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 Educación (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.
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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.