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Spain has become one of the most demanded destinations to learn Spanish by thousands of international students. No matter your age or level, coming to take a Spanish course in Spain will allow you not only to improve your knowledge of Spanish but also to discover a country that is rich in many aspects.

But what do you need to come and study in Spain? In this article you will find a general guide on how to obtain a student visa for Spain, and you will have to follow several steps to do so.

Read this article in Spanish in this link.

What is a student visa?

A student visa is a type of visa that allows a person to study in a foreign country for a specific period, with conditions established by the laws and regulations of the country. It is usually required for those who wish to pursue academic studies, Spanish courses or other forms of education abroad.

The regulations and processes for obtaining a student visa may vary depending on the country to which you are applying. It is important to research and comply with all specific requirements of the host country before applying for a student visa.

Who should apply for a student visa?

As an international student who wants to visit the country for educational purposes you may be wondering: should I apply for a student visa for Spain? The answer is it depends.

Anyone who is not a citizen of a country of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, and who wishes to study in Spain for a period of more than 90 days, will generally need to apply for a student visa.

This visa will be necessary to carry out your studies in recognized educational institutions in Spain, whether they are universities, language schools or other centers of higher education.

In contrast, if you are a citizen of the European Union, the EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a student visa to stay in Spain during your study period. However, if you are not a citizen of any of these places, you do need to apply for a student visa for Spain.

Apply for your student visa for Spain

It is important to keep in mind that student visa regulations may vary depending on your country of origin and the type of study program you wish to pursue. Therefore, it is advisable to check the specific Spanish student visa requirements at the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country.

In addition, there are two types: short term student visa, for those who wish to study between 91 and 180 days in the country: and long-term student visa, for those who are going to study more than 6 months in Spain.

Choosing the study program

Before applying for a student visa, you must have been accepted into a study program at a recognized educational institution in Spain such as don Quijote Spanish schools.

Gather the necessary documents

Once you have been accepted into the study program, you must gather the required documents for your visa application. These documents may vary depending on your country of origin, but usually include:

  • Valid passport
  • Completed and signed visa application form
  • Admission letter from the educational institution in Spain
  • Proof of financial means to cover your expenses during your stay in Spain.
  • Medical insurance with full coverage in Spain
  • Details of the accommodation or place where you will live in Spain.
  • Medical certificate proving that you do not suffer from diseases that could have a negative impact on the public health of the country, in this case, Spain.

Paying the application fee

You will be required to pay a visa application fee when you submit your application. The amount of this fee may vary depending on the country and type of visa you are applying for.

Make an appointment

Once you have all the necessary documents, you must schedule an appointment at the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country. During this appointment, you will present your documents and be fingerprinted.

Consular interview

In some cases, you may be required to attend a consular interview as part of the visa application process. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your plans to study in Spain and your reasons for studying there.

Waiting for approval

Once you have submitted all documents and completed the interview (if required), you must wait for your student visa application to be processed. The processing time can vary, but usually takes several weeks.

Picking up your student visa

Once your student visa for Spain is approved, you will be able to pick up your passport with the student visa at the Spanish consulate or embassy. Be sure to check the visa to make sure all the information is correct, and the dates are accurate.

These are just a few facts about the Spanish student visa application process, so it is important that you consult the official website of the Spanish consulate or embassy in your country for specific information about application requirements and procedures.

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