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Public universities in Spain

Address: Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Description Public universities in Spain

Spain attracts foreign students with its beaches, vibrant cities, festivals, and beautiful architecture. The country shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the state is the third largest UNESCO World Heritage Site after Italy and China. There is something for the tourist to do here: visit many art galleries, museums, spend time on the beach, explore the countryside, visit unusual restaurants. But the main thing is the opportunity to get a quality education at state universities.

Top Universities in Spain

50 universities in Spain were included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings-2021. The most popular are located in Madrid, Barcelona and smaller cities (Seville, Granada). Each region of Spain is individual, therefore, when choosing a university, students should proceed from where they want to study and live for the next 3-4 years. Life here is relatively inexpensive, the cost of goods and services is below the European average.

One of the reasons young people choose to study in Spain is the opportunity to learn the language. Spanish is the second most widespread language in the world, it is in demand in the world of business, science and art. Although most courses are taught in Spanish, there are a number of Bachelor's / Master's programs in English.

Top public universities in Spain

  • University Pompeu Fabra is a young university founded in 1990 in Barcelona. Strengths: Social and Human Sciences, Healthcare, Social Sciences, Communications and ICT. It was named after the linguist Pompeu Fabre, a connoisseur of the Catalan language (Catalan is the official language of the educational institution). It operates on 3 campuses: social sciences and humanities study at Ciutadella, health and life sciences at Mar, communications and information technology at Poblenou.
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - the main campus is located in Bellaterra, one of the main industrial and technological areas of Mediterranean Europe (25 minutes from the center of Barcelona). The university offers 87 bachelor's degrees, 315 master's degrees and 68 doctoral programs. Bachelor's degrees in business management and administration, economics, primary education, tourism are offered entirely in English, making the university attracting international students. There are 13 faculties on the basis of the educational institution, including the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Communication, Arts, Humanities, Medicine, and Translation and Interpretation.
  • The third best Spanish university, the University of Barcelona, is located in vibrant Barcelona, one of the country's largest educational centers. It offers 73 undergraduate courses, over 140 standard graduate courses, over 400 graduate courses in total, UB postgraduate courses, 48 doctoral programs. Two courses are taught entirely in English (International Business and English Studies) and five are partly taught in English.
  • Autonomous University of Madrid - the main campus is located in the Cantoblanco area on the outskirts of Madrid, connected to the city center by a commuter train. The campus has 16 cafes and canteens, indoor / outdoor pools, a medical center, sports fields, beach volleyball courts, as well as a train station (!) And bus routes. Notable alumni include several former government ministers, Gaspar Lamazares (former leader of the United Left Party), His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, who holds a law degree.
  • Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) - public higher education institution in Spain has been operating since 1499. The university is included in the 5% of the best higher educational institutions in the world, occupying the 209th position. Known for the high quality of teaching in the areas of "Arts and Humanities", "Engineering and Technology", "Life Sciences and Medicine", "Natural Sciences", "Social Sciences and Management", "Mathematics", "Chemistry". The university has an urban campus.

The system of admission to Spanish universities

At the moment, there are two systems for enrolling applicants from abroad:

  • Pruebas de Competencia Específica (PCE)
  • Evaluación del Bachillerato para el Acceso a la Universidad (EBAU o EvAU).

Each educational institution chooses an admission system. UNED publishes in December the conditions for the student not only to decide what he wants to study, but in which educational institution or region of Spain he wants to study. According to this, students choose the PCE or EBAU system.

PCE system

General list

entrance exams

(choose 1 item)

  • Foreign language (English, French, German, Italian or Portuguese)
  • History of Spain

Optional list


exams (choose 1 subject

according to direction)

  • Science: Mathematics.
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematics in the Social Sciences.
  • Humanities: Foreign language, different from the general block of the list. Depending on the choice of specialty on the part of each student (profile subjects are multiplied by 0.2 to get a maximum score of 14).
  • Art: Fundamentals of Art or History of Art.

General and optional

list of introductory

exams (choose 2 subjects)

Depending on the choice of specialty on the part of each

student (profile subjects are multiplied by 0.2 to

score a maximum score of 14).

EBAU system

General list of entrance exams (3 compulsory subjects)

  • Spanish language
  • History of Spain
  • Foreign language (English, French, German, Italian or Portuguese)

General list of entrance exams in the direction (choose 1)

  • Maths
  • Social mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Art


(choose 2 items)

Depending on the choice of specialty on the part of each student (profile subjects 0.2 to get a maximum score of 14).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Public universities in Spain

Program name

General Spanish Courses - 4-20 hours


  • Extensive - 4 hours / week
  • Extensive Plus - 6 hours / week
  • Intensive - 10 hours / week
  • Intensive Plus - 20 hours / week.

Long Term Courses - from 30 hours

from 95 € / week

Official courses of preparation for exams - from 10 hours / week.

DELE Preparation:

  • Intensive - 10 hours / week
  • Intensive Plus - 20 h / week

The official registration fee for the DELE exam is not included.

SIELE Preparation:

  • 200 hours general Spanish + 2 private preparation lessons + SIELE Official Exam
  • Express preparation + SIELE exam

CCSE Exam Preparation Course:

  • 200 hours of general Spanish
  • 2 individual lessons to prepare for the exam
  • Official registration fee for DELE A
  • CCSE exams.
from 13 € / lesson

Private lessons / Private groups - from 4 h.

Individual lessons or private group lessons.

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University Pathway Courses - PAU preparation - from 20 h / week

Preparatory lessons - 20-30 h / week.



4 exams

3 exams + 200 hours of General Spanish

4 exams (full-time) + 2 exams (online)

3 exams + 200 hours of Spanish (on site) + 2 exams (online)

from 4 000 € / 30 weeks

Spanish Course for Masters Admission - PCE

  • 20 hours per week of General Spanish lessons
  • DELE exam preparation course.

Duration of studying:

  • 30 weeks
  • 40 weeks
  • 1 year.

Educational consulting service

Standard consultations for applicants for a bachelor's degree:

  • Assistance in accreditation / approval (homologation) of educational documents
  • Registration for the official university entrance exams (PAU)
  • Information about the requirements for admission to the undergraduate program.

Standard consultations for applicants to the magistracy:

  • Assistance in accreditation / approval (homologation) of educational documents
  • General information about the university, master's degrees
  • Information on Master's Degree Access Requirements
  • Information on admission.

Premium advice for applicants for undergraduate courses:

  • Assistance in filling out the application
  • Assistance in accreditation / approval of educational documents
  • Registration for the official university entrance exams (PAU)
  • Personalized information on the admission criteria for the selected bachelor's degree
  • Information about admission to the university and the inscription for the bachelor's degree.

Premium advice for applicants for master's programs:

  • Assistance in filling out the application
  • Assistance in accreditation / approval of educational documents
  • Resume correction for preliminary application for master's degree
  • Personalized information about the criteria for admission to the selected course
  • Personalized information about admission to the selected university.

Assistance in university admission for undergraduate / graduate programs

Students can delegate all the work related to pre-registration to specialists, and they guarantee the correct preparation of documentation in the simplest, most convenient way.

University preparation course

The program includes:

  • 20 hours of academic Spanish
  • Pre-registration for the selected courses.

Preparatory Spanish course for Master's degree at Universitat Jaume I In Castellon. Private groups on request

  • General Spanish - 20 to 30 hours / week
  • DELE preparatory course
  • University preparation course
  • Tours.
from 190 € / week

Professional educational courses - from 10 h / week

Professional courses are available for groups or individuals, and can be individualized or combined.

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro

  • Short stay (for groups) - 20 hours of individual lessons for 1 week.
  • Host family accommodation (shared room, half board)
  • 10 hours of professional visits
  • Cultural events.

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro

  • Long stay (for individuals) 
  • Duration: 3 weeks, 40 hours of private lessons
  • 60 hours of professional visits
  • Cultural activities
  • Accommodation in a student apartment.

Other programs

  • Spanish for healthcare professionals
  • Spanish cinema
  • Spanish for lawyers and more.

Ele Teacher studying Course

Personalized curriculum.

Spanish and Marketing (long-term course)

  • Course schedule - 20 hours. or 30h / week general Spanish lessons
  • Beginner course (level A)
  • DELE preparation course
  • Marketing course.

Possible course option is designed for intermediate or advanced students (level B and C).

Spanish on vacation - 20 hours

  • General Spanish lessons - 20 h / week
  • 1 excursion / activity per week
  • Homestay, shared room, half board
  • Welcome reception
  • Historical city tour
  • Spanish cinema
  • Cultural Activity
  • Transfer from / to airport
  • 1 teacher for free for a group of 10 students.

Individualized program for groups

Groups can completely personalize their experience by choosing their preferred course, including the number of hours per week, leisure and cultural activities, and accommodation. Spanish - 20 hours / week

Examples of courses:

  • "Basic" (weekly stay)
  • Discover Valencia (one week stay).
from 175 € / 2 lessons

Spanish + programs

The programs allow individual students / groups to combine their chosen Spanish course (general, individual lessons, private groups). Students can customize the program by choosing the duration and number of weekly lessons.

Spanish and tennis

  • Materials: court, racket, balls
  • Transfer to the tennis court.
  • The drinks
  • Individual studying or free game (for couples).

Spanish and cooking

  • Tapas and wine "Masterchef" (for groups)
  • Professional master class with supervision and tasting
  • Groups of 20-30 people.

Spanish & Golf

  • Materials: golf clubs and balls
  • Transfer to the golf course.

Courses for children, adolescents - 40 hours

  • General Spanish and free time classes
  • 2 excursions per week
  • Course materials
  • 1 week stay with a host family (dorm room - half board)
  • Transfer from / to airport
  • PCE family courses from 4 to 20 hours per week, individual or private group lessons.
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Exclusive courses

These courses are distinguished by an individual approach to the choice of the type and number of classes.

Program options:

  • Luxury Vacation Course In Valencia
  • Deluxe Beauty & Shopping Course In Valencia
  • Personalized Deluxe Course Package.


  • DeLuxe Private Individual / Group Lessons
  • Visits with a private guide, private car
  • Eating at the best restaurants in Valencia
  • 5 star hotel
  • Private transfers from / to airport, school, shopping, beauty events, treatment.

Accommodation, housing and food

Most of the country's educational institutions have old urban campuses without the possibility of living: students rent housing or choose accommodation with host families.

Shared student apartment

  • Individual room
  • Double room

Included: utilities, Internet connection, weekly cleaning of the common area, fresh linens, towels. Meals are self-service.

Additional options:

  • Private bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Larger bedroom or private balcony, double bed.

Host family


  • All utility costs
  • Individual bedroom
  • Internet connection
  • Meals: half board or full board
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas
  • Fresh linens and towels every week.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Additional expenses:

  • Opening a personal file
  • Secretary's expenses
  • Competence tests
  • Specialization in 4 subjects
  • Qualification for admission to Universidad Espanola.

The preparatory courses are held from October to May - until the date of the official tests - and include 3 cycles:

  • The first covers the most important topics, includes 60 hours on the subject
  • The second is a repetition of the past + expansion of the topic, 85 hours.
  • The third - consolidation of the passed + test analysis, 25 hours.

All participants of educational programs receive:

  • Attendance certificate
  • Administrative visa support (if necessary)
  • Course materials.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

List of documents that UNED requires for accreditation:

  1. Copy of DNI, ID card or passport (document with which the request was made).
  2. Copia certificada del curso equivalente a1 de Bachillerato (Primer año de Bac) legalizado - a certified copy of the 1st year certificate.
  3. Copia certificada del curso equivalente a2 de Bachillerato (Segundo año de Bac) legalizado - confirmed copy of the 2nd year certificate.
  4. Copia certificada del extracto de notas del examen de Bacalaureta (Releve des Notes du Baccalaureat) y del Diploma de Baccalaureat legalizados - Confirmed extract of the grades from the certificate for the last two years of study.
  5. Traducción jurada del curso equivalente a1 de Bachillerato (Primer año de Bac) - certified translation of the 1st year certificate
  6. Traducción jurada del curso equivalente a2 de Bachillerato (Segundo año de Bac) - certified translation of the 2nd year certificate
  7. Traducción jurada del extracto de notas del examen de Bacalaureta (Releve des Notes du Baccalaureat) y del Diploma de Baccalaureat - certified translation of an extract from the certificate for the last two years of study.

From February to mid-May, registration for entrance examinations at the university is carried out. Each student prepares an application depending on the exam schedule.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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