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How to Come to Spain as a Student

Are you a student who wants to come and live in Spain but you aren’t too sure how? It can be confusing trying to arrange getting here and knowing what to do while you live here. However, this article might just help you as I let you know the best programs and ways of coming to Spain and making your time here the most enjoyable.


One of the most common and popular ways of studying in Spain is through Erasmus. The programme has been supporting education, training, youth and sport in Europe since 1987. Opportunities to study abroad are available to students at Bachelor and Master levels and Doctoral candidates. Master students taking a full degree abroad (up to two years) may be able to benefit from an EU-guaranteed Erasmus+ Master Loan. The main advantage to Erasmus is the support you receive - both financially, and through help finding study placements and general advice for your time here. An Erasmus study placement is also useful for gaining a study VISA, allowing you to live in the country. A disadvantage might be the hefty paperwork and perhaps a lack of freedom in what you do and for how long you stay in your chosen destination.

ISA Study Program

The ISA Study Program is an independent organisation which helps pair students with their ideal courses abroad. It offers thousands of courses all over the world, with plenty in Spain. It is not as official or recognised as Erasmus, but this also means you may have a bit more freedom in where you choose to go.

European Solidarity Corps

A useful resource for arranging your stay in Spain is the European Solidarity Corps. It provides young people across Europe with information and opportunities around a wide range of topics based on the EU Youth Strategy, including education, employment, participation, culture, social inclusion, health, mobility and volunteering. One of its major strengths is that this content is provided at European and national levels through a partnership between the European Commission and Eurodesk, and is available in up to 27 different languages, covering 33 countries. It also offers funding in the form of grants to organisations through call for proposals.


One of the most obvious ways of finding a study placement is going directly through the universities themselves. There are some good websites for navigating through the different universities and what courses they have to offer, such as , and .

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