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Do you need a student visa? Spain offers multiple chances and programs that you can benefit from. You can choose among some excellent business schools, an extensive work of universities, and other private institutions.
No wonder why Spain receives the most exchange students within the Erasmus program.
Alternatively, you can also consider the possibility of studying Spanish here and experience a full immersion. Did you know that Spanish is the 3rd most spoken language in the world?
Apart from studying, you can also carry out research, training or unpaid internship activities, participate in student exchanges, or perform volunteer services.
Come over, live like a local and enjoy our beautiful country.
Your eligibility depends on (a) your nationality and (b) the length of your stay.
As for the tourist visa, you don’t need to apply for a student visa if you hold a valid passport issued by a country excluded by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación).
Nevertheless, you must travel with your passport and/or national ID card since you will be asked to show it at the passport control as soon as you arrive in Spain.
Check the official list of nationals who do not require a student visa for Spain.
You must apply for a student visa unless you are from a European Union (EU) country. Below you can find all the requirements to apply for this kind of visa.
You need a student visa to enter Spain regardless of the length of your stay.
Be warned, there is a lot of paperwork involved in a student visa application.
Bear in mind that the requirements may vary from one country to another, so you should always contact the Embassy or Consulate prior to beginning your application.
To give you an idea of what you may need, here are some of the documents that the official will ask you to submit:
Additionally, if you are applying for a period longer than 180 days you will also need to present:
For example, here are the requirements for a US student. (Scroll down the page until you reach the ‘Student Visa’ section).
Mail, email or fax applications are not accepted. Your application must be submitted in person. To do so, check first if you need an appointment.
Similarly, you are only allowed to pick up your student visa in person.
Make sure you start the application well in advance because:
Some Embassies and Consulates do not accept applications more than 3 months in advance. Ask first!
As a rule of thumb, pick a piece of paper and write a list of all the questions you have. Inquire the officials and make sure everything is clear. These bureaucratic processes are long and rigid; don’t make them more painful than what they already are.