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Study Abroad in Spain

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Spain has become one of the top study abroad destinations in the world. Students are drawn to study abroad in Spain for its unique culture, rich history, and famous nightlife. Many students choose to study abroad in Spain in order to learn Spanish, and the country’s proximity to the rest of Europe doesn’t hurt!

Students flock to study abroad in Spain’s two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, as well as to many of its smaller ones such as Sevilla and Granada, to absorb a semester or a year’s worth of culture, language, and warm weather.

Spanish is spoken by over 400 million speakers in 21 different countries - and it all had to start somewhere! Join the ranks of Cortez, Ponce de Leon, and Pizarro and become a modern day Spanish explorer—bounce from museums to cathedrals to castles to the tune of a flamenco guitar as you are bedazzled by this country's diversity. Immersing yourself further into the culture in the by learning Spanish in Spain will surely enhance your time spent in this vibrant country. Influenced by surrounding European and north African cultures, Spain exemplifies the emergence of these two continents.

Photo credits: Dennis van den Worm.

Even though Spain's location and developed public transportation system allows students to opportunity to experience other European countries with ease, don't forget that Spain itself has a bunch of interesting and dynamic cities! Now, the only problem is deciding which one to call home for a semester.

Madrid

The capital of Spain says "¡Hola!" to modernity with its bustling businesses, sky scrapers, and lively evening entertainment while beautifully maintaining its roots - home not only to the Spanish royal family and the seat of the Spanish government, the country's largest city is also home to 3.5 million people.

Madrid's central location makes it a great travel hub for visiting other parts of Spain. Join Madrid residents and attend vibrant football matches or hang out in cozy tapas bars.

Barcelona

This coastal city is an attractive destination for international students. Residents of Barcelona, while speaking Catalan, are also fluent in Spanish.

Seville

See traditional bull fights in the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza or dance flamenco in the dance style's birthplace. Seville, as the capital of Andalusia, is situated in Spain's beautiful south lands. The city's stunning architecture is further highlighted by the winding Guadalquivir River that weaves in and out of its historic buildings. Seville is also famous for its festivals, and study abroaders over the spring semester will be delighted to participate in traditional celebrations of Semana Santa (holy week) and La Feria de Abril in April.

Housing

If housing isn't included with your program, you could opt to live with a host family, the local student dorms provided by your university, or get a shared student house with other locals or study abroad students. Once way to find furnished student housing in Spain is through UniPlaces.

Cell phones

While in Spain, it's best to come with an unlocked phone (if your normal phone isn't already unlocked for international use, contact your cell phone provider to do so now) and get a local SIM card to use during your study abroad trip. Most locals and study abroad students alike will use a pay-as-you-go plan, rather than a contract plan like we're used to in the States. Read more details on cell phone plans in Europe.

Language

Rarely will your classrooms in Spain have four walls - instead, studiers of the Spanish language will find that the locale itself provides bountiful opportunities to maximize your language acquisition. If you don't speak a lick of Spanish, fear not! There are a variety of programs for you that host classes in both English and Spanish.

In some regions of Spain people speak an entirely different language/dialect, such as Catalan or Basque in the northern parts of the country. Inform yourself about the local cultures of the destinations in which you are considering studying abroad in. Your decision to study in a larger or a smaller city will also affect your degree of immersion—larger cities will typically offer more familiar comforts of home (including English speakers!).

Immersion and cultural activities

Program fees may or may not include added cultural activities or small excursions. While some programs encourage these group activities for extensive learning and community building, others hold to the idea that students should be given the independence to see exactly what they want to see.

These activities can range from a day trips to local museums to weekend overnight trips to neighboring cities or countries. API Study Abroad includes multiple excursions in the overall program costs. A fun component to complement any academic studies!

Costs

Students should budget about $4,700 - $6,000 for a semester in Spain to cover personal expenses, transportation, food, housing, and books.

Scholarships for study abroad in Spain

Does studying abroad sound fabulous but expensive? While it is true, studying abroad can mean added costs, there are still a variety of ways to offset the extra expenses. If you're not up for opening a lemonade stand, I suggest looking at the following scholarships.

Programs

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Madrid
Schiller International University Madrid

Schiller International University’s degree in International Economics provides a thorough training in economic theory and pol

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GEO Study Abroad

This program is designed to help heritage speakers discover and develop their inherent linguistic abilities. You will learn t

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Salamanca
AIFS Study Abroad

Spend a semester or year studying in the picturesque city of Salamanca. Earn up to 15 credits at the University of Salamanca.

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Schiller International University Madrid

Political and economic problems today transcend international boundaries: Schiller International University’s Bachelor Degree

2 reviews
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Seville
CIEE

Advance your Spanish language skills while pursuing coursework in international business in a city rich in history and cultur

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Athena Study Abroad

The old and the new contrast vividly in Madrid, where narrow cobbled stone streets and 17th-century chapels border modern bou

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Salamanca
IES Abroad

The program allows you to be involed in the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest unive

24 reviews
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Syracuse University

Imagine life where the days are long on sunshine, and the evenings are full of the colors and sounds of people who enjoy life

1 reviews
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Granada
IES Abroad

Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program o

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Cadiz
Athena Study Abroad

Athena's partner school in Spain offers great in-depth Spanish language courses, but what's so great about this summer progra

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Malaga
EF International Language Centers

Travel to Spain for a semester or year and learn Spanish in one of the world's greatest cities. With centers in Madrid, Malag

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Eurocentres

The Eurocentres language school in Madrid is situated at the heart of the Spanish capital city in the Barrio de las Letras di

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Madrid
CISabroad

With world-famous works from Miró and Picasso, delicious paellas, grand parks and boulevards, and
vibrant nightclubs, Madrid

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Seville
API

Academic Programs International (API) invites you to come study abroad in Spain at the Universidad de Sevilla! Founded in 150

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Barcelona
BCA Study Abroad

Barcelona is set on the Mediterranean coast within easy reach of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains. One of the most

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