Spanish education system
Currently, the education system in Spain consists of four main levels:
- preschool education – Educación Infantil
- primary education – Educación Primaria
- secondary education:
- compulsory secondary education – Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
- upper secondary education – Bachillerato
- higher education – Educación superior
There is also a two-stage vocational education (Ciclos Formativos) that consists of Ciclos Formativos de Grado Medio and Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior and can be taken instead of Bachillerato after compulsory secondary education or equal education. Students who passed Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior obtain access to the university system, as well as students who have passed Bachillerato. In addition to the four main levels, the education system in Spain includes adult education (evening schools - Escuela de Adultos), as well as specialized language, art or professional education.
The main advantages of studying in universities in Spain:
- despite the fact that most universities teach in Spanish, there are also institutions in the country that offer English education;
- almost all local universities offer intensive language classes for foreign students;
- any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible for scholarships and grants under public or private programs;
- upon graduation from university, after receiving a job offer at any of the enterprises in the country, foreigners can apply for a residence permit;
- diplomas from leading Spanish universities are demanded in most countries of the world.
Cost of higher education in Spain
The education system in Spain involves paid education in higher educational institutions. Fees range from 2500 to 5000 euros per year. Studying at a private university in Spain costs between 3,000 and 10,000 euros per year. In Spain, there is a developed system of scholarships and grants, as well as international exchange programs. Excellent students can not only cover the entire cost of training through scholarships, but also take exchange courses at leading universities around the world.