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WHY STUDYING IN SPAIN?
Although Spain has developed a dynamic educational system with international recognition, students studying in Spain do not have to look to other countries to discover why international students receive a rich educational and cultural experience. Spain’s universities and fields of studies can speak for themselves. Why studying in Spain when there are other countries in the world that can offer education and culture to an international student? Spain has programs and systems in place that can help you excel not only in Spain, but in other countries as well.
1- Educational opportunities of the highest standards and a multicultural population
Varied educational opportunities of the highest standards
Spain’s education system offers a wide range of college and university studies at all levels, as well as internationally reknown business studies at prestigious scehools, and the best opportunities for the studying of Spanish as a foreign language, with a great variety of courses to choose from. The educational system is well organized and brimming with opportunities for personal growth and academic achievement for international students.
The higher education system has undergone significant changes and extraordinary growth over the past 25 years, which allowed Spain to dramatically increase the number of university places available. In addition to progress in many other areas, this facilitated university access to thousands of young people through the creation of numerous new and well-equipped universities.
The past two decades have also witnessed the founding of a large number of private universities and business schools that have rapidly become internationally recognized centers of excellence.
The reformed education system has not only facilitated an increased number of college and university students, both Spanish and foreign, but also the availability of better resources in the universities has been responsible for an unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of academic, scientific and technological research.
The Spanish university system gives students the freedom to decide what type of education they want. The wide range of study options caters for the diverse academic aims of students, while at the same time satisfying the varied interests, abilities and attitudes they may have.
A multicultural student population
Spain is now the third most popular destination for international university students from Europe and the American continent, after England. Almost 36% of foreign students come from the American continent and, of these, 31% are Latin American.
As a result, Spain has developed a diverse, multicultural student population which, over time, has made the Spanish education system one of the most attractive in Europe, thanks to its cultural diversity.
2- A universal language and a richly diverse culture
A universal language
Spanish is the mother tongue of nearly 400 million people around the world and is the official language of 20 countries. In addition to Spain, Spanish is the official language of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It is also widely spoken in other countries including Canada, Morocco, the Philippines and the United States, as well as Brazil, where it is the second official language.
Sharing a common language has, without doubt, made Spain a particularly attractive destination for Latin American and Hispanic and Spanish-speaking students from the United States, who clearly understand the benefits of studying within a competitive education system that offers the highest standards of quality, without the need to invest time in learning a new language.
Spain is also one of the most popular destinations for learning Spanish as a foreign language, particularly in the case of English speakers from the United States and Asia who want to learn Spanish, and students from other European Union countries.
Varied cultural influences
Many of Spain’s cities, and even little-known enclaves well off the beaten track, are home to monuments of great historic and architectural interest, not to mention the extraordinary landscapes to be found throughout the Iberian peninsula.
There are few societies like Spain’s that can boast a culture so down to earth and in touch with reality while at the same time remaining deeply rooted in popular tradition, even after experiencing a revitalization and modernization without precedent in Europe. The great names in Spanish art have been bold and innovative in their fields: Goya, Velazquez, Picasso in painting; Cervantes, Quevedo, Galdós in literature; Falla, Albéniz, Turina in music; Buñuel, Almodóvar, Amenabar in cinema, etc.
Spain’s unique culture is, however, the product of a heritage enriched by the many external influences to which it has been subjected over the course of its long history. The geographic location of the Iberian Peninsula makes it a natural bridge between the cultures of the north and south of Europe, America, Africa and the East. The vicissitudes of history have made it a meeting point for many different cultures, creating a rich and diverse cultural legacy in which an intense past is evident.
3- An attractive lifestyle: a mild climate and a healthy diet
An attractive lifestyle: a mild climate and a healthy diet
Spain experiences all four seasons and has a generally temperate climate. Its location makes it is one of the warmest countries in Europe and generally in winter temperatures are mild.
Even in winter when temperatures are low, Madrid generally enjoys cloudless blue skies and glorious sunshine. Temperatures can reach 15ºC (59ºF) at midday during the winter months.
Average temperatures in Madrid are: 25ºC (77ºF) – 36ºC (96.8ºF) in summer, 13ºC (55.4ºF) – 25ºC (77ºF) in autumn, 9ºC (48.2ºF) – 15ºC (59ºF) in winter and 19ºC (66.2ºF) – 27ºC (80.6ºF) in spring.
The landscape is extraordinarily varied, ranging from desert-like areas to lush, green pastures, where mountains, valleys, rivers and beaches produce a wide variety of microclimates, which also contributes to its extraordinary beauty.
Spain’s main crops are typical of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. These have always included cereals, olives and grapes, which are the mainstay of the Mediterranean cuisine and diet.
The Mediterranean diet is recognized throughout the world as one of the most tasty, healthy and balanced diet that exists. Following years of research, nutritionists have concluded that this simple diet is very beneficial. Its merits derive from the emphasis placed on cereals, fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, and a reduced intake of dairy products and meat. There is even evidence to suggest that red wine taken in moderation can reduce the risk of heart disease.
4- A competitive cost of living and of studying
A competitive cost of living and studying
In terms of basic articles (such as food, toiletries, etc…), Spain is one of the cheapest countries. If the average price in Europe is 100, the cost in Spain is 88.
Spain is also among the European countries with the lowest price variation. The difference in price for the same food or toiletry product between the most expensive and the cheapest retail outlet is 19%. In Norway, however, the difference can be as high as 57%, in Sweden 47% and in Italy and Portugal up to 41%.
For a university student, the comparative advantage of studying in Spain is considerable in financial terms, as can be seen in the table below. The average cost of tuition fees charged by universities in the United States (30,000 dollars) would cover the entire cost of living in Spain for a year (a university residence in Madrid, including accommodation and meals, costs less than 800 euros per month, and average tuition fees in a private university are around 6,000 euros).
|University/ Institution/ Degree
||Cost of Living
|INSEAD/ París/ MBA
|London School of Economics/ London / Master of Laws
|Universidad Carlos III / Madrid/ Master in European Law
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