For U.S. students, federal student loan debt is a real problem. And unfortunately, we have a lot of it.
I did not even truly consider completing my undergraduate degree abroad to avoid massive tuition fees until after nearly completing my degree, since my high school never encouraged completing your degree in another country — and that is the case for a lot of other U.S. students around my age. Fortunately, if you want to continue your education past your undergraduate degree, you can still take advantage of the many affordable options for completing your masters (or beyond) U.S.
In this post, I will be writing about the five universities that all you to use federal student aid and/or allow you to use in-school deferment in Spain. I will also provide basic information about the university, in order for you to see if the university is a good fit for you. If you need any additional information about the masters programs I mentioned in this post, I have tried to put all the programs’ webpages below for you to learn more.
Defer Only Universities
If a university only allows you to do in-school deferment that means that they will not allow you to take out U.S. federal student loans to fund your degree. Though, if you have previously taken out student loans, you do not have to start paying them back while attending university abroad. You receive in-school deferment, as you had during your four years of undergrad.
ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion De Empresas), sponsored by Ramon Llull University, in Sant Cugat, Barcelona
ESADE is a private business school with a full-time and part-time master’s of business administration degree. They also have the multi-national MBA, which allows you to attend several universities throughout the world. Both programs are taught in English, though continuing to learn a language such as Spanish, German, or French is needed. These programs are equally great for those interested in global business. For more information on types of programs available, check out their website at: Programs at ESADE.
UPV (Universitat Politècnica de Valencia), in Valencia
Since this is a polytechnic university, there tends to be a focus on science and technology programs. In terms of master’s degrees, although dominated by these fields, there are also options for those interested in art and business. There are some programs available in English, but the majority are offered in Spanish. For more information on the programs offered: Master’s Programs at UPV.
Universidad Jaume I, in Castelló de la Plana, Valencia
They focus on science and technology programs, but there seems to be an extensive amount of programs in humanities and social sciences as well. They are a strong research university. Most courses appear to be in Spanish, though some are offered in English. For more information on the available programs, take a look at Master’s Programs at UJ1.
Financial Aid Eligible Universities
In this category, you are eligible to take out U.S. federal student loans to fund your education. You also receive in-school deferment, so you do not have to worry about paying back loans while completing your degree.
IESE Business School, of Universidad de Navarra, in Barcelona and Madrid
IESE specifically offers post-graduate degrees relating to business. If you are interested in global business, their masters programs have often ranked among the top 10 in the world. They have campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, as well as other campuses for study abroad opportunities throughout the world. The programs are in English. You can find out more about the programs they offer at IESE Business School.
Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona
“A private university with an international focus” is how the Universidad de Navarra describes themselves. At the Pamplona campus, there are many departments (called “faculties” in Spain) offering masters degrees, which makes finding a masters program perfect for you. A few programs offered in English, though the majority are in Spanish. For more information on the masters degrees offered, check out Master’s Programs at UN.
Although there are limited universities in Spain that are eligible for financial aid or in-school deferment, there are plenty of degree options available, in both English and Spanish and in many departments. There are options for everyone.
If you are interested in (or currently) studying a master’s degree in Spain, please let me know in the comments below. I would really love to hear your stories and experiences.