Studying in Spain is a good option for many individuals. If you are considering going abroad to complete a degree, then let me tell you a few reasons why studying in Spain could be right for you.
We have all probably heard about how affordable college is many European countries. Although studying in Spain is not free, the cost to attend university is no more than 2,000 euros a year, if you are attending a public institution. For private universities, the costs can vary, but even then, they can still be affordable options.
You do have to worry about the costs of other items while studying abroad, such as the overall cost of living, but it is still very affordable! Excluding the larger cities in Spain (like Barcelona and Madrid), rent would most likely be a lot cheaper than you are used to. It can also be very cost-effective to buy groceries in Spain, especially if you are buying more organic foods than pre-packaged foods.
Often times, it is more affordable to study and live in Spain, then simply paying your tuition at an American university.
Also, for Americans, while holding a student visa, you are able to work up to 20 hours a week while living in Spain. Getting a job could help cover any costs that may arise.
2. Options to Study in English
If you do not speak Spanish, you are not out of luck for being able to complete a degree in Spain. Even if you do speak Spanish, and want to complete the majority of your course in English, that is an option too.
There are some undergraduate offerings available to complete a degree in only English, or at least, primarily in English.
3. Learning Spanish
But remember, if you are not completing a degree that is taught in English, you will have the opportunity to learn Spanish (or even, the chance to learn Galician, Catalan, or Basque languages!)
By living in an environment where you are constantly exposed to another language, you will learn it rather quickly. This will allow you to become fluent, or very close to fluent, in another language by the time you complete your undergraduate degree.
4. Unique Experience
Studying in Spain would be an unique experience. You could not compare it to what you would receive from an American degree.
You will have the chance to make friends and networking connections from all over the world. You make a home away from home in a new country. You have a cool tidbit to add to your resume. How awesome would it be to explain to a potential employer that you completed your degree in Spain?
Plus, the experience causes you to be much more independent. You will have the opportunity to be living alone for the first time, but in a whole new country. This really forces you to be much more independent, because your family cannot quickly come over to help everything that goes wrong. It helps you learn to solve problems independently, which is a great trait to have!
5. Permanent Residency
After living in Spain on a student visa for 3 years (and doing the same course of study), you will have the opportunity to extend your student visa to being able to reside and work full-time in Spain.
If you see a future in Spain, then you should totally jump on the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in the county.
Hopefully, you are a bit more convinced to complete your degree in Spain. Can you think of any more reasons to obtain your undergraduate degree in Spain? I would love to hear some of your reasons in the comments section below.