Study in Spain

Spain is a popular study abroad destination for international students, given its laid-back lifestyle, high-quality education, and its vibrant culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Spain!

The higher education system in Spain dates back to the Middle Ages. One of Spain’s oldest and most reputable universities, The University of Salamanca, was founded in 1218 and attracts over 2,000 international students every year. But there is more to it than just pretty old buildings!

Spain has both publicly and privately owned universities that are organized into schools (Universidades). These schools are separated into different departments, each of which offers you the chance to enrol in a specific area of study (e.g. Business, Humanities, Sciences).
Currently, 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 EducaciĂłn (Ministry of Education) and Spanish universities offer both official and non-official degrees.

Universities in Spain are the kind of places where you can enjoy both a good holiday and a great Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme. But is there more to know about Spain? Well, studying in Spain allows you to enrol at some of the best universities worldwide, including famous Spanish business schools. Student life is also very entertaining.

University tuition fees in Spain

Tuition fees in Spain vary based on different factors, such as the type of higher education institution (private or public), the degree type, the number of credits, the region where you study, and your nationality.

Based on our research, we’ve noticed that non-EU/EEA students can encounter the following situations when they enrol in Spanish public universities:

They are charged the same tuition as EU/EEA citizens
They are charged tuition that is around 1,000 – 1,500 EUR higher than the tuition for EU/EEA citizens
They are charged tuition that is two or three times higher
These situations are not rules, and they vary from one study programme/university to another. Before choosing a degree, always check the type of tuition that applies to students from your country.

Tuition fees in public universities

Public universities in Spain offer two types of degrees: official degrees and university-specific degrees. For official degrees, each Autonomous Community establishes limits for tuition. They usually range between:

150 – 3,500 EUR/year for Bachelor’s programmes
300 – 3,500 EUR/year for Master’s programmes
For university-specific degrees, each institution is free to set any tuition fee, because there are no limits imposed by the authorities.

Tuition fees in private universities

Private universities have higher tuition fees, but usually not exceeding 20,000 EUR/academic year. Some programmes offered by business schools can cost over 25,000 EUR/year. You’ll also find MBAs and International Management degrees that charge tuition fees of 30,000 EUR/year or more.

Check out more information about tuition fees in Spain.

Most affordable universities in Spain

These are some of the Spanish universities with the most affordable tuition fees:

The University of Granada – the average tuition is 821 EUR/year
The University of Valencia – the average tuition is 2,600 EUR/year
University of Santiago de Compostela – the average tuition is 1,600 EUR/year
Universitat Rovira, I Virgili – the average tuition is 2,900 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Spanish universities:

Autonomous University of Madrid – average tuition is between 2,000 and 3,000 EUR/year
The University of Barcelona – average tuition is 2,900 EUR/year
Pompeu Fabra University – tuition ranges between 3,000 and 4,000 EUR/year
Autonomous University of Barcelona – average tuition fees are 3,500 EUR/year.

Funding & student support

If you need financial support to build your future career through education, you have several options in Spain:

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for international students. The EU provides funds to international students enrolled in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master programmes, either for Masters or doctoral degrees. The fund is equally provided to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries.
African Leadership in Business. These MBA scholarships are offered to African citizens who are interested in studying a Master of Business Administration abroad and are committed to returning to Africa after their studies.
You can explore other scholarships and financial-support programmes on the Gooverseas official website.
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.

Explore other scholarship programmes in Spain.

Program Types in Spanish Higher Education


Bachelor’s – (Grado), four years, 240 ECTS:  In Spain, bachelor’s studies last four years. After graduation, you will be awarded the professional title of Grado. Obtaining your BA degree is the first step in your academic career and it aims to prepare you to either pursue a master’s program or look for employment. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Spain uses is the standard for all universities in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which means after you pass a subject, in addition to the grade you get a certain amount of ECTS points.
To get your BA degree in Spain, you must earn 240 ECTS credits during your studies.


Master’s – (Posgrado), one to two years, 60–120 ECTS: Master’s programs last 1 to 2 years in Spain. After graduation, you will gain the professional title of Master.

A master’s degree usually lets you focus on theoretical knowledge as well as the application and development of skills that will help you become a specialist in your field of study. Master’s degrees in Spain tend to require a lot of research and individual work. Where better to develop your research and creativity skills than in Spain?

After getting your Master’s degree you are free to push forward and enter a doctoral program (third-cycle studies). To pursue your doctorate studies, you will often be required to provide proof of both your first and second cycle studies. More information here:


Ph.D. – (Doctorado), three to five years, 60 ECTS: known as doctoral-level programs or PhDs, this degree normally lasts 3 to 5 years and it is accessible after graduating from a Master’s degree program. To get this degree you must submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before a thesis committee and pass a doctoral examination. In Spain, only official courses offer access to a Ph.D. program.

Fair and Exhibition Education in Spain


If you’re coming to Spain, it’s worth noting that many of the exhibition centres in our country host a number of events on the theme of education. This is a good opportunity to obtain information first-hand from the universities and study centres so you can learn more about their educational offer and grants programme and find out about language or student services. Here we offer you a selection of the most important events in the world of education that are held in Spain.

Aula. International Educational Opportunities Exhibition. Madrid Exhibition Centre (Ifema). University studies, postgraduate and masters courses, volunteering and much more. You’ll find everything you can think of to do with the world of study in this annual event designed to make it easier for students to choose their future course. This fair –held every year between May and April– also features the Postgraduate Forum, a space specialising in the university offering for this type of academic level. You’ll find more information on this fair at the following link:

Touring fairs
Unitour. University Guidance Fair. This is a joint initiative between several Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Andorran universities who showcase their academic offering in several cities in these countries practically every month of the year. To see the itinerary and the programme of this university “tour”, click on this link:

European Student and Employment Fair. University Guidance Fair. Between February and March, the Basque cities of Vitoria, Pamplona and San Sebastián play host to this fair whose primary aim is to answer the student’s queries and help them make the best choice for their present and future professional training. More information:

SalĂł de L’ensenyament. Training and Work Conference. Fira Barcelona Exhibition Centre. In addition to informing and guiding the student, this fair also has an activities classroom, one science and another multimedia space, a language room and more, and there are parallel events such as the Masters and Postgraduate space. Like Aula, it takes place each year in spring. You’ll find more information at this link:

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