A Student Visa in Spain allows you to take/extend your studies to obtain an official degree; participate in research/training activities; join exchange programs; volunteer as a student; and carry out non-work placements.
The Long-Term Student Visa is suitable for students who are taking courses that are longer than 6 months, such as undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. If your course only lasts up to 180 days (3-6 months), you are encouraged to apply for the Short-Term Student Visa instead.
International students who have received their Long-Term Student Visa are required to apply for a student residence card within a month after arrival.
To be eligible:
You must be enrolled at an accredited educational institution in Spain, or
You must be admitted at an officially recognized research/training center in Spain, or
You have a signed agreement with a center where you will be volunteering.
If you are a citizen of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, or the European Union member countries, you may not need a Student Visa. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
You must present proof of your travel medical insurance purchase to the Spanish authorities of the Visa application department in your home country. Your health insurance should be from an authorized provider in Spain.
You are advised to renew your Student Visa 60 days before it expires.
Duration of Stay
If your Long-Term Student Visa only allows you to stay for 180 days, you cannot stay in Spain for more than the stated duration.
If your Student Visa does not have such a restriction and you intend to stay in Spain for more than 6 months, you will have to apply for a Foreigner Identity Card that is valid for one year.
You are allowed to renew it for up to five times, as long as you are still continuing your studies.
You must submit your biometrics if this is your first time traveling to the Schengen territory in the last five years, which include your facial image and copies of your fingerprints. Contact [email protected] for the requirements.
If you intend to stay for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Foreigner Identity Card within one month of your arrival. You can visit the nearest Foreigners Office in the area of your residence in Spain.
Working While Studying
If your Student Visa is valid for 6 months or more, you can get a work authorization once you obtain your Foreigner Identity Card.
Your Spanish residence permit allows you to work part-time or in a temporary position.
You cannot work in Spain if your Visa is only valid for 180 days.