Student Visas for Spain
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Information about student visas in Spain: the different types, the requirements, and how to obtain one. Also, the rules about working on a student visa.
In order to study in Spain for more than three months, all non-European Union citizens first need to apply for a student visa. The visa you apply for should match the length of your study program. You might be happy to know that a student visa also grants a limited right to work in Spain.
You should note that if you plan to travel in Spain after your studies have finished, you must do so before the time on your student visa runs out!
Student Visas in Spain for Up to 90 Days
You don’t need to apply for a visa at all if:
- Your program of study and your stay in Spain will total less than 90 days.
- You aren’t normally required to apply for a Schengen visa for a brief tourist stay in Spain.
Student Visas in Spain for Up to 180 Days
Plan to apply for your student visa between two and four months before the start date of your study program. You need to do this in person at the Spanish embassy or consulate nearest to where you live.
You should note that this type of student visa, unlike the student visa for more than 180 days, cannot be renewed (renovado) or extended (prorrogado) and you are required to leave the country before your visa expires.
Once at the Spanish embassy or consulate, you will be required to submit:
- Two completed and signed Schengen application forms (which you can download here in English and Spanish).
- Two recent, passport-sized color photographs.
- Your original, physical passport or travel document. You must have at least one blank page in it and it should be valid for longer than the visa you are applying for.
- Your driver’s license, student ID, or other ID as directed by the Spanish embassy.
- Acceptance letter as a full-time student; the letter must contain the name of the university or school, as well as their address and registration number with the Spanish Department of Education (Ministerio de Educación), confirmation that you have paid the tuition or school fees, the length of the program, what you will be studying, and the number of class hours per week.
- Proof of your available financial resources in one of four ways: a letter from your university assuming financial responsibility for you, a letter from your parents assuming financial responsibility for you, your personal bank statements showing at least €550 per month for the length your stay, or proof of financial aid showing at least €550 per month for the length your stay.
- Proof of public or private health insurance that will cover you in Spain.
- Payment to cover the current visa processing fee.
- Self-addressed, pre-paid envelope to receive your passport back.
You will need to submit the original documents as well as one photocopy of each document. In addition, I recommend you make extra photocopies both for the embassy to have and to keep as a record for yourself.
Please note that additional documents may be required depending on your nationality, where you’re applying from, and if the applicant is a minor. Check with your nearest Spanish embassy or consulate for the latest requirements.