Thanks to a great climate, laid-back lifestyle, and top-ranked universities, Spain remains a popular study destination among international students, especially in the business field.
Let’s find out!
How many English-taught universities are there in Spain?
We don’t know the exact number of Spanish universities that offer degrees taught in English. But don’t worry! Based on the study programmes on our portals, we can tell you that there are:
- over 500 English-taught Bachelors in Spain
- over 750 English-taught Masters in Spain
- over 80 English-taught PhDs in Spain
- over 150 English-taught distance learning (online) courses
As you can see, there’s a vast number of academic degrees waiting to be explored. Here are a few universities we recommend in Spain:
How do I know if a Spanish university teaches in English?
All the study programmes listed on our portals are taught in English, so that’s a good start. You can also check more information about language requirements for each degree.
Spanish universities (or other websites) might list additional English-taught programmes on their web pages.
In that case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if international students are eligible to apply. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.
To apply at English-taught academic institutions in Spain, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
Is English enough to live and study in Spain?
The good news is that English is indeed enough to study at a Spanish university. The bad news is it won’t help you much outside the academic environment. That’s because Spain is among the countries with the lowest numbers of English speakers in Europe.
On the one hand, it’s understandable; Spanish is a popular international language spoken by over 550 million people globally, according to Forbes. So why would the Spanish want to learn English?
On the other hand, this creates a language barrier, both for internationals who visit Spain and Spanish people who go abroad. And while you might be able to get around just with English in more popular tourist locations, forget about it in rural areas or many other parts of Spain.
This is why learning Spanish would be a great idea. And although you can do it while studying there, why not start now? Here are a few free resources to get you started:
The best English-taught universities in Spain
According to the latest QS Rankings, the following are the best universities in Spain that offer English-taught degrees:
- University of Barcelona
- Autonomous University of Madrid
- Autonomous University of Barcelona
- Complutense University of Madrid
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
- University of Navarra
- IE University
- Polytechnic University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTech (UPC)
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)
- Universitat Politècnica de València
Want to know how TopUniversities created this ranking? Learn more about the methodology behind it.
Affordable English-taught universities in Spain
If you’re looking for an affordable degree in Spain, then public universities are your safest bet. They offer reasonably priced study programmes, with tuition fees ranging between 150 and 3,500 EUR per academic year. These usually apply to EU/EEA students.
For non-EU/EEA internationals, it is trickier as they can encounter multiple situations:
- they could pay the same fees as EU/EEA students
- they might pay fees that are higher but within reasonable limits (e.g. 1,000–1,500 EUR higher)
- they could pay tuition that’s two or three times higher
It all depends on the university where you apply, the type of degree, the discipline you want to study, etc. To avoid any confusion, always double-check which tuition costs apply to you.
Learn more about tuition and living costs in Spain.
Application requirements at English-taught universities in Spain
- Previous diplomas: high-school, Bachelor’s, or Master’s
- Academic transcript of records or grades
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Copy of ID or passport
- Up to 4 passport-size photos
- Proof of financial support (if required)
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal essay or statement
- CV and online interview (only at some universities)
As an international student, you’ll likely need to send legalised translations or copies of these documents (either in English or Spanish). So, keep that in mind.
To avoid delays or being rejected, check out our tips on filling a university application form.