Study abroad semester in Spain

Spain has an impressive history. It is not just a European country occupying a good portion of the Iberian Peninsula. The fact that Spanish language is spoken worldwide gives some hints about the international past of the nation. Spanish people influenced heavily South America, so much that they exported their genes and their religion. But let’s focus on Spain, one of the two most attractive countries in the world for tourists along with Italy, according to a famous survey.

Spain offers a warm Mediterranean climate, good food and a vibrant social life. Day life is quite different from what you would expect from a European country because of the wrong time zone that Spain has. In the 40s Francisco Franco, in solidarity with Adolf Hitler, adopted the Central European Time zone, which is not the right one due to the western location of the country. Hence, be prepared to 10pm sunsets and late dinners. In Denmark it could happen to dine at 6pm, in Spain even at midnight!

That is great, however, if you love nightlife. Tourism to Spain is boosted because of this peculiarity. You could really live the night without worrying too much about the next morning, because activities start late. Having said that, Catholicism is quite popular in Spain, along with football, which is by far the most followed sport.

What are the best universities in Spain for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Spain might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 16 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Spain. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the Spanish institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona 287 152 301-400 393 834 3 180 257
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona - Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies 287 152 301-400 393 834 3 180 257
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Master level) 311 801–1000 901-1000 807 748 4 756 460
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Undergraduate level) 311 801–1000 901-1000 807 748 4 756 460
Autonomous University of Madrid 200 301–350 301-400 280 322 - 188 213
Universitat de Barcelona 183 198 151-200 133 170 2 90 93
IE University (Undergraduate level) 327 - - 1756 - 5 - -
Universidad de Granada 501-510 601–800 201-300 333 278 - 295 173
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 451 801–1000 501-600 534 425 - - 270
University of Deusto - Bilbao Campus - 601–800 - - - 4 - -
University of Deusto - San Sebastian Campus - 601–800 - - - 4 - -
Universidad Pontificia Comillas - Faculty of Law 651-700 - - 1540 - 3 - -
HTSI - School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (Undergraduate level) - - - - - - - -
Universidad de Alicante (EU students) 801-1000 1001+ 601-700 842 697 - 994 501
Universidad de Alicante (non-EU students) 801-1000 1001+ 601-700 842 697 - 994 501
Universidad de Malaga - 1001+ 701-800 670 639 - 864 401
Universidad Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - 801–1000 801-900 1141 1052 - 1167 804
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos 1001+ 1001+ 901-1000 975 1001 - 1089 742
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Education, Dentistry, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing) - 601–800 - - - - - -
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Humanities, Business Administration and Management, Law, Communication Sciences, School of Architecture) - 601–800 - - - - - -
University of Oviedo 801-1000 801–1000 401-500 483 517 - 543 435

Spanish universities enjoy favorable mentions among the world’s most renown universities rankings. Excluding HTSI – School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi, which could be considered a niche institution, all the other ones are mentioned in at least one of the rankings chosen by wearefreemovers. There seem to be no outliers, with every member of the list having a nice level of international recognition. For sure you have an ample choice, and Spain is a great country too!

Costs and fees of studying in Spain

Spain is a medium expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 600€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Spain is not that expensive, with a median 3250€/semester for free mover students.

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