Coming to Spain as a Student (Immigration/Visas)

Spanish further (tertiary) education is high-quality and its courses are relatively cheap. Spain has embraced the idea of the international student, so it is fairly easy to study there.

Video guide to coming to Spain as a student

You can get a quick overview of student visas in Spain by watching this video interview (below) with Spanish lawyer Miguel Manzanares. You can also scroll down and read the guide he has written with us, and see our other residency/visa guides for Spain.

Student visas in Spain

Spain hosts a lot of international students that come to our country for a wide range of educational approaches – from simple Spanish-language courses, to the highest level university degrees.

A student visa will last for the duration of the course (whether it’s just a few days, a couple of months or up to 1 year). If you continue studying in Spain for at least three years and you renew your student visa every year, if you wish to remain in the country you can apply for a work visa (see our Guide to Coming to Spain to Work).

In order to be eligible for a student visa you need to:

  • Have an unconditional place on a course
  • Have enough money to support yourself and pay the school or university fees
  • Have health insurance for the duration of your course

What does it cost?

A long-term student visa in Spain costs €60.

Working on a student visa

Foreign students over 18 years old can work for 20 hours a week. Many students work a few hours a week at a bar or restaurant that caters to expats – of which there are plenty in the area!

Will a student visa include your spouse or children?

Yes, for an extra €60 for each person. You will also have to prove that you can support all of them.

How long does it take?

Student visas usually take about a month to process. You can apply three months in advance, however, and I thoroughly recommend that you do.


Studying in Spain is likely to be a great experience. The weather and social scenes are great, the standard of education is high and you’re sure to make some fantastic friendships!


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