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Why study at a medical college in Spain?

Spain might not be your first option when it comes to studying medicine, but for bilingual students looking for cheaper tuition fees and a quicker program, Spain could be a solution.
 
There are currently no medical programs in Spain offered in the English language (although there is one dentistry program), meaning studying in Spain is the preserve of those who can demonstrate fluency in Spanish.
 
However, Spain does offer quality medical colleges that are respected globally. With the right language skills, this might just be the country for your medical program.

What medical programs are offered in Spain?

Medical programs in Spain take six years to complete, with two years of pre-clinical study focusing on basic medical science study in biology, physics and basic anatomy. After completion of this initial training, you’ll move into clinical study in training hospitals under the supervision of established doctors.

On completion of your six year program you can move into a specialist medical area with extra training.

Immigration and visas in Spain

EU students are able to come and study at a medical college in Spain providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
 
  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover
     

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Spain?

Tuition fees in Spain are split between public and private universities. Public universities are much cheaper, with fees ranging from €500-1,500 per year.

Private institutions have a better reputation, and consequently tuition fees are much higher. EU students can expect to pay around €5,000-15,000 per year. Non-EU students may have to pay significantly more.

Working in Spain

Spain’s economy has been heavily affected by the Euro crisis and unemployment among young people in Spain is at 25% in some places, so finding a permanent job post-studies in Spain might be difficult.

The economy has traditionally focused around tourism, the automobile industry and energy. Indeed, tourism is estimated to employ more than 2 million people in Spain. However, as the government looks to business leaders and education leaders to grow the economy, international education will become a more important area.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for to a medical college in Spain, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best medical program for you.