How to access university in Spain

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A laid-back lifestyle and delicious food make of Spain a popular destination to study for students from all over the world. In 2020, Spain ranked first in the ‘Top 10 Study Abroad Destinations’ on an European list! After all, is there anything better than combining an unforgettable cultural experience with studying abroad?

Sandra Sánchez
Coordinadora

A laid-back lifestyle and delicious food make of Spain a popular destination to study for students from all over the world. In 2020, Spain ranked first in the ‘Top 10 Study Abroad Destinations’ on an European list! After all, is there anything better than combining an unforgettable cultural experience with studying abroad?

Hello! If you are reading this post it is because you would like to study in a Spanish university. Students with a high school diploma not issued in Spain must take a series of exams. These tests, called Selectividad PCE (which translates to “Specific Competences Test,” in its Spanish acronym), are offered as part of the UNEDasiss program. In order to begin your undergraduate studies in Spain, please consider the following 10 steps.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Graduate from high school.
  2. Obtain an apostille for your high school diploma.
  3. In the case of a non-Spanish language high school diploma, have it translated into Spanish.
  4. Begin the homologation process for your high school diploma.
  5. Decide in which Spanish university program you would like to study. This is very important. Knowing WHAT you would like to study and WHERE will help to determine which educational itinerary you will take in relation to entrance exams (i.e., Selectividad PCE). Knowing what you would like to study and where will also determine admission requirements. Each Spanish region has its own admission criteria. Moreover, each Spanish state (or Comunidad Autónoma) and/or Spanish university can have different entrance requirements for its applicants.
  6. Start studying for your Spanish university entrance exams. The best option for applicants to Spanish universities is to begin your exam preparation with Escuela PCE. In Escuela PCE our instructors will guide you through exam content and the admission process itself in order to help you gain admittance to your Spanish university of choice. For more information you can contact us through info@escuelapce.galeondesarrollo.com or through WhatsApp.
  7. Apply for the PCE Exam. During the year, there are two application periods for the PCE Exam: Exam Period One in either May or June and Exam Period Two in September.
  8. Take the PCE Exam in an UNED testing center. Escuela PCE can help applicants select their UNED testing center.
  9. Obtain your PCE Exam score from UNED.
  10. Begin the pre-application process. After obtaining your PCE Exam score, applicants can then apply to their Spanish university of choice.
  11. Applicants then receive a letter of acceptance from their Spanish university in mid-July.
  12. Students then begin their undergraduate studies in Spain in September.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES IN SPAIN (Non-EU citizens)

  • A valid passport.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Travel insurance.
  • The Spanish address where you are going to live during your studies.
  • Proof of funds sufficient to cover your living expenses during your studies. The quantity required will depend on your country of origin. Each country’s consulate will require a different quantity.
  • Valid student visa (the process for obtaining it depends on your country of origin).

Preguntas frecuentes

There are 83 universities in the Spanish university system. There are 50 public and 33 private Spanish universities. Two of Spain’s public universities are geared to distance and online learning, for example UNED.

The average university tuition in Spain is around €1,500 for public universities and €9,500 for private universities.

Yes. There are scholarships available in Spain for every type of student.

Effective PCE Exam preparation will depend on the applicant’s university of choice and the degree that the applicant selects. Escuela PCE can help to guide you through your exam preparation process.

No. Access to any Spanish university requires a valid student visa.

Yes. If you have a valid EU passport, you do NOT have to complete steps 2, 3, and 4.

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