Traveling to study in Spain is an adventure of a lifetime; whatever school you choose, you will live close to beautiful landscapes and experience nature at its prime. The inspiration and romantic charm all around the country will inspire and motivate you, challenging your perspective on life.
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1. Living in Spain
Accommodation options in Spain vary depending on the length of your stay and financial ability. Options on a budget include:
- Homestay - You live with a Spanish family and enjoy home cooked meals on a regular basis (Savings Alert!). You also get an opportunity to experience their culture and speak Spanish away from school.
- Dorm housing - you get to live within or close to the school and with fellow students. It is also more affordable and close to the school cafeteria where you can dine on a budget.
- Studio Apartments – They are fully equipped with bedroom furnishing, a kitchenette, cable TV and a telephone, and are payable on a weekly or monthly basis. They are especially convenient on arrival as this option will give you the opportunity to learn the country, while settling in fully.
- Roommates- roommates help reduce housing costs, and you get to make friends quickly on arrival
Your location will affect the amount you pay for housing. Note that your accommodation bill will not include telephone services and utilities; remember to factor them in when making your housing budget.
2. Getting a Job
Spanish employers prefer employing Spaniards, who are often well trained and highly experienced, making it hard for international students to get jobs in the country. However, students can get an entry-level position or work in a field that requires little experience.
EU students looking to work in Spain must obtain a DNI Extranjero and register at the Social Security Office with their passports. Students from the rest of the world will need a residence visa (if they plan on staying in Spain for more than 90 days) and a work permit from the Spanish Consulate in their home country. Obtaining these documents may take a while so submit your application as early as possible.
Additionally, in most cases, you must speak Spanish fluently to secure a job in Spain.
3. Health Care
The European Health Card (EHC) gives you access to Spain’s public medical facilities. In case you need medical assistance, the EHC allows you access to free or subsidized medical services and caters to 60 percent of your prescriptions. The card serves you for your entire stay catering to new and existing conditions. You can apply for the card online at no cost.
4. Have Fun
Outside class, Spain has so much to offer: the food, architecture, diverse culture and the music will leave you wanting more. Despite the country’s vastness, you can get flights at a discount or travel by train. Visit its museums, historical architectural landmarks or join in the festivals for the ultimate Spanish experience. You also have a lot of romantic spots to visit with your college sweetheart.
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If you are looking for the best of both worlds, Spain is your ultimate destination. You get a world-class education with an opportunity to experience the best entertainment, locations and fun activities in the world.