1. Grants and scholarships
Students without scholarships have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities in Spain. The tuition fees vary depending on the university and course you take and the amount of credits the course is worth.
Spain seems like a popular destination for International students from America. There were a few scholarships for foreigners given in 2011.
Foreign language assistants in Spain – Must have a functional knowledge of Spanish (http://www.studyineurope.eu/study-in-spain/scholarships-and-grants).
- Grants for North American language and culture assistants in Spain (http://www.educacion.gob.es/exterior/centros/losangeles/es/cursos/20091223-Language-Culture-Assistants-in-Spain-Manual.pdf). You must be a Canadian or American citizen and be fluent in English or French.
- MBA international, Masters in International Management, Masters in Journalism- Must be a US citizen, possess a higher education degree and have two years experience and be able to speak Spanish (http://www.studyineurope.eu/study-in-spain/scholarships-and-grants).
- MAEC-AECID Grants: These grants support training, usually at the graduate level, for young international students. They are funded and administrated by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affiars and Cooperation (http://www.aecid.es/en/convocatorias/becas/ ).
2. Helpful websites for studying or working
3. General application deadlines
- Although application deadlines may vary depending on the institution, there are usually 3 intakes for studies at Spanish universities and colleges.
- First week of June: for studies beginning in the fall semester (October)
- First week of September: Late applications for studies beginning in the fall semester
- First week of December: For studies beginning in the spring semester. (February)
4. Student visa process and deadlines
- You will need to apply for a students visa at the nearest Spanish consular office in your home country or country of residence. If you intend to stay in Spain for more than 90 days. If you intend to stay for more than 180 days, you must apply for a residence permit within 72 hours of your arrival at the Foreign Office or police station. There is a 15 euro application fee for the residence permit.You may submit your visa application up to 3 months before your intended departure date to Spain. Be advised that it may take up to 2 months to process your visa, so it is recommended to submit your application as soon as possible within the 3-month rule.
- Beginning in 2011, all applicants for student visas who intend to study in Spain for more than 180 days will be required to submit an FBI Background Check as a part of their visa application. There are two ways to go about doing this. You can go down to your local police station and get your fingerprints taken. There is usually a minimal charge for this. Then you can send them directly to the FBI. They will mail you back the results. This costs $18, but they are slow in processing. Results can take up to 2 months. If you need faster results you can use a FBI-approved service that will expedite the process for you. These services cost approximately $50 (including the FBI fee) and take about a week. You can find all the information you need on the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-check