By Amy Austin -
The hot weather, food, culture and language of Spain easily make it one of the most desirable places for students to study in the world.
Alongside this, Spain has a great range of top universities to choose from with fourteen of them ranking in the top 500 in the world. The fees to attend university can also be a lot lower than many other European destinations. The combination of a thrilling lifestyle and good universities means that Spain is fast becoming one of the most desired choices for international students to study.
As a country, Spain is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world, with the annual amount of tourists exceeding the country’s actual population! The culture, landscape and weather are the main reasons people flock to Spain every year. Spain is renowned for its hot climate and flamboyant lifestyle. Spain offers visitors delicious cuisine such as tapas and paella and an exciting and exuberant night life in contrast to serenity and culture by day.
If the culture and lifestyle alone is not enough to persuade you to make the move to Spain, the language should be. Studying in Spain offers the perfect opportunity to learn another language, with Spanish being amongst one of the most spoken in the world. This offers many prospects in the future and will certainly make you stand out amongst other candidates when applying for a job. Learning in the native country will make the language a lot easier to learn.
There are many regions to choose from in Spain to study, there are of course the two major cities of Madrid and Barcelona but there are also smaller ones such as Valencia.
The capital city is home to four universities that are in the QS world university rankings, with one of these being Spain’s oldest university, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Another is Madrid’s top and main university, Autónoma de Madrid. This university is home to 36,000 students and is split into seven different schools these being: Philosophy and Arts, Psychology, Law, Science, Business and Economics, Education and Biology. Due to its central position in the city it is ideal for international students wanting to explore Madrid. The other two top universities in this city are Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Politécnica de Madrid. Another top university based in Madrid is IE University. This university is privately owned by the business firm Instituto de Empresa, they offer courses in both Spanish and English and is therefore ideally suited to international students. There are approximately 75 nationalities with three campuses, one of these being in Madrid.
Spain’s second city, filled with amazing architecture such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral and home to one of Spain’s top football clubs Barcelona FC. Barcelona is known for being youth-orientated so it is ideal for students. The country’s two highest ranking universities are situated here: Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona. Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona has more than 40,000 students and is split into 13 schools which together offer 85 qualifications. Universitat de Barcelona is situated in the middle of the city and is home to over 63,700 students and is known for being the best university in Spain.
If the busy city life doesn’t appeal as much, Valencia offers a more relaxed environment. Valencia is Spain’s third largest city with rich beaches and a more modern feel compared to the other cities. It is host to many celebrations and festivals throughout the year, being perfect for international students who want to experience Spanish culture. The two main universities in Valencia are: Universitat de Valencia and Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Both of these making it onto QS’ top 500 world university rankings. The Universitat de Valencia is one of Spain’s oldest standing universities and has 55,000 students, with some parts of courses being taught in English. Universidad Politecnica de Valencia focuses on science and technology and it’s organised into five campuses.
Here are some helpful websites to visit for more information:
More information on study in the European Union.