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59 best universities in Spain for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

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Nowadays, Spanish universities are very popular among international students: education in the Iberian Peninsula attracts students from all over the world by high quality and affordable tuition fees. Higher education institutions in Spain accept students for basic programs (Bachelor's, Master's), for exchange, for obtaining a Doctoral degree. Private and public universities are open to foreign students, but the cost of studying is different - as a rule, state education is cheaper, but studying is conducted only in Spanish. Private universities also offer English undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Education at Spanish universities for foreign students

Today, there is a great deal of prestigious universities in Spain: some of them are among the oldest in the world, about a third are private. Programs in public and private universities are quite similar.

In addition, foreign students can study in religious universities: they provide an opportunity to receive not only a sought-after specialty, but also profound knowledge in the history of religion. Educational institutions of this orientation, where the cost of studying is relatively low, offer their students to study classical disciplines:

  • Latin;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Philosophy;
  • Philology;
  • Physics.

Private and state universities are divided into two types: in some, humanitarian subjects are offered for study, in others foreign students master applied disciplines. Also, international students can study specialized business programs: higher schools and MBA courses are very popular.

Structure of higher education in Spain

In any of the universities represented in SMAPSE TOP-40 directory, you can get high-quality Bachelor's and Master's degree. The first educational cycle lasts 4 years, the Master's degree in Spain can be completed in 1 year. The list of academic directions for both educational cycles is extensive, specialists are trained in various fields. Diplomas issued by the country's universities are highly valued in the international labor market.

Moreover, there are the universities that offer Doctoral programs in this section of catalogue. Studying doctoral studies takes 1 year and ends with the defense of the thesis. In the country, students can also rely on career guidance. Each institution has its own labor exchange, where specialists help students and graduates find a suitable job.

Make the right choice with SMAPSE experts

The catalogue of TOP-40 universities in Spain includes many institutions of various types of subordination and academic direction. We recommend choosing a higher school by several parameters - several filters are available for sorting information in the section on the left panel of the page. You can select universities according to the type of educational programme (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.), location, the language of instruction.

SMAPSE offers individual selection of universities in Spain - the specialists of SMAPSE will recommend you universities and higher schools in accordance with the set parameters. For individual selection, fill out the application on the site or send it by e-mail.

Top 15 universities in Spain

1 EU Business School Barcelona
2 Les Roches Marbella
3 IED Madrid
4 IED Barcelona
5 Barcelona School of Management
6 Geneva Business School Barcelona
7 Saint Louis University Madrid
8 Marbella International University Centre
9 LCI Barcelona

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi

11 International Business School Barcelona (ESEI)

UCAM - Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia


INSA Business Marketing and Communication School

14 TBS Barcelona
15 BEBS Barcelona Executive Business School

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Top 35 universities and colleges of Canada

1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27    Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Top 50 universities in the USA

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5 University of Chicago
6 Princeton University
7 Cornell University
8 University of Pennsylvania
9 Yale University
10 Columbia University
11 Johns Hopkins University
12 Duke University
13 Northwestern University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 New York University
16 Carnegie Mellon University
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
18 Brown University
19 University of Washington
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
21 Rice University
22 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
23 Boston University
24 University of California, Davis
25 Washington University in St. Louis
26 Purdue University
27 University of Southern California
28 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
29 University of Maryland, College Park
30 University of Pittsburgh
31 Michigan State University
32 Emory University
33 University of Minnesota
34 University of Florida
35 University of Rochester
36 Case Western Reserve University
37 Texas A&M University
38 University of Virginia
39 Vanderbilt University
40 University of Colorado Boulder
41 Dartmouth College
42 University of Notre Dame
43 Arizona State University
44 University of California, Irvine
45 Georgetown University
46 Tufts University
47    University of Miami
48 North Carolina State University
49 University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Universities in top 200 3
Universities in top 500 12
Universities in top 1000 25
Universities in top 5000 81

Statistics of English courses in Spain

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
General Spanish 20 8-12 Beginner €165+
Intensive Spanish 25-30 8-12 Beginner €180+
Super Intensive Course 30-35 8-12 Beginner €335+
DELEPreparation 30 8-10 Elementary €220+
Spanish for Business 25 8-10 Upper Intermediate €210+
Spanish on the move 22 4-8 Beginner €225+
Teacher training 20 5-10 Upper Intermediate €250+
Spanish+ 20+ 6-10 Beginner €250+
One to one 5-20 1-2 Beginner €200+
Preparation for university 15-20 8-15 Beginner €250+

Students Accommodation Options in Spain

Accomondation Meals Number of people per room Cost per week/min Cost per week/max
Homestay full Board or half Board 1-2 €160 €230+
School residence optional 1-2 €180 €270+
Appartment organized by student 1-4 €130 €475+
Hotel optional 1-2 €35/day €300+/day

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min., € Average €
Consular fee of the embassy €35 €60
Flight (Moscow - Madrid - Moscow) €165 €315
Medical insurance €8/week €15/week
Study material €10 €15
Delivery of invitations by express mail €65 €85
Transfer/Escort €55 €65
Additional payment for accommodation per week, during the high season €20 €35
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