Travel & Study in Spain: All You Need to Know!
If you are planning enjoying a great time while studying at University or just improving your Spanish, these are a few tips you can’t miss. Choose between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla.
Madrid: come and study in the Madrid capital!
1 student out of 5 in Erasmus program has chosen Madrid as destination. If you want to study in Madrid or the surrounding area, you can choose between 19 universities, private or public.
Among the public institutions, you have the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid which trains future engineers, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is well known for courses in sociology or journalism, or the Universidad Complutense de Madrid located in Madrid itself which counts the most students and who teaches in many branches.
On the side of private institutions, you have the choice between 12 faculties including the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca located on the campus of Madrid, the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Letters, Communication, Architecture), the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (haute cuisine with the restaurant “le cordon bleu”, languages, international business school).
Barcelona: studies in the city of Gaudi, what do you think?
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a bilingual city par excellence where Catalan and Castilian echo each other. It is located at the seaside, something to dream of many students who can bask in the sun after Spanish Courses. It’s also an architectural jewel thanks to the amazing works of the architect Gaudi.
The choice of studies are numerous and accessible from 16 years. For example, Learning Spanish Barcelona helps you become bilingual. With regard to universities and schools, the city has more than a dozen (non-exhaustive list):
- Polytechnic University of Catalonia
- The Universitat de Barcelona: biology, fine arts, languages, mathematics, etc.
- The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: 50 departments, courses in several languages (including Spanish classes) and participation in the Erasmus program. It also offers scholarships!
- The Higher School of Cinema and Audiovisual of Catalonia
- The Barcelona School of Architecture (with Antonio Gaudi or Ricardo Bofill, that sounds logical!):
- A public institution under the control of the polytechnic school.
- The Superior School of Music of Catalonia
With all that, it’s not hard to find studies in Barcelona! It’s a fascinating path to discover the differences between Spanish and Catalan.
Besides, is it better to go to Barcelona or Madrid?
Study in Valencia, the 3rd most populous city in Spain
Valencia has 80,000 inhabitants and 2,000 years of history. It is a city favored by students looking to study in Spain.
The University of Valencia dates from the 15th century and is divided into 3 campuses. It is a pioneer in the research of rare diseases and has an impressive geological museum that celebrated its 20th anniversary. The University of Valencia has about 8% foreign students. It has already hosted more than 2,000 foreign students through exchange programs.
Otherwise, you have the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, which offers to follow a course in veterinary medicine, general medicine, physiotherapy, dental surgery, or architecture. 800 foreign students have already chosen the first Catholic private university of the Valencian Community.
Languages are an integral part of all courses, it’s up to you to choose between Chinese, Spanish or German. The vision of this establishment is summed up in one word: excellence.
Bonus: The city of Valencia is known for its City of Arts and Sciences which has a futuristic architecture. Not to be missed! Especially since it accounts for no less than 320 days of sunshine a year and only 1:30 of train to arrive in Madrid.
Other important arguments, Valencia has 1700 restaurants, 300 historical monuments, 40 museums and 7 km of beach. So, conquered?
Study in Seville between the Alcazar and America’s Square
Seville is the destination in Andalusia for lovers of heat. While studying in Seville, you can discover the thousand and one wonderfuls of the city, inherited from the Arab period (like the cathedral of Seville or the Torre del Oro to name only these 2 flagship monuments).
The University of Seville, also called La Hispalense, is the most important student community in Andalusia and the second largest after Madrid in Spain.
From Seville, you can make a detour to Marbella, Malaga or even to the end of Europe to Gibraltar.
Side events, try not to miss the holy week which is one of the most important religious festivals in Spain, not to say the n° 1. Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the city breathes with the processions of the 60 brotherhoods and festivities. A kind of Rio Carnival in Seville!