of more than 400 million people and become more attractive for future employers. There are also several courses taught in English and other major languages. Whatever the choice, a Master’s degree in Spain will surely prepare you for an interesting and exciting career. And of course, it will make your everyday life in Spain much easier.

Through the Bologna Process, most of the Master’s degrees are recognized in all European countries. There are some exceptions in laws and teaching. Please check the conditions of your Master’s course at your chosen university.

Tuition fees

Surprisingly or not, tuition fees in Spain are quite reasonable compared to other major European countries. They are calculated on the pay-per-credit format. A credit might cost anywhere between 16€ to €45, whereas the programmes are usually worth from 60 to 120 credits. This means that the average full cost of a Master’s degree programme will be between €950 and €2000 for a 60 credit course (1 year of study).The prices for a 120 credit course (2 years of study) are doubled. For non-EU students, they may be higher.

General admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Spanish, English or other foreign language proficiency, depending on your chosen course
  • Study visa for non-EU students
  • Motivational letter
  • References
  • CV

Accommodation, living costs and transportation

Like other European countries, Spain offers the usual types of accommodation –private rentals and university residences.

Private rentals are a good idea, if you want to live on your own, but they are more expensive. When sharing an apartment with a friend, you should expect a price between €500 and €800 per month without utility charges. In some areas these costs may be exceptionally higher, for example in the more luxurious parts of Barcelona, Valencia and Granada.

University accommodation is widely popular in Spain. For most of the Spanish cities the prices vary around €450 per month for a single room, whereas the cost for a studio flat can cost around €550 per month. Utility expenses are usually included. 

Living costs in Spain are fairly low compared to other West-European cities. It is a good idea to use local supermarkets, grocery stores and markets and cook on your own. You can expect to spend around €350 per month for food. Restaurants are a perfect opportunity to taste Spanish cuisine. There is nothing better than a glass of excellent wine and tapas (olives, cheeses, seafood). 

Public transport is expensive in the big cities, but you should expect prices between €60 and €70 per month. The fastest way to get around is by using the metro. You can also rent a motorcycle, as Spain is one of the leading countries when it comes to the motorcyclists’ safety.

Scholarships

You can always look for a scholarship offered by a private organization, university or the European Union. The Erasmus Mundus is an example of an opportunity to take on a Master’s degree in Spain free of charge. 

The Spanish way of life

In your free time you have a wide variety of activities you can do. Depending on the city, you can explore the beautiful Spanish beaches, climb some of the most challenging mountains in Europe or practice your favorite sport at one of the many outdoor fitness areas. In addition, you might experience one of the most exciting football matches in Europe – the El Clásico. Night life is also a major part of the Spanish culture and it is a good way to make friends and settle in.

Spanish people are very open-minded and hospitable towards international students. It is easy to find new friends.

Here is an overview of universities in Spain:

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