Once your acceptance letter for your studies in Spain, research or academic activities as a non-EU citizen arrives, it's time to take care of the top item on your relocation checklist: your student visa in Spain.
There are three different types of student visas in Spain:
As the student visa implies that you’re enrolled in a study programme, its validity depends on the duration of your studies.
Keep reading to find out the requirements, application procedures and costs for each type of student visa!
International students from the EU/EEA/Schengen areas enjoy one benefit: they don’t have to go through the complicated visa application process. All they need is just a residence card by registering with the local authorities.
All non-EU/EEA/Schengen students must meet a list of requirements, varying by the type of visa they’re applying for.
If you’re not from the EU/EEA/Schengen and want to take a course or work on academic research in Spain, you must apply for the Schengen visa.
The document allows you to spend up to 90 days in the country within a 180-day timeframe. Besides that, you’re also permitted to freely travel between the 26 Schengen countries. This type of visa doesn’t give you the right to apply for a residence card.
Make sure to keep count of the days you spend in the country as you’d face legal consequences if you exceed the period listed on your visa.
This type of visa typically can’t be extended. Instead, you’d have to return to your home country and apply for a long-stay study visa.
You have to submit the following documents for the Schengen Student Visa:
The costs for the Schengen student visa vary based on your country of origin. You can expect it to be ~€ 80.
Submit your application as early as 3 months or as late as 15 days before your trip to Spain. Apply no later than 4 weeks before your intended travel date to make sure the embassy has time to process your request.
The Schengen Student Visa doesn’t give you the right to work on the territory of Spain during the period of your stay.
With a short term student visa, you can pursue your studies in Spain for up to 180 days.
Similarly to the Schengen visa, the Short term student visa doesn’t give you the right to apply for a Spanish residence card.
Be ready to pay ~€ 60 for your visa application form. Although your visa application can be processed within 15 days, the process may take up to 3 months. File your application 2-3 months before your intended travel date.
Since the short-term student visa doesn't give you the right to apply for a residence permit, you can’t legally work in Spain during the period of your stay.
As the name suggests, this type of visa grants you the right to study in Spain for periods longer than 6 months.
Unlike the other two student visa options, with the long term student visa you have to apply for a TIE card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjaro) within 30 days of your arrival in Spain.
These are the requirements you have to fulfil for your long-term visa:
Proof of sufficient funds is done through providing 1 of the following documents:
The application process varies depending on your country of origin. Check with your local Spanish consulate office before starting your preparation.
The general application process is as follows:
Unlike the other two types of student visas, with the long term student visa you receive a residence permit. In other words: you can work up to 20 hours per week.
Also referred to as a foreigner identity card (TIE), you must apply for it within a month of your arrival in the country. You file the application for this document at your local Foreigners Office (Oficina de Extranjeros).
Present the following document to apply:
As with everything, the procedure for acquiring a student visa varies based on your country of origin. Always double-check the student visa requirements on the website of Spain’s ministry of foreign affairs.