The country Spain, is one of the European countries that offers quality education. International students who wish to pursue either an undergraduate, postgraduate or postdoctoral degrees can do so without breaking the bank.
Within the Spanish universities, tuition fees are the same for both EU and non-EU students. There are more than 70 universities to choose from in the country.
Tuition fees of public universities and private universities aren’t the same. It’s important international students check what it entails to study in either a private or public university in Spain.
Course fees in public universities can be judged amongst the lowest in Europe and they are set by the Spanish government authorities for each area.
Tuition fees are calculated on the pay-per-credit format and this is the reason why the amount could change if you withdraw and enrol the second or third time in the same programme. Mainly, to calculate the annual tuition fee, you would have to multiply the number of credits with 60 – the number of credits (ECTS) each student is required to complete during one year of study, based on the Bologna university system.
Public universities in Spain may cost between 680€ and 1,280€ each academic year for a bachelor’s degree, while private universities may cost between 5,335€ and 15,000€ per academic year. This cost will depend on the degree and university. Living in Spain would cost approximately on average between 900€ and 1100€ a month but will depend on the city and your standard of living.
For Master’s or Doctoral degrees, university fees at public institutions are also government regulated, and vary between 22 and 36 Euros per credit.
Private universities have higher tuition fees, but usually not exceeding 18,000 EUR/year for any degree programme. However, business schools may sometimes charge tuition over 20,000 EUR/year.
Lists Of Most affordable Universities in Spain
- University of Jaen – the average tuition is 1,000 EUR/year
- Open University of Catalonia – the average tuition is 1,500 EUR/year
- University of Lleida – the average tuition is 1,800 EUR/year
- University of Valencia – the average tuition is 2,760 EUR/year
Tuition Fees At The Top Ranked Spanish Universities:
- Autonomous University of Madrid – average tuition is between 2,000 and 3,000 EUR/year.
- University of Barcelona – average tuition is 2,900 EUR/year.
- Pompeu Fabra University – tuition ranges between 3,000 and 4,000 EUR/year.
- Autonomous University of Barcelona – average tuition fees are 3,500 EUR/year.
Student living costs in Spain
Spain can be considered an affordable country, where international students should not feel the financial pressure.
- Madrid and Barcelona claim the titles of the most expensive Spanish cities, where you would need around 1,300 EUR/month for all your monthly expenses.
- On the other hand, in cities like Valencia, Seville or Cadiz, you can enjoy cheaper living costs, 800 – 850 EUR/month on average.
Student accommodation costs
Types of Housing:
The type of housing depends entirely on the location you choose to stay. With the location the cost of living also varies. These are the housing types a student will have to choose from.
Foreign students wishing to attend college in Spain can choose to stay with a host family. Many host family opportunities are available for students throughout Spain.
Many of the colleges and universities in Spain offer dormitories and student housing on campus. Student housing varies according to the exact school you will be attending, but is something to look into. The benefits of dorm housing include the ability to meet other students attending college, the ability to live much more affordably and the fact that you are always nearby the school.
The main housing options for students in Spain are:
- Student residence – prices range from 360 to 650 EUR/month.
- Rent an apartment – prices for rent are between 650 and 880 EUR/month. Renting an apartment in Madrid and Barcelona costs around 860 – 1,350 EUR/month.
- Home stay – rates are around 700 – 800 EUR/month, with meals included.
Other costs associated with accommodation
Renting a private apartment or studio does not necessarily mean that its monthly cost covers all expenses. You would have to add extra expenses to the rent price, such as:
- basic utilities (electricity, water, heating, garbage): 120 EUR/month
- internet: 35 EUR/month