Students from the European Union (EU), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
If you are a citizen of a European Union (EU) member state or Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, you are entitled to free movement and residence in Spain for up to 3 months. All EU citizens residing in Spain for a period exceeding 3 months must apply for registration in the Central Registry of Foreigners.
Please check the section “Upon arrival”: Certificate of registration of European Union citizens.
Students from Non-European Union (EU), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
If you are not an EU citizen, and you do not have a residence permit, valid for your entire stay in Spain, from another EU country, you will need to apply for a study Visa. The application is submitted personally at the Spanish Embassy close to your home, or in the EU country where you reside.
Visas can only be requested in the country of which the person is a national of or in the country in which the person has legal residence.
The documents required by the Embassy are usually the following ones:
- Admission document issued by your School or Faculty.
- Valid passport (that does not expire during your stay in Spain).
- Proof of financial means to cover the costs of your stay and return to your country and, if applicable, those of your family members.
- Public or private health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain.
- Colour photographs with white background, passport size (32x26 millimetres).
- Payment of fees.
In addition, if the course lasts more than 6 months, you must present:
- Medical certificate.
- Criminal record certificate.
The visa must be a type D student visa. If you obtain another type of visa you will not be entitled to the issuance of the Foreigners Identification Card - TIE (applicable only to long-stay visas, stays of more than 180 days). You will be able to apply for this card when you arrive in Spain, when your Study Visa is a long-stay visa. Type D 90 days.