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Blog Complete guide to study in Spain: everything you need to know

Complete guide to study in Spain: everything you need to know

August 8 2023
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Studying in Spain can be an exciting and enriching experience for young artists seeking education and growth in their careers.

Once the decision to travel abroad to study comes the paperwork and a thousand things to do, but by following this guide you can learn the key steps to start your journey towards an artistic career in Spain.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for study an artistic career in Spain, they vary according to the school, university and artistic discipline you choose. Although, the most common are usually these aspects:

Artistic Portfolio

One of the most important common elements in a job application is the famous artistic portfolio, a document in which to show your best works, those that show your ability, creativity and style. There is no correct way to present a portfolio, everyone is free, depending on their discipline, to experiment.

Certification of Previous Studies

Although all this depends on the School or University that is chosen, it is likely that they will ask for documentation that certifies previous studies that are necessary or mandatory for the degree that they want to study.

Admission/aptitude test

For certain institutions or disciplines, they ask for aptitude or admission tests before accepting any candidate. Although everything depends on the institution and the discipline, these tests are not usually complicated, since they are to evaluate the skills of each person.

Motivation letter

One of the things that you always have to have done is a letter of motivation, because in Spain it is very common for them to ask for it, both for the academic and the work part.

This letter is designed for the applicant to explain why they want to study at that particular university, career goals, passion for art, strengths and anything else that makes the candidate stand out.

Find here a guide on how to write a motivation letter

Personal interview

Some universities require a personal interview as part of the admissions process. This gives assessors the opportunity to get to know the candidates better, discuss their portfolio and motivations, and assess their suitability for the degree.

Financing, Scholarships and Financial Aid

The financial aspect is something crucial when you travel abroad to study. Fortunately, there are several options to finance your studies in Madrid. You can explore scholarships offered by universities, governments, and private organizations. Additionally, some financial aid programs may be available to international students.

Apply for a Visa

To study in Spain, you will need to obtain a student visa. This involves submitting documents such as an acceptance letter from the university, proof of sufficient funds, and health insurance. This is a complicated subject that is always likely to run into setbacks or delays, which is why it is very important to start the process as soon as possible.

Part Time Jobs for Young Artists

Many students choose to work part time while they study. This will give you work experience and allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture. Among the options to work are jobs in the Creative Industry, hospitality and tourism, freelance or private classes.

Accommodation Options

Madrid offers various accommodation options for students, such as university residences, shared flats and individual apartments. The best asset for any student is to investigate and choose the option that best suits the needs and preferences of each person.

University Student Life in Spain

Student life in Madrid is exciting and diverse. Participate in extracurricular activities, join arts clubs, attend cultural events, and make the most of your time outside of the classroom. You can join art clubs, theater groups, choirs, musical bands, cultural magazines, and more. 

In addition, Spain is full of cultural events such as festivals, plays, museums, exhibitions, monuments and spectacular places to visit and meet people.

Strategic Location and Travel Opportunities

One of the advantages of studying in Spain is its location in the heart of Europe. Ideally, take the opportunity to travel and explore other European countries during holidays and weekends to enrich the experience and broaden your cultural horizons.

Advice and help

To streamline this whole process and help all those students who need it, from TAI We have a team that can advise you on everything you need, whether it is about what degree to study or useful information about procedures, accommodation or scholarships. Don't hesitate to ask them!

Studying an artistic career abroad is a courageous and rewarding decision. With admission requirements, financing options, vibrant student life, and the chance to explore Europe, you'll be on your way to an enriching arts education and an unforgettable life experience.

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