Study Spanish in Spain for college or work

Looking for your next adventure? Study Spanish in Spain! Are you ready for it? Spanish is a wonderful language and it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Our guide will help answer all your questions and show you which language school could be the best one for you!

Why study Spanish in Spain?

Spanish is spoken by almost 500 million people. With Spanish skills you will have more career opportunities, you can make many friends all over the world and you can continue your education in beautiful Spain.

If you live in Europe, Spain is only a few hours away. In comparison to for example South America, it is easier for you to get there. Studying Spanish in Spain also means that you will have the opportunity to speak, to travel or to get in touch with the culture more often.

Which visa do you need to study Spanish in Spain?

Citizens of the European Union don’t need a visa to study in Spain. Students from other countries need a visa depending on the length of their stay. If you want to stay in Spain for more than six months, a student residence card could also be necessary.

Check this website to find out if you need a visa or not and how to apply for it if necessary: Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación.

How much does it cost to study Spanish in Spain?

If you want to study Spanish in Spain you have to calculate your budget. With our example costs of living you could think about your costs in advance. Here are the main ones:

  • Getting to Spain
  • Language school tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Getting around the city (i.e. public transport)
  • General spending

While studying abroad you will need more money than at home. That’s because you will travel, taste traditional food and drinks, and visit different cultural events. But don’t panic. If you calculate your budget in advance, you will have the best time of your life!

Getting to Spain

The fastest way to get to Spain is by plane, but usually this is the most expensive . Here are some examples:

from London to …

… Barcelona: 150 €
… Madrid: 140 €
… Málaga: 150 €
… Alicante: 145 €
… Palma: 160 €

from Paris to …

… Barcelona: 100 €
… Madrid: 130 €
… Málaga: 200 €
… Alicante: 170 €
… Palma: 210 €

from Berlin to …

… Barcelona: 180 €
… Madrid: 135 €
… Málaga: 240 €
… Alicante: 230 €
… Palma: 160 €

from New York to …

… Barcelona: 500 €
… Madrid: 380 €
… Málaga: 550 €
… Alicante: 680 €
… Palma: 620 €

from Los Angeles to …

… Barcelona: 780 €
… Madrid: 730 €
… Málaga: 750 €
… Alicante: 700 €
… Palma: 880 €

from Hongkong to …

… Barcelona: 530 €
… Madrid: 550 €
… Málaga: 800 €
… Alicante: 800 €
… Palma: 700 €

from Sydney to …

… Barcelona: 1000 €
… Madrid: 1200 €
… Málaga: 1400 €
… Alicante: 1300 €
… Palma: 1400 €

Depending on where you live, you may be able to travel by train, bus or car. Travel by car has the advantage that you can take as much luggage as you want with you.

Language school fees

The fees of a language school always depend on the school itself, the language course and the weekly hours. Accommodation is charged on top.

On CourseFinders you can find more than 200 different language schools to study Spanish in Spain for college or work, so search now. After comparing prices between the schools you can then contact them and they will make sure you get the best price.

Accommodation in Spain

Many language schools could help you to find accommodation for the length of your stay. If you don’t get help, you can search by yourself. You can find different options depending on your budget.

You can also use facebook groups, online advertisements or simply Google to find the right accommodation. And the price depends on the size, the district and the length of your stay.

To be sure and not have any problems upon your arrival: First book a place to   and then look for permanent accommodation.

What to eat in Spain

You can check in advance if your language school offers lunch, most do. If you are in a homestay you will have breakfast, dinner and maybe a packed lunch included. But there are always days without a possibility to have lunch at home or at school. And you should also try different restaurants and bars to enjoy your studying abroad and get to know the local cuisine: a basic lunchtime menu including a drink costs about 12 €, a combo meal in a fast food restaurant about 7 €.

In addition, here are some other costs (e.g. in the supermarket):

  • 12 eggs: 2,50 €
  • 1 litre milk: 0,90 €
  • bread for 2 people per day: 0.90 €
  • 500 gramme of boneless chicken breast: 3,50 €
  • 1 kilogramme of tomatoes: 1,70 €
  • 1 kilogramme of apples: 1,80 €
  • 5 l domestic beer: 0.85 €
  • 1 bottle of red table wine (good quality): 6 €
  • 2 litres of Coca-Cola: 1,60 €

Getting around the city in Spain (i.e. public transport)

The easiest way to get around is by public transport. For a monthly ticket you should calculate about 50 €. You could also use single tickets (the price depends on how far you travel).

General spending

You might also want to enjoy your free time and that isn’t always for free. Therefore, here is a list with a few examples what you can do whilst you are studying Spanish in Spain:

  • basic dinner in a neighbourhood pub (for two persons): 30 €
  • dinner for two in a restaurant (including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert): 50 €
  • 2 tickets to the movies: 20 €
  • 2 tickets to the theatre: 60 €
  • a cocktail drink in a club: 8 €
  • a beer in a neighbourhood pub: 4 €
  • a cappuccino in a café: 2,00 €
  • a month of gym membership: 40 €

What should you do while you study in Spain?

Spain is a very varied country. It has many different cities, mountains as well as many great beaches, so there can be lots of things to do …

Try Spanish food

Trying food is one of the best methods to get in touch with a new culture. Here are our suggestions:

  • Tapas
  • Croquetas
  • Tortilla de patatas
  • Gazpacho
  • Pisto
  • Churros
  • Paella
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Empanadas

Visit different places

Spain has many big cities and each of them has its own flair.

In Madrid you could visit the Palacio Real, the Plaza Mayor or the Museo del Prado.

The highlights in Barcelona are the Sagrada Família, the Park Güell and the Casa Milà.

Sevilla also has a lot to offer. You can visit the Plaza de España, the Parque de María Luisa or the Torre del Oro.

And in Valencia you should visit the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the La Lonja de Seda and the Catedral de Valencia.

Get in touch with the culture

It is always important to get in touch with locals, the lifestyle and the culture. So try to do as many things as possible during your study abroad and enjoy your time in Spain!

What are the best language schools to study Spanish in Spain?

On CourseFinders, you can find more than 200 language schools in Spain. Here is a small selection:

Instituto Internacional de Idiomas – Marbella

The Instituto Internacional de Idiomas was established in 1982 and is located in Marbella. Over 1200 students every year improve their language skills by attending language courses there. In addition, you can choose between exam preparations, private or group courses and normal, intensive or super-intensive courses.

Here you can get more information: Instituto Internacional de Idiomas

Academia Guiu – Barcelona

With more than 125 years of experience the Academia Giui offers different courses to improve your Spanish skills. The school is located in the wonderful city of Barcelona which combines city and sea!

Here you can get more information: Academia Giui

Clic International House – Sevilla

The International House is located in a historical building in the city centre of Sevilla. Every year, the school welcomes students from over 20 countries who want to improve their Spanish language skills. Moreover, Clic is also accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and is a full member of the International House, IALC.

Here you can get more information: Clic International House

Estudio Sampere – Madrid

This language school is located in Madrid and offers different language courses. Qualified teachers and up-to-date materials should help you to take your language skills to the next level!

Here you can get more information: Estudio Sampere

Universidad de Málaga – Málaga

The language school of the University of Málaga is located in the city centre and helps students from all over the world to improve their language skills. In addition, the school is situated very close to the beach and offers a perfect learning environment.

Here you can get more information: Universidad de Málaga

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