Spain is one of the most requested and most attractive destinations for our foreign students. In the school years between 2014-2017 75,000 students choose Spain for their studies, but why? If you are thinking of studying in Spain, these are relevant facts you need to know.

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Spanish universities are well prepared to receive foreign students. They are aware that Spain is the destination country for thousands of Erasmus students, since it occupies one of the top positions of most requested destinations, and for Latin-American students it’s a popular choice both because of the language and the quality of the courses.The universities have international relationship departments providing information about campuses, degrees, accessibility and they also have a lot of detailed and clear information on their websites. The foreign student can always count on assistance and information and knows where to go to resolve his doubt; he can compare and decide according to his needs and preferences.
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Educational Possibilities In Spain there are currently three levels of further education: degrees, masters and doctorates. Degrees include official titles recognized throughout Europe and specific degrees backed only by the universities that teach that degree course. Masters bring more specialisation on top of a degree and take one or 2 years and finally there are doctorates which have a duration of 4 years. Apart from its prestigious and internationally recognised universities, Spain is also well known for the quality of its business schools. Which you choose is largely dependent on the objectives of the student.
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Which documentation do you need to study in Spain? You need a student visa, which the student needs to apply for from his country of origin, and in case you hail from a non-EU country you need medical insurance, valid for the period you’re going to remain in the country. Within a month of arrival in Spain you’ll need to apply for a student card and the NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjeros). Life Style All of the above sums up to an attractive life style for students. The Spanish are open and likeable people, who enjoy spending time with family and friends. They love to go out and are always making plans to hang out with friends; be it for drinks or a small bite to eat or to enjoy the immense variety of cultural and leisure activities on offer. Additionally, the good weather usually is along for the ride whatever they decide to do. The Weather Situated in southern Europe, Spain is a country with an endless summer and a place where people don’t quite know what to do when it rains.
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With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s the perfect place to escape from the grey skies and drizzle that plague northern countries and to soak up some vitamin D. Even though the south is considered to have the better weather, the north can be very surprising, with temperatures that never dip below ten degrees in winter. Travel Spain is the third largest country in Europe, and while that might sound rather daunting to a prospective international student – just think about the amount of places you can visit. Whether you want to travel north to south or east to west, transport within Spain is cheap and fast. You can even try it the popular local way and car share; you’ll be surprised at how many people travel here! If one country isn’t enough for you, cheap airlines such as Ryanair and Vueling have cheap flights all year round to the rest of Europe, so that you can appease the travel bug inside you. If you’re also looking to explore another continent, Spain is regarded as the gateway to Africa, with cheap ferries and flights leaving every day to Morocco.
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Diverse landscape 
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With miles of hot, white, sandy beaches and blue seas there’s no questioning as to why many Europeans choose to spend their holidays stretched out soaking up the sun. But that’s not all that Spain has to offer. From the ski slopes of the Pyrenees to the ancient, white washed villages of Granada, there’s somewhere for everyone to feel at home. Rent a car and take a trip through Andalucía to experience the ‘real’ Spain. 
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Sports 
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Football dominates the Iberian Peninsula. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla; the list of worldclass teams goes on. La Liga, Spain’s football league, even rivals that of the English Premier League and tickets to see games can be found at reasonable prices. Did you know that in 2015, the Spanish national basketball team won the European Championship? Played by both men and women, this is a hugely popular sport and if you study in Spain you’ll be able to catch a great game in many cities. Festivals and parties Life in Spain is one big fiesta; and no one throws a fiesta like the Spanish. From seeing the bulls run in Pamplona, to a city light up in flames for Las Fallas in Valencia, to throwing tomatoes in Buñol, it’s a country that impresses the world. Parades, carnivals and bonfires happen throughout the year – you’ll definitely get the chance to catch something if you’re studying in Spain. 
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Architecture 
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From the Romans to the modern day, Spain’s architecture is incomparable to anywhere else. Barcelona is dotted with Gaudi’s famous designs, while Granada boasts the great Moorish fortress, the Alhambra. Visit a mosque from 1000 years ago one day and then the next step inside some of the most incredible cathedrals in Europe. The history of this country really comes alive in its impressive design. The big cities (and the smaller ones too) Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville: they’re the big four and it’s for a reason. Each city has its own personality and they will all entrance you with their various foods, architecture and culture. These are the most popular bucket-list cities, but don’t forget about the smaller ones too. Malaga, Toledo and Santiago de Compostela are just a few more extraordinary places with intriguing traditions that shouldn’t be looked over if you’re planning a trip! 
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Siesta 
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There aren’t many countries that put time aside in the day to nap, but Spain is not like many other countries. While university classes generally don’t stop for the afternoon siesta, many shops and businesses do. So if you’re fortunate enough to avoid having class in the afternoon, then you have full, guilt-free reign of a three hour siesta. Food and Wine It’s the secret to anyone’s heart, and Spain knows how to do it well. Picture yourself settling down after a day of lectures with your friends, drinking world class wine (affordably) and tucking into plates of tapas. If cheese, ham, bravas and tortilla doesn’t sound up your street, try the nation’s other favourite dish, paella. But it’s not just restaurant food that will give you the best flavours. Spain produces some of the freshest, most colourful and tastiest fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, oranges and aubergine. Language An estimated 559 million people speak Spanish across the world. By choosing to study in Spain, you have the chance to be a part of one of the fastest growing languages on the globe. Not only will this give you a great advantage in your future career, but you will also be able to communicate with people almost anywhere in the world – giving you a whole new outlook on travelling. Give Spanish a try and let the culture and traditions of this diverse country envelop you.   

Top 10 student Visa Questions 

 
The following are the 10 most frequently asked questions about visa requirements we’re being asked at the start of a visa application. We hope you find this helpful! To come and study in Spain, various requirements are asked from you and there always is a series of processes to go through. One of them is to obtain permission to enter in to Spain and remain there for the duration of your studies. This means you need to get a student visa. At Equinox Education we will give you more information as well about the documentation you’ll need to present for a student visa.
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1) What is a student visa? A student visa permits the holder to remain and study in Spain as well as conduct research or training, participate in student exchange programs, do an internship or volunteering work. The student visa in Spain will be valid for a duration equal to the length of the course you’re enrolling in.
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2) Do students from EU countries need a visa to study in Spain too? Citizens from the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not require any authorization or visa to study, reside or work in Spain. Important note: Students admitted in another member state of the European Union can complete or even start their studies in Spain without additional visa requirements (article 44 of the Royal Decree 557/2011 of April 20th). This extension is also applicable to their family members. Within 1 month of their arrival date in Spain, they should apply for the corresponding ‘Autorización de Estancia’ (model EX-00) in the Foreigner’s Office of the province where they are residing.
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3) Do I need a student visa if my course an stay in Spain is shorter than 90 days? Short term student visas in Spain are valid between 91 and 180 days. If the course you’re enrolling in has a duration of up to 90 days you need to apply for a Schengen visa. The short term student visa can under no circumstance be renewed from within Spain, so the student needs to return to his country of origin to apply for a new visa.
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4) Can I work while studying in Spain? Yes, you can work while studying in Spain as long as the work is compatible with following the course. You need to obtain a work permit before you start work which you apply for in the Foreigner’s Office. It would not be required to apply for a work permit for internships that form part of the course.
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5) Which courses can I take when obtaining a student visa? Having a student visa for Spain, you can study the Spanish language, university degrees, post-graduate courses or research studies as long as you don’t draw a salary from the university or Spanish organization providing the course or research opportunity. In case you draw a salary from the Spanish university you should apply for a residency visa and a work permit.
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6) Can I travel to other Schengen countries holding a student visa? Yes, student visas do allow travel. Since April 5th 2010 student visas (both short and long term) permit travel to the other Schengen countries up to a maximum of 3 months per semester counting from the first entry into the country.
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7) Which are the Schengen countries? The Schengen countries are: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.
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8) If I go to Spain on a tourist visa, can I get a student visa there? No, the student visa has to be applied for from your country of origin.
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9) Where can I apply for my visa to study in Spain? Student visas for Spain have to be applied for in the Spanish diplomatic missions and the Spanish consular offices in the country of origin from the applicant.
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10) Can I be denied a student visa for Spain? What can I do if this occurs? The diplomatic missions and consular offices can decide to deny a visa. In this case they should notify the applicant but they are under no obligation to motivate that decision, unless in the case of residency visa for family reunion or to work for your own account, both for residency and transit visas. In case the visa is denied, this decision can be appealed before the same diplomatic mission or consular office within a month of being pronounced and an administrative appeal before Supreme Court of Justice in Madrid within 2 months. 
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If you are a school, institution or group and wish to explore tailor-made options please click on this link  https://equinoxlearnabroad.com/tailor-made-tripprogramme/

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Or alternatively, please click on one of our partner Institute links below from our website or search under Spain as the Country option.

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Academia Contacto

Instituto eCenter

OnSpain School

Debla Cursos de Español

International House Madrid

International School San Patricio Toledo

UIC Barcelona

Spark Spanish

Proyecto Español

Lailolá Safari Spanish School

BBLINGUA Spanish School

Spanish Institute for Global Education

Cervantes Escuela Internacional

Maestro Miguel de la Hoz – Escuela de Español

For Further information about the range of options in Spain  – please click on the pages 67 – 73 of the attached ‘Equinox Study Abroad Directory’ link https://equinoxlearnabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/eq_uploads/EQUINOX_ebook_08-06-17.pdf
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly via:- 
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