Cost of Studying in Spain

If you are planning to study abroad then making a decision to study in Spain can be an equitable decision for you. Speaking of studying in Spain, one should know that Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the world. Most cities in Spain have a very low cost of living as compared to its other neighboring countries. Because of its interesting lifestyle, culture and high ranking universities Spain is a prominent destination to study for International students. There are 76 universities in Spain; the cost of studying in Spain would directly depend upon the public or private status and location. Cost of studying in Spain will be higher in the cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Bilbao.


Tuition Fees

While studying in Spain the cost of tuition fees will depend on the course you choose, your University’s location, and your credit count. Tuition fees of universities in Spain would be cheaper than the universities of the neighboring countries. Tuition fees of public universities would be less than the tuition fees of private universities.

The cost of studying in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Bilbao in Spain will be much higher than the cost of studying in other cities of Spain.


Approximate Annual Tuition Fee

Program Approximate Costs (per semester, in USD)
Undergraduate degree in Spain (Public University) 680€ to 1280€
Undergraduate degree in Spain (Private University) 5,500€ and 18,000€
Post Graduate degree in Spain 16€ to 45€
MBA degree in Spain (Public University) 960€ to 1800€
MBA degree in Spain (Private University) 10000€ to 20000€
PhD degree in Spain 16€ – 55€



Ample scholarships are provided to International students studying in Spain pursuing masters and postgraduate degrees. The Government of Spain free-heartedly supports students pursuing doctoral research. These scholarships reduce the overall cost of studying abroad in Spain. International students get different types of scholarships depending upon their region, merits, and their annual alumni. Scholarships are offered by the Spanish Government, Spanish studies organizations, and AIFA (stands for American Institute for foreign study). These scholarships would make the cost of living in Spain for Indian students as well as any other foreign students much affordable and cost-effective.

Some of the popular scholarships include,

The American Institute for Foreign Study

This organization provides partial scholarships to students belonging to all diversities, backgrounds, and low-income categories.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided to all International students pursuing Doctorate programs.

African Leadership in Business MBA Scholarships

This scholarship is offered to the qualified residents of Africa who are wishing to pursue MBA through one of the partner universities.

Spanish Government Scholarships for International Students

Under this scholarship, Spain is inviting applications from international students to provide them with an opportunity for free in the top-ranked universities.


Generally, Spanish universities provide accommodation to their students. Accommodation can be student apartments or student residence halls. In student apartments, families provide breakfast and dinner for the students. On the other hand, meals at subsidized prices are provided to the students accommodated in residence halls. The cost of the accommodation will solely depend on the place you have picked. Accommodation in Barcelona and Madrid is costly in comparison with other places.

Approximate cost of accommodation for international students

Types Approximate Costs
Exclusive residence for students Range from 350 to 650 EUR per month
Rent an apartment Range from 500 to 800 EUR per month
Home Stays Ranges approx. 600 EUR per month (including meals provided)


Cost of Living in Spain

International students studying abroad should always take care of their budget in order to prevent themselves from overspending. They should try to cut down as many expenses as possible. Generally, the cost of living in Spain is between 6000 EUR to 12,000EUR.

The cost of studying in Spain would depend on the city you choose. The cost of living in Barcelona and Madrid can be around 1300EUR per month whereas the cost of living in other cities of Spain can be around 850EUR per month.

Types Approximate Costs
Cost of Food 200EUR to 300EUR per month
Transportation Cost 60EUR per month
Miscellaneous Cost 200EUR per month


Health Support and Insurance

While pursuing any degree it is mandatory for every international student to have health insurance. Non-EU students have to submit insurance that should be accepted by the Spanish Government before arriving in Spain. Your medical insurance in Spain can differ depending on your country of origin but it is mandatory to have a proper health insurance cover that should be accepted by the Spanish government before starting your academics in Spanish universities.


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