Spain is one of the most visited European countries and a preferred study destination for many students from the EU who wish to taste a bit of its interesting culture. The Kingdom of Spain has a rich history and provides enchanting experiences whether in large cities, the countryside, or the beach.
Universities is Spain are the kind of places where you can enjoy both a good holiday and a great Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme. But is there more to know about Spain? Well, studying in Spain allows you to enrol at some of the best universities worldwide, including famous Spanish business schools, and student life is always entertaining.
In addition, Spain is one of the top options for international students due to its low living costs and tuition fees; within Spanish universities, tuition fees are the same for both EU and non-EU students.
1. University tuition fees in Spain
Tuition costs in public universities are some of 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 degree 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.
Tuition fees in public universities
- Bachelor's degrees: between 750 – 2,100 EUR/year
- Master's and doctoral degrees: between 900 – 3,300 EUR/year
Tuition fees in private universities
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.
Check out more information about tuition fees in Spain.
Most affordable universities in Spain
Check the list of Spanish universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
- 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
Private universities in Spain that you can check out:
- BEBS - Barcelona Executive Business School – tuition fees start at 3,900 EUR/year
- UPF Barcelona School of Management – tuition fees start at 4,000 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
Here is a list of average 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
2. Costs of living in Spain for international students
Average living costs in Spanish cities
Generally, Spain is an affordable country, where international students should not feel the financial pressure.
Living in Spain costs more if you choose Madrid or Barcelona, which claim the titles of the most expensive Spanish cities, where you would need around 1,000 EUR/month for all your monthly expenses. But you can also manage with a tight budget of 800 EUR/month.
On the other hand, in cities like Valencia, Seville or Cadiz, you can enjoy cheaper costs of living, 600 – 900 EUR/month on average.
Student accommodation costs
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 450 and 700 EUR/month. Renting an apartment in Madrid and Barcelona costs around 900 – 1,200 EUR/month.
- Homestay – rates are around 700 – 800 EUR/month, with meals included.
Most students in Spain prefer to share a student dormitory or a flat and settle for lower prices and a high dose of socialisation.
Other costs associated with student 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): 115 EUR/month
- internet: 30 EUR/month
Students in Spain will find plenty of choices from the local cuisine, such as “paella”, “escabeche” or “merienda”. For your monthly groceries, you would normally spend between 300 and 450 EUR. Some of the cheapest supermarkets in Spain are Dia, Bally, Dani and Mercadona.
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs around 10 EUR, while a three-course meal for two at a medium restaurant has an average of 35 EUR.
A regular trip by public transport usually costs 1.5 EUR, and a monthly transport pass is 42 EUR and a little over 54 EUR in large cities.
You can travel within Spain and see its lovely cities with AVE (speed train): average price for a trip are 75 EUR. With the youth travel card, you can get major discounts.
If you prefer private transport over walking, you can also rent a car from a local company.
- Books, supplies and other learning materials: 900 EUR/year
- Special classes with different fees: from 30 EUR to around 200 EUR
- Health insurance: between 70 and 180 EUR/year
3. Funding & student support
If you need support in order to build your future career through education, you have several options in Spain, including loans, scholarship opportunities (some offered by the Spanish government) and various grants.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for international students. The EU provides funds to international students selected to attend Erasmus Mundus Joint programmes, either for Master’s or doctoral degrees. The fund is equally provided to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries.
- African Leadership in Business MBA Scholarships
Scholarships are offered to African citizens who wish to obtain an MBA in Spain.