Information about applying for exchange programs in Spanish universities, how to transfer credits, taking the selectividad exams and the best places to do an exchange program in Spain.
If your university of choice in Spain does not have an existing relationship with your home university there are a couple of options available in order to still be able to attend that particular school.
If you’re looking to shake things up or for a change of scenery from university life, there’s no better place to go than Spain. University exchange programs in Spain are becoming increasingly popular with a wide variety of both Spanish and private international schools from which to choose. There’s no better way to learn about another country, its customs and way of life, than by experiencing it firsthand. Spain is the third most visited country in the world thus providing for one of the most exceptional places to study and, of course, learn a bit of Español. For first time exchange students it can be difficult to pick a region for your exchange program in Spain.
Some of the top exchange locations to consider in Spain include:
To be considered for application to a Spanish University, foreign students - like Spanish students - must take the ‘Selectividad’ exams. These exams are normally taken after high school by all Spanish students wanting to attend university. A good way to study for this test is to find a school that helps prepare international students. There are several universities, for example, Colegio Delibes in Salamanca, that offer specific courses for students to help them prep for the exams. Another good way to prepare is to contact the exchange university in Spain and ask them if they have any courses geared towards helping international students study for the exams. The Selectividad exams are held twice a year in June and in September.
Depending on the Spanish exchange program there are often mandatory core classes in Spanish universities that all students must take: Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Foreign Language, Philosophy, and Physical Education. Additionally, students must choose one optional area from within four groups: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, or Technology. However which core classes and optional classes are taken ultimately depend on the program of choice and the degree of the exchange program.
Time To Apply!
Once it’s been decided to do an exchange program in Spain there are several things you can do to ensure a smooth and effective application process. There is often a lot of paper work associated with applying to an exchange program in Spain, so the sooner you get started the better.
Before leaving the Spanish exchange program it’s a good idea to ask for a copy of your credits (transcript) for the semester or year spent in Spain. This saves time as opposed to having the Spanish university mail the transcript to your school.
If you are open to doing an exchange in any part of the country and at any university in Spain, here are some great Spanish universities to consider with both international and local students:
Credit Transfer Upon Returning from a Spanish Exchange Program: Before leaving the Spanish exchange program it’s a good idea to ask for a copy of your credits (transcript) for the semester or year spent in Spain. This saves time as opposed to having the Spanish university mail the transcript to your school. If it’s not ready however ask them to mail it as soon as they can. Once back in your home country, follow this brief checklist of things to do to ensure credits are transferred properly: (Note: It is very important to make sure that courses and credit equivalencies are checked with the appropriate professors and with the dean prior to the exchange program in Spain to ensure that courses taken during the exchange will be counted and accepted)
This process of course varies depending on the specific university, however it is a general idea of how to transfer credits toward one’s degree after completing an exchange program in Spain. For more information on exchange programs in Spain with Secondary Schools check out: www.spainexchange.com
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