Spain is the second largest and 5th most populous country in European Union. It became a member of EU in 1986 and is rapidly evolving as a multicultural nation due to mass migration from different continents.
It is a middle power and the twelfth largest economy in the world with a “very High” Human Development Index. The high per capita income (US$35,269) and the ideal Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters make it a favourite destination for immigrants. Consequently, its population rose to 46 million in the recent past with more than 10% of the present population consisting of non-Spanish ethnic groups.
Spanish companies invested in fields like renewable energy commercialization (Iberdrola was the world's largest renewable energy operator), technology companies like Telefónica, Abengoa, Mondragon Corporation, Movistar, Hisdesat, Indra, train manufacturers likeCAF, Talgo, global corporations such as the textile company Inditex, petroleum companies like Repsol and infrastructure, with six of the ten biggest international construction firms specialising in transport being Spanish, like Ferrovial, Acciona, ACS, OHL and FCC.
The higher education system in Spain witnessed revolutionary change in the last two decades. As a result, there are plenty of private as well as public institutions offering numerous courses at various levels. Spain’s education standards are at par with the best in Europe at a more affordable price.
Spain is considered as the third most populous country for international studies. In fact, 36% of the international students are from the American continent. Of course, language is never a barrier for international students in Spain. They can get along well with working knowledge of English in the cities and various institutions offer different courses in English for international students.
Spain enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in European Union. The Students from various countries can get great opportunities for pursuing different courses as well as learn Spanish, which is increasingly gaining importance all over the world and the most popular second language learned in the USA.. It is the second most spoken first language in the world. International tourism in Spain has become second largest in the world in terms of spending.
Travelling is cheap within Spain and neighboring countries like Portugal and France are easily accessible during the weekends. Even the beautiful Maghreb region of North Africa is just a couple of hours away. Spain has unique regions and cities that cater to varying requirements of international students. Madrid or Barcelona are ideal places for students who wish to study in a truly international environment along with Spanish charm and those who wish to embrace Spanish history and beauty of authentic Spanish life can opt for places like Granada, Sevilla, Pamplona etc..
Upon getting confirmation on enrolment for the course from the institution, you can apply for a study visa at the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country. You’ll need to apply for your visa between two and three months before you plan to travel to Spain to allow time to process your application.
The requirements may vary from consulate to consulate but in general you’ll need to show your passport, as well as the following:
If you are staying in Spain for more than six months to study, you must apply for a student residence permit within 30 days of entering Spain. You apply for it at your local Foreigners Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or police station.
You’ll need to show the following documents:
The card is valid for a year and you can renew it every year for five years as long as you are continuing with your studies.