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Higher education in Spain for foreigners: characteristics of educational system.

Education information

Higher education in Spain is popular primarily because of its affordable fee: tuition at state universities (and most in the country) costs 1,200 to 2,500 euros per semester for students. Private universities offer more expensive core programs, but in general, Spanish universities are cheaper, for example, British or American.

In this section of the SMAPSE catalog you will find educational institutions of various types and academic orientation. Our experts have selected for you the most prestigious universities and higher schools in Spain. The catalog includes training centers offering bachelor's, master's, doctoral programs. The best universities in Spain are open to foreign students wishing to obtain a quality European education.

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Higher education system in Spain

The modern education scheme in Spain is represented by public and private universities, and several Catholic universities operate in the country. Schools are devided into specialization - classical universities are recommended to those wishing to receive a humanitarian specialty: the country retains a high level of teaching geography, art history, literature, history, philosophy.

Applied university courses are also popular, they are offered by educational institutions of the corresponding specialization. The most popular destinations are:

  • computer graphics,
  • tourism,
  • recreation,
  • design.

Technical institutes are open to students wishing to receive education in the field of architecture and construction. The popularity of other specialized training centers of the country is also growing rapidly. A special place is occupied by business schools, their graduates become professionals of high level in the field of management, finance and marketing.

Higher Education Cycles in Spain

In the European countries since 2011 the Bologna system of higher education operates. It includes 3 cycles:

  • Baccalaureate (Grado);
  • Master (Posgrado);
  • Graduate school (Doctorado).

Spanish Baccalaureate

The baccalaureate provides a four-year course of study. At the end of the course the student receives a Grado degree. Bachelor's degree is offered in all scientific fields: from the humanities and social sciences to the natural, exact.

Also a Bachelor's degree (Grado) can be obtained in the field of medicine: students who have completed four years of training can work as nurses. Specialists with a degree of grado en enfermería are highly valued and the world, nurses work in clinics in many countries of Europe, the Western and Southern hemispheres.

Master's Courses for International Students

The master is the second cycle of training. Master's entrants must have a Grado degree. Foreign students can apply for a master's degree if they have a higher education diploma obtained in their country. The document is necessarily confirmed (legalized) by the Ministry of Education of the country.

Postgraduate Studies in Spain

Doctor degree programs are usually designed for 1 year. Applicants of the graduate school must have a diploma of higher education, a Master degree. As a rule, graduates of official master's degrees are accepted for the course. The latter are interrelated with the doctorado in modern Spain.

Postgraduate study is an exclusively profile course of study. It is aimed at those wishing to engage in research, pedagogical activity, develop science. Foreign students who wish to study on a doctorado are advised to approach the choice of the Master responsibly, since not each of them provides the opportunity for admission to the graduate school. Also, the degree of Doctor can be obtained by students who have passed a master's degree in their country.

Highly specialized own university programs

Attention of foreign applicants is offered and highly specialized application programs: Experto Universitario, Master Universitario. To enroll in any of them requires the presence of a diploma confirming competence in the relevant field of knowledge. For example, a student specializing in economics - Experto Universitario and Master Universitario allow you to choose an applied field: external, domestic economy, etc.

The course lasts, as a rule, a 1 year. Own university programs are among the most expensive, they significantly outperform the so-called Postgrado (courses of the second and third cycles of the oficial category).

Educational programs in Spanish universities

Universities offer foreign students various courses and directions. They are divided into:

  • preparatory, designed for entrants and having a duration of 1-2 years;
  • bachelor's programs (three-year programs of the first cycle);
  • master's programs providing for in-depth study of special subjects (second cycle);
  • doctoral, biennial profile directions for qualified specialists wishing to obtain a scientific degree.

A suitable educational institution and program you can choose in the catalog compiled by the specialists of SMAPSE.

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Hello, this year in July I graduated from a university in Moscow in the direction of information systems in business, bachelor. In the fall of 2019, I wanted to enroll in a magistracy at Spanish universities. Now I began to learn Spanish. Where should I start?
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