3 Undergraduate Degrees in Spain Offered in English

After studying in Murcia for a semester, I was already half-way through my undergraduate degree in the U.S., and this is when I  realized that studying in a European university was affordable.

Back in high school, I asked the college prep advisers for advice on attending a university abroad. They responded  that it was “near impossible” to do and also warned me that it would be too expensive. There was not much encouragement or discourse on studying abroad in another country from my high school, and I think a lot of U.S. students around my age experienced a similar lack of encouragement.

Little did I know, studying in another country would have been much less expensive than studying in the U.S. and it definitely was possible to do.

For those that are interested in completing their undergraduate degree abroad, you should take the leap! Thankfully, more and more U.S. students are deciding to do undergrad in Europe, due to more affordable education choices. (And I hope that means college prep advisers are now encouraging this route)

Also: They are also not only degrees in English literature! There are many subjects you can choose to study; anything from humanities to social sciences to sciences/technology.

If you are interested in studying in Spain, in this post I will be writing about a few universities that offer some of their degrees in English.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Degree in Business Administration and Economics

At UCM, they offer an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics with a group in English.
In Spain, they divide the students studying the same subject into grupos (groups), so courses will not be overpopulated and in certain degrees, to differentiate the course based on what language it is taught in. Degrees that offer a group in English are called grados bilingües (bilingual degrees). One of the groups for Business Administration and English at UCM imparts 100% in English.
UCM is one of the oldest universities in the world, and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain. The university enrolls over 86,000 students, and also has agreements with over 900 universities abroad, which boasts a large international student community.
For more information on this degree, or the other bilingual degrees offered at UCM, refer to this website.

Universidad de Murcia, Degree in Primary (Elementary) Education

One group for the degree in primary education at Universidad de Murcia offers more than 60% of the required courses in English. This would be great option for you if you are looking for the comfort of taking the majority of your classes in English, but also being open to the option to improve your Spanish. This degree also provides you with student teaching opportunities.
UM is the main public university in the city of Murcia, where 38,000 students are enrolled in courses. This makes it the most populated university in the region of Murcia, as well. Each semester, the university welcomes an average of 500 international students. Universidad de Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, and if you are a lover for history, this is the place to be.
The university also offers another bilingual degree in Business Administration and Economics. For more information on these degrees, look at their degrees in English webpage.

Universidad de Navarra, Degree in Journalism

Groups for the journalism degree at Universidad de Navarra offer at least 50% of the required courses in English, as well as an option to study abroad for a semester or a full year in an English-speaking university to gain more practical journalism experience in the English language. A Spanish private university, the costs of attending the Universidad de Navarra will be higher than you see at the public universities; yet, you have the option to use U.S. federal aid to fund your degree.
Universidad de Navarra is located in southeastern Pamplona. It is ranked as the best private university in Spain. There are more than 11,000 students attending at all degree levels, and about 10% of them are fellow international students.
There are plenty of bilingual degree opportunities at Universidad de Navarra, at bachelors and masters levels. Most of the degrees with English options come from the departments of Communications and Business.

There are a couple of the universities in Spain which offer undergraduate degrees fully or partially in English. Did you know that there were so many options to choose from, most importantly from a variety of disciplines?

If you are currently enrolled in a bilingual degree in Spain, I would love to hear more about your program in the comments section below. If you would like to complete your degree in Spain, do share the programs that have interested you.

If you like this post, and want to hear about more degree options fully or partially in English that are available in Spain, let me know in the comments below! I would love to continue making posts informing students of the number degree options available.

 

 

 

Masters Programs in Spain Where You Can Use or Defer Your Federal Student Aid

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.

Why You Should Study Abroad in Spain

I would recommend studying abroad anywhere, as I believe that going abroad gives you a unique set of opportunities that you can not receive staying at home. Yet, here are 7 reasons why you should specifically plan to study abroad in Spain!

  1. Learn a second language.

When living and studying in Spain, you will be introduced to the Spanish language like never before. You will be hearing Spanish everywhere you go, and finally, you will have opportunities to speak the language beyond the classroom. Just think, you will have the chance to hold real conversations in Spanish. It does wonders for building Spanish fluency.

2. Or even, pick up a third language.

You might even be introduced Catalan, Valencian, or Galician (depending where you chose to study.)Studying abroad in an autonomous community with a co-official language will allow you to be exposed to a new language, likely one that you may not have otherwise been able to learn at home.

3. Uncover Spain’s incredible history, just by walking around town.

Spain’s history is long, traveling the way back to pre-historic times. By far the best part about being in Spain, though, is seeing this history come alive right before your eyes. Throughout history, Spain has been influenced by many cultures. Anywhere you go in the country, it is fascinating to see how history comes together, and you can see this by examining the architecture and historic town centers.

4. Expose yourself to the complexity of “Spanish culture.”

A common misconception is that Spain has a singular culture. Everywhere you go in Spain, you will experience another interesting way of life. Expose yourself to every aspect of Spanish culture in the regions they prosper. Go to a flamenco show in Andalusia, experience the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and enjoy a paella in Valencia.

5. Enjoy the delicious food.

No matter where you are, you have to try the “staple foods,” tortilla española and patatas bravas. Arguably the best part about Spanish food, however, is trying the unique dishes of each region. Discover the tastes of each region, such as Galician seafood or Valencian paella.

6. And sip on the best coffee.

Nothing beats café con leche from a local café (alongside a tostada and fresh orange juice) to start your morning.

7. Explore the rest of Europe, and beyond.

Spain puts you in the perfect spot to travel to other countries in Europe, and possibly even beyond. Continue learning more about world by traveling outside of Spain, exposing yourself to new cultures. Traveling is an essential part of studying abroad. And being in Spain, which is not only a great starting point, but can also be quite affordable to do as well.

Lastly, I have a bonus reason. I would say that studying abroad in general, whether you are in Spain or elsewhere, will allow you to become more aware of the world around you. Study abroad gives you the opportunity to travel to a new place, and if you make the most of your time abroad, then you will exposed to a new way of life, language, traditions, and more. In the end, you will have a more expanded worldview, and this is beneficial in our increasingly globalized world.

To be fair, the reasons should go to Spain are endless, yet I had to stop myself at 7 reasons or this would go on forever. To my readers who have been to Spain, what are your 7 reasons one should go to Spain? Feel free to add on in the comments below, I would love to hear your reasons, too!