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Study in Barcelona and live it

Here you will find a useful guide to Barcelona as a university destination and you will discover how Academia Guiu can help you access the Spanish university and feel at home in Barcelona.
Do you want to access university in Spain?
At the academy we have specific courses to help foreign students or students with an international baccalaureate to prepare for the Spanish EBAU.
If you have completed the baccalaureate abroad And want to prepare for the entry exams to the Spanish university, at Academia Guiu we will help you.
if you have completed the baccalaureate abroad and you have doubts about the admission process of international students via high school, here you have more information.

Reasons to study in Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona is an international, cosmopolitan, Mediterranean city, very safe, familiar and welcoming, in which 1,600,000 people live and where 7 million tourists visit each year. The International Airport is the one with the highest air traffic in southern Europe, and has direct flights to most cities.

In Spain you will learn a universal language and you will imbibe a rich and diverse culture in which you will feel very welcome as it is an open country with a multicultural society that offers a high quality of life and great public and private university education opportunities at very competitive costs.

Enjoy the lifestyle, mild climate, healthy and worldwide recognized diet. Discover multiple leisure options and a rich cultural offer, theaters, museums, exhibitions, fairs and endless activities. Barcelona has an extensive network of metropolitan bus, metro, train and rail transport, as well as bicycles, electric motorcycles and sporadic cars.

safe and
You will feel welcomed and like you were at home
to improve
Apart from our ELE courses you will improve your Spanish with daily use
quality and excellence
Universities of international reference
for its climate and
Besides studying, enjoy the weather, the beach and the food
26 Universities
Both public and private
masters and
international reference
Top-level research centers and science parks
to the world
And for its excellent means of public transport when you are here
"The World's
Best Cities"
Has rated Barcelona as one of the 10 best cities to live and the 4th to work

Catalonia university campus

Catalonia has an internationally renowned quality and prestigious higher education system made up of 12 universities: seven public, four private and an online university.

The offer of studies is complemented by services such as libraries, teaching laboratories, reception services, languages, sports facilities, and job boards. The universities have international student service offices that resolve basic questions about their stay in Catalonia (immigration procedures, health information, leisure and sports activities, etc.).

It is a university system with a clear tendency towards internationalization that uses mainly Spanish, Catalan and English for teaching. The data speaks for itself: 250,000 students, 15,000 professors, 450 degree programs and 470 master's degrees (86 in English and 34 in collaboration with foreign universities).

Spanish universities

From Catalonia and having passed the entrance exams you will be able to access any Spanish university.


With 800 research groups, 25,000 researchers and 45,000 people involved in research and development, Catalan universities are well positioned in world rankings: Five among the 500 best in the world (UB, UAB, UPC, UPF and URV) and four among the Top 100 with less than 50 years of history (UAB, UPC, UPF and URV).
In Catalonia, science and technology parks have sprung up around some universities where work is being done to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology between the university, research and business world.
  • Lleida Agri-Food Science and Technology Park
  • Tourism and Leisure Science and Technology Park
  • Terrassa Science and Technology Park
  • UAB Research Park
  • Barcelona Synchrotron Park
  • Esade Creapolis
  • Vallès Technology Park
  • TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme
  • Mediterranean Technology Park
  • Barcelona Science Park
  • b_TEC Barcelona Technological Innovation
  • Biomedical Research Park of Catalonia
  • UPC Park
  • UPF Research Park-Social and Human Sciences
  • La Salle Technonova Barcelona

Requirements to study in Spain

Admission of international students through high school.

In order to gain admission to a degree program at a university in Spain, international students must:

  • Obtain official recognition of your previous studies.
  • Take EBAU/SELECTIVITY university entry exams.

Currently, from the LOMCE (Organic Law for the Improvement of Educational Quality), for students from educational systems other than Spanish, each Autonomous Community determines the minimum conditions of access, exams to pass, calculation of the admission note,…. to access university studies in said community.

Academy services for international students

Come to Barcelona, enroll in one of our pathway courses for the university entry exam and forget about anything other than studying and living in Barcelona. Focus on preparing your selectivity and we assure you the pass.

We will take care of all the administrative formalities:

  • Documents
  • Certificates
  • Pre-registration

and all those boring things. Some of these services may be included in some of our packs.

Practical aspects of visas for Spain to enjoy studying in Barcelona and at the academy

Who needs a visa or permit to live in Spain? Under the Freedom of Movement Act, if you are from a country that is part of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area – which includes the EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – or Sweden, you do not need to a visa or any type of permit to visit, live, work or study in Spain. Citizens of the EU/EEA and Sweden who come to live in Spain will need to register with the authorities to obtain an identity number. Nationals of other countries not mentioned above will need a VISA to live in Spain and in many cases a work permit.

Spain is one of the 26 countries that make up the "Schengen" area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Countries Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland have a common VISA therefore there are no border controls between them. There are three types of visas that allow entry to Spain: - Airport transit visa. - Short-term Schengen visa. - Long-term visa.

This document allows you to enter the international transit area at a Spanish airport. But not everyone needs it. For more information or verifications you can consult the list at: . You must apply for a transit visa through the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

The short-stay visa allows you to stay, but not work, in Spain for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. If you have a Schengen visa issued by another Schengen state, you can also travel to Spain and stay in the country for 90 days. Citizens of the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not need a short-stay visa to enter Spain, but will need to apply for a long-term residence visa to stay longer than three months. To find out if you need a Schengen visa, see our website. You must complete an application form that you can download and request through the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin. You can renew your short-term visa at the Immigration Office or at your local Police Station as long as you stay in Spain for less than 90 days. You cannot come to Spain with a short-term visa as a tourist and change your status to Spanish employee, student or resident. You must return to your home country and apply for a new one from there. Find the information in your country to apply.

Unless you are a citizen of the UE, you will need a long-term national visa if you intend to live, work, study or conduct research in Spain for more than three months. It will depend on your purpose of stay. As we detail below.

There are several types of residence and work permits depending on the purpose of stay, they include:
- Combined residence and work visa, allows you to live and work in Spain.
- Student Visa, for the duration of an educational or training course.
- Residence visa, for family reunification or retirement.

There are different types of work visas in Spain, as well as exemptions, depending on your employment situation in Spain. The requirements for obtaining this visa can be found in our complete guide. You will not be able to apply for your own work visa in Spain - the Spanish Immigration Law dictates that employers must apply on your behalf. Work permits/visas are issued by the in Spain.

Spain is very popular among foreign students, in fact, a survey carried out in 2018 by stated that Spain was the number one destination in Europe for students who wanted to study abroad. If you want to study/do research or apprenticeships in Spain, you must first find a course that will accept you, only then can you apply for a visa.

The tourist visa requires completing a form which will ask you for a photograph and information about your residence, purpose of the trip to Spain, and the type of Schengen tourist visas you need.

Both Spanish citizenship and the Spanish residence visa (permanent) authorize you to live in Spain, but there are differences between the two. The residence visa requires leaving your nationality and passport of origin to be a Spanish citizen.

After one year living in Spain legally and once you have received confirmation that you will stay for another year, you can request a visa to be reunited with your family members (for example, partner and dependents such as minors or parents of over 65 years of age). If you have a long-term residence permit from another EU country (a European Blue Card), you can apply for this visa when you need it. Students can apply for family reunification while studying in Spain. Residence permits for family members normally have a duration equal to that of the student's residence permit, and also allow people who are over 18 years of age to work in Spain without a work permit. If you want one, you will need to apply for family reunification. If you are not yet in Spain, you can apply for the visa through where the couple visa requirements will be explained to you. If you are already in Spain, you will have to go to the local/closest immigration office and bring the documents. For more information, read our guide on.

After 5 uninterrupted years living in Spain, you can apply for a permanent or long-stay residence permit. If you already have a blue card from another EU country, and have lived elsewhere in the EU for the same duration, you are also entitled to receive long-stay residence. This authorization allows you to stay in Spain indefinitely, working or not, under the same conditions as Spanish citizens. You can apply for Spanish nationality after 10 years of residence in Spain. Or acquire it through marriage or Spanish parents even if they were born outside of Spain.

Within 30 days of arriving in Spain, all citizens from outside the EU-EEA or Sweden who want to stay for more than three months must apply for a residence card (TIE) at the Immigration Office or the police. of the province where you live. You will need a valid passport/ID, passport size color photos, and a completed application form. In addition, you will need a registration, bank income, health insurance and other documents related to your situation, such as an employment contract, proof of enrollment at the university or academic grades. This temporary residence permit allows you to stay in Spain between 90 days and five years, and can be renewed.

All foreigners, including those from the EU/EEA/Sweden, must have a Foreigner Identification Number, or NIE. It is mandatory for any financial transaction, such as opening a bank account, receiving your salary, paying taxes, registering with social services and driving license. EU citizens will receive a NIE when they apply for their registration certificate; Others can request it once they have obtained their residence permit from the Immigration Office. It is possible to apply for the NIE through the Spanish consulate in your home country (although it will take a few months to obtain it through this route), if your intentions are to live or open a bank account in Spain. If you plan to live in Spain, you must register with the Legal Authority of your town of residence.

You must obtain a Certificate of Registration by registering in the census called Padrón at your local Town Hall.

For foreign documents to be valid in Spain, they must be translated into Spanish and legalized (certified as authentic) or bear the Apostille seal. Translations must be carried out by translators certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Spain or through it in their country of origin.
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