Cost of Studying in Spain 2021 Tuition, Living, Medical and Visa Fees

Schools in Spain are where you can acquire both an amazing study time and degrees to increase your CV. The cost of Studying in Spain demands that you also make plans on our budget while in Spain and these budgets encompasses the cost you will be making before and while studying in Spain.

These costs are not unheard of or strange as they include your cost of study, cost of accommodation while in Spain, the cost of transportation, visa, and medical insurance while studying.

Education System in Spain

The educational system was reorganized in the following manner: preschool (from 0 to 6 years) was organized into two cycles (0 to 3 years and 3 to 6 years); elementary education (ages 6 to 12 years) was organized into three cycles (6 to 8 years, 8 to 10 years, and 10 to 12 years).

Compulsory education (ages 12 to 16 years) was divided into two cycles (12 to 14 years and 14 to 16 years); and secondary education (16 to 18 years) included either (preparation for university studies) or professional training (vocational training).

One of the innovations of the LOGSE was the introduction of constructivist approaches to learning and teaching based on the ideas of Piaget, schema theory, and the social constructivism of Vygotsky.

In Spain, the education regulating body is “Ministry of Education”. In Spain, it is the “Law Of Education” that makes the regulations.

According to this law, education in Spain is compulsory and should be free from “six years to sixteen years of age”.

This is supported by the government of Spain. From 6 to 16, school attendance is compulsory for every child.

There are two forms of post-secondary school education. The first leads to the title of técnico superior (higher technician) after a period of 1 – 2 years that brings with it the right to register at university too.

Pupils who attended academic higher secondary school may go directly on to anyone of 59 Spanish universities provided they first pass an entrance examination.

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Here they may attend a variety of courses beginning with 1-year programs and culminating with doctorates.

Tuition Fee in Spain

  • Undergraduate tuition fee

In Spanish, this degree is called a ‘Grado’. In order to graduate with this type of degree, there are several qualifications that students must earn.

The undergraduate degree is also called a bachelor’s degree and is the minimal qualifications that most people require in a particular field.

First, 240 ECTS credits are required over a four-year course. In addition, a dissertation is mandatory towards the end of the last year and its value can be significant, up to 30 credits.

Some students choose to speed up their credit accumulation by enrolling in extracurricular activities.

A bachelor’s degree in education can cost you anywhere between 680 and 1,280 Euros per school year when attending a public university, Fees for attending a private university to earn a bachelor’s degree vary between 5,500 and 18,000 Euros per school year.

  • Postgraduate Tuition Fee

To earn a master’s degree at a Spain university the student must complete all required coursework over a period of two years.

The number of credits that will be needed will vary, but range from 60 and 120 Euros per semester. Once the degree is earned it is valid in all EHEA validated countries.

Students coming to Spain to earn a Postgraduate degree will find themselves among some of the best schools in the world. Spain has great schools that provide you the opportunity to nurture your learning and enhance yourself with many different courses offered.

  • Doctorate Tuition Fee

A Spanish doctorate follows well-defined guidelines about structure and supervision. It is organized by a university’s Academic Commission, formed of appointed academics and researchers.

In Spain, full-time Ph.D. studies last for a maximum of three years. It is possible to have enrolment on a doctoral program extended for an additional two years, but this must be specially approved by your university’s Academic Commission. Part-time Ph.D. programs last for five years.

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Although the main activity during a Ph.D. is research, you may also need to attend training courses, seminars and partake in other academic activities.

These are coordinated by your Academic Commission. Often, Spanish doctorates are formed from two stages, the first stage (during the first-year) focusses on the training courses to the value of 60 ECTS credits; the second stage focusses on research and writing of the thesis.

Tuition fees in Spain are calculated per ECTS credit instead of per semester or year. This is currently set between €22 and €36 per credit.

As most of the set hours of study of a Ph.D. are carried out in the first year, this equates to around €1,500-2,500 for the initial year of study.

Subsequent years still have tuition costs for training and research costs, but these can be typically significantly lower at around €200-600 per year (plus other administration costs).

Accommodation Fee Tuition

Living in Spain costs more if you choose Madrid or Barcelona, which claim the titles of the most expensive Spanish cities, where you would need around 1,000 EUR/month for all your monthly expenses. But you can also manage with a tight budget of 800 EUR/month.

The main housing options for students in Spain are:

  1. Student residence – prices range from 360 to 650 EUR/month.
  2. Rent an apartment – prices for rent are between 450 and 700 EUR/month. Renting an apartment in Madrid and Barcelona costs around 900 – 1,200 EUR/month.
  3. Homestay – rates are around 700 – 800 EUR/month, with meals included.

Cost of Medical Insurance in Spain

If you are a student in Spain you need the EHC or the European Health Card. This card titles the recipient access to the great healthcare found in the country.

When you have the card you can get all of your healthcare costs reduced, and sometimes at no cost.

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While most medical services are covered with this card, dental services are not covered. Prescriptions are covered under the plan, with 60% paid and the remaining 40% your responsibility to cover.

If you need emergency services while in Spain you will be covered only when you use the public health facilities near you.

Take a look at the average costs of some of the most common medical procedures being performed.

  • General doctor Visit -35 Euros
  • Tooth Whitening -330 Euros
  • Filling -49 Euros
  • Varicose Vein Removal -1400 Euros

Cost of Transportation in Spain

A regular trip by public transport usually costs 1.5 EUR, and a monthly transport pass is 42 EUR and a little over 54 EUR in large cities.

You can travel to Spain and see its lovely cities with AVE (speed train): the average price for a trip is 75 EUR. With the youth travel card, you can get major discounts.

Cost of Visa in Spain

If you are coming to Spain from another country in Europe, a passport or Visa will never be required for entry into the country.

If you are coming from a non-European country and plan to stay for a period of three months or longer a passport is required to obtain.

The passport must be valid for a period of 90 days after the length of the planned stay in Spain. Students coming from the United States do not need a Visa for a stay of fewer than 90 days.  The visa fee is 60 Euros and is payable to the consulate of Spain.

This fee is non-refundable, even if the person didn’t fill the visa application properly.  There is a separate visa for students as well.

This is required for those who are  US citizens. The U.S. citizens application must be notarized by an authorized person and submitted in person.


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