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Erudera's Complete Guide to Studying Engineering in Spain
Engineers are involved in the most various matters. Studying engineering will lead to the most interesting and probably highest-paid jobs in the world, from designing and operating an aircraft to conserving and developing the natural resources of the world. In Spain, you will find the field of engineering to be one of the most advanced, with universities that offer numerous engineering programs as well as opportunities for graduates of this field.
Reasons to Study Engineering in Spain
A Variety of Great Universities to Choose From
Spain has more than 70 universities. This factor makes selecting universities that interest you and offer what you need much easier. These universities will offer you one of the best education in the world, they will have some of the best lecturers in the field of engineering delivering courses so you will be able to learn from experts and use their expertise later on in your career.
Degree Programs Taught Entirely in English
In Spain you can choose between courses delivered in English and Spanish. If you have not managed to learn the native language you can continue your studies in English. If none of the two languages is your native language, you must submit proof of language proficiency in order to be eligible for admission to an engineering program. Even if you decide to study in English you will still have the opportunity to learn Spanish which will definitely put you at an advantage when applying for a job since it is the fourth most spoken language in the world.
Gain Practical Engineering Experience
Spanish universities offer lab courses where you can gain practical experience by working on various engineering projects. In addition to this, Spanish universities have direct collaborations with different companies, and institutions enabling students to access the labor market during their studies. These opportunities will prepare you for your future career since nothing beats practical experience.
Work During Your Studies
A fact that makes Spain a great place to study is that international students are allowed to work even during their studies. If you come from a non-EU/EEA country you can work up to 20 hours per week during your school term, and full-time during the holidays. If you are an EU/EEA student, you can work in Spain without restrictions. All you need to do is have a signed work contract between you and your employer.
If you have completed your secondary education successfully and have obtained a valid qualification in your home country, you may be eligible to apply for an undergraduate engineering course at Spanish universities. If you aim to obtain a Master’s degree in engineering you must possess a Bachelor’s diploma or the equivalent qualification to Spanish universities.
Other requirements that make you eligible for admission in an engineering course in Spain include submitting the following:
- Official transcripts
- Letters of recommendation
- Letter of motivation
- Proof of Spanish language proficiency (if the medium of instruction at your chosen university is English, you should submit proof of English language proficiency)
- Have work experience
- Obtain a Visa
- Choose an engineering course
- Choose a university that best suits your needs and interests
- Check if you are eligible to apply
- Check your finances
- Apply before the deadline
- Apply for a student visa
- Find accommodation
- Begin with your studies
Degree Duration: How Long Does It Take to Study Engineering in Spain?
In Spain, you can earn the following qualifications:
- Grado (refers to Bachelor degrees)
Bachelor’s degrees in the field of engineering take three to four years of full-time study to complete.
- Posgrado (refers to Master degrees)
Master’s degrees in the field of business take one to two years of full-time study to complete.
- Doctorado (refers to Ph.D.’s)
Ph.D.’s in engineering take a maximum of three years of full-time study to complete.
The first years of an engineering degree entail courses such as linear algebra, statistics, and calculus, fluid mechanics, solids and structures, thermodynamics, electromechanical systems, mechanical engineering design, etc.
Tuition Fees: How Much Does It Cost to Study Engineering in Spain?
The cost of tuition fees in Spain is quite reasonable. However, they do vary among public and private universities, and they also vary depending on the student’s nationality. In public universities, each Autonomous Community sets its own fees, while private universities set their own fees and they can be more expensive.
Although engineering programs tend to be quite expensive, in Spain, tuition fees for this program can start at EUR 3000 to EUR 20,000 per year. Once you choose a university that you think offers the best conditions for an engineering degree, as well as suits your needs best, you can contact the university directly and check their tuition fees.
Engineering Career Prospects in Spain
As an engineering student, during your studies, you will develop skills like analytical thinking, project management, logical thinking, teamwork, capacity for detail, organzational abilities, to name a few. You will also learn how to design and develop products for the public to use, and make systems work better. All these skills will make you a very attractive candidate and will help you find employment in many areas of the engineering field.
Apart from being able to work during your studies, you will also have the opportunity to remain in Spain and exercise your profession. If you are a non-EU/EEA student you need a work visa in order to work in Spain, and in order to obtain a post-study work visa, you must have secured a job with a minimum EUR 40,000 annual salary.
The salary of an engineer in Spain ranges from EUR 10,500($12,465) to EUR 56,300($66,836). In Spain, some of the most demanded engineering profiles include logistics directors, process engineers, technical directors, and telecommunications infrastructure managers.