If you consider applying for a Spanish university, most likely you were drawn to this country due to the peaceful, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, beautiful weather all year long, thriving city life, especially in large Spanish cities. Low tuition fees and low living costs are also considerable reasons for choosing to study in Spain. Overall, Spain offers amazing study option and cultural experience.
There are probably few things you know about the application process for a Spanish university, so here is the main information.
- Spain offers many and interesting study opportunities, but inform yourself thoroughly and choose your university programme wisely. Check out Bachelor and Master degrees in Spain
- Note the fact that the grade point average you received at your last graduated school along with other requirements will determine whether you qualify for the studies in Spain.
- Look for scholarship opportunities here.
How to apply
For undergraduate applicants, the application process depends on the country where you finished your prior studies.
EU students coming from Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or China, will have to submit their application through the Spanish National University for Distance Education (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia - UNED).
Non EU students (or whose last graduated school is not in the EU), will need recognition of their studies from the Spanish embassy/consulate in their area. The Spanish consulate will provide temporary proof of your studies called "Volante acreditativo" and you may you continue with the process of application until your studies will be recognized.
Graduate students can simply contact the university directly, check the admission criteria and apply online through the university website or by sending all necessary documents by e-mail.
Steps when applying on UNED website
Complete the application form (solicitud de inscripción) application system is available starting in April.
Print out the application and along with other additional documents that may be required, such as: photocopies of your identity card or passport, school certificate and results obtained in university entrance exams (from your home country), you will have to send them by post to the UNED address from Madrid.
If you qualify for university studies in Spain, you will receive a certificate (Credencial de acceso) within three months.
Language requirements for Spanish university application
Spanish regulations regarding access to university studies dont require Spanish proficiency as mandatory in order to be admitted. However, most universities, especially for undergraduate degree level, use Spanish as medium of instruction, therefore they will check if your level of Spanish is sufficient for you to be able to successfully pass your studies in Spain.
Most international students present results obtained at the DELE test, but in some cases, universities will accept if you simply pass a language test.
Spanish universities provide several study degrees that are taught in English. Accepted proficiency tests are: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge.
Required application documents
- Identity Document / Passport
- Two passport-size photographs
- Statement of purpose (in maximum 500 words you have to explain why you want to study at the university, your expectations and aspirations)
- Proof of English/Spanish Proficiency (If you are not from an English/Spanish speaking country or have not previously studied in English/Spanish)
- High School/Bachelor Certificate (Officially translated in English or Spanish)
- High School/Bachelor Grade Transcripts (Officially translated in English or Spanish)
- Average grade point declaration (if applicable)
Depending on each university or the degree you have chosen, you may be required additional documents, such as:
- A letter of presentation signed by an academic responsible at your home university (applicable for graduate students)
- If you applied for an art, music degree, you will have to present a portfolio including artistic work and projects.
Spanish universities usually have three periods for application:
Fall semester (October) apply within the first week of June
Late registrations for the fall semester (October) apply within the first week of September
Spring semester (February) apply within the first week of December
Find more information regarding application deadline and other details regarding higher education at Ministeriode Educación, Ciencia y Deportes de España (National Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of Spain).
After you receive the acceptance letter
Apply for a student visa for Spain if you need one.
Arrange your health insurance plan: EU or non-EU, you will have to acquire a European Health Insurance Card from the public health authorities from your home country before arriving in Spain.
If you plan to study for more than three months, you must apply for residence certificate (Tarjeta de Residencia) once you have been admitted.