Studying in Spain
Spain is one of the countries in the world that welcomes more foreign students. A training offer up to your expectations.
Training offer that exists in Spain is of great quality, proof of this is that it has become in the first country receiving students of the European scholarship Erasmus. But Spain receives students from all continents. It is the third country in the world in number of foreigners in its MBA programs.
About 4,000 students from Africa, nearly 8,000 from North America, 10,000 from Asia, 248 from Oceania and surely, because of the language affinity, Central and South America is the territory that provides more students (around 18,000). If we also add the more than 30,000 Europeans who study in our country, Spain hosts a total of more than 62,000 students in university or higher studies.
To this figure the more than 700,000 foreign students in the General Education (Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate) who are enrolled in Spanish schools have to be added.
Primary and Secondary Studies
Basic education in Spain consists of Primary Education (EP) and Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO). It covers from six to sixteen years old and both are compulsory and free. All autonomous regions have several public education centres. More and more public centres offer Bilingual Education and are joined to the International Baccalaureate Program.
There are also State-subsidised Schools and Private Schools. The difference among both of them is that State-subsidised Schools, even though they are of private nature, they are heavily subsidized by the Central Government.
Vocational and Technical Training
Once finished Compulsory Secondary Education, Vocational and Technical Training offers many professional opportunities. Vocational Training (FP) is organized in Intermediate and Advanced Educational Cycles and they are grouped into about 26 professional families.
Spain has a wide university training offer, both public and private. Such universities have registered about 500 Research Institutes and almost thirty Doctoral Schools.
Postgraduates and Masters
Over 100,000 people study an official master in Spain. Likewise, our country hosts three of the most prestigious business schools in the world, according Financial Times: IE Business School, IESE Business School and ESADE & Law School. There you can take different masters and postgraduate courses:
In a leadership position is also Industrial Organization School (Escuela de Organización Industrial - EOI) that has reached number 16 in the world web ranking of Business Schools; and Esic Business & Marketing School, that offers a full offer of higher courses.
Spain is the first issuer and receiver country of student from the Erasmus mobility program
Spain is the first issuer and receiver country of student from the Erasmus mobility program. In addition to this program, there are other sectorial such as Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtving; Youth in Action, and five international cooperation programs: Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa and Edulink.
All those, along with the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), included from 2014 in Erasmus+. By joining all together in one, it is intended to contribute to employment creation, since it is expected to improve employment opportunities for young people.
Studying Spanish is fashionable. More than 20 million people are learning Spanish, becoming it the second most studied language in the world. It also ranks the second position in international communication and Internet. The Cervantes Institute has on its website all the information you need if you want to study Spanish.
DELE diplomas (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) awarded by the Cervantes Institute are official qualifications internationally recognised and indefinitely valid. There are five examination sessions throughout the year.
Studies of Music, Dance and Drama
Placido Domingo, Pau Casals, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are a sign of Spanish artistic talent. In our country there are a complete network of Higher Conservatories of Music, Dance and Drama and prestigious centres as the conservatory Berklee College of Music or the Royal School for Dramatic Arts, where these artistic disciplines at the highest level are taught.
Spain is a leading country in fashion and interior design, but it also begins to emerge in animation and game design. There is a wide training offer both for fashion design with the European Institute of Design (IED), and the Fashion Design School IADE of the University of Alcala, and for game, animation and interior design with the ESNE.
Fine Cuisine Schools
Among them, stands out the Basque Culinary Centre, located in the Basque Country, which has a Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and a Research and Innovation Centre for Food and Gastronomy.