Spain is one of the most visited European countries and a preferred study destination for many international students who wish to discover its interesting culture and lifestyle. The Kingdom of Spain has a rich history and provides enchanting experiences whether in large cities, the countryside or on the beach.
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 programmer. But is there more to know about Spain? Well, studying in Spain allows you to enroll at some of the best universities worldwide, including famous Spanish business schools. Student life is also very entertaining.
If you want to study in Spain, it’s important to know how much money you’d need as an international student. Keep on reading as we describe what kind of tuition you should expect and what are the living costs in this beautiful country.
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 enroll in Spanish public universities:
They are charged the same tuition as EU/EEA citizens
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.
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:
For university-specific degrees, each institution is free to set any tuition fee, because there are no limits imposed by the authorities.
Private universities have higher tuition fees, but usually not exceeding 20,000 EUR/academic years. 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.
These are some of the Spanish universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Spanish universities:
Generally, Spain is a relatively affordable country where international students should not feel financially pressured.
The main housing options for students in Spain are:
Renting a private apartment or studio does not necessarily mean that its monthly cost includes all the expenses. You have to add:
Students in Spain will find plenty of choices from the local cuisine, such as “paella”, “escabeche” or “merienda”. For your monthly groceries, you would normally spend between 200 and 400 EUR. It depends a lot on your habits: if you cook or not, how often you eat out, and so on. Some of the cheapest supermarkets in Spain are Dia, Bally, Dani and Mercadona.
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs around 10 EUR, while a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is 35 EUR.
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 around 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.
If you prefer private transport over walking, you can also rent a car from local companies.
You can also use the Numbeo website to check out other prices and costs in Spain.
If you need financial support to build your future career through education, you have several options in Spain:
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.
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