How do I apply for a Spanish student visa?

How do I apply for a Spanish student visa?

2024-05-30 03:47:22

Every year more and more foreign students are interested in studying abroad, and a lot of students chose to study in Spain. Studying abroad in Spain is appealing because of the language, the culture, and the high standard of teaching. Are you looking forward to studying in Spain and are curious about the student visa procedure? Do you want to know if you can get a student visa while in Spain? If yes, this article is exactly for you!


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1. Do I need a student visa?

2. Should I go for a short-term or long-term student visa?

3. What are the requirements for applying for a student visa?

4. How can I make an appointment with my consulate?

5. What are the next steps after obtaining the student visa?


1. Do I need a student visa?


Not all students planning to study in Spain are required to apply for a student visa. If you are only studying for up to 90 days, you will not need a student visa. Instead, you can apply for a Schengen tourist visa via the BLS International Visa Management Agency if you are from a country without visa-free access to Spain. So it’s important to note that all the explanations below will not be appropriate for your case. All the latest news, requirements, facts, and information on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Everything you need to know about ETIAS. ETIAS visa scheme.

But, if you are a non-EU resident and plan to study in Spain for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a study visa.


2. Should I go for a short-term or long-term student visa?


Thinking about choosing short term or long term student visa


The type of student visa that you can apply for typically depends on the course length.


  • Short-term student visa - Short-term study visas typically last between 91-180 days.
  • Long-term student visa - The long-term visa is for those who wish to study for more than six months or 180 days. In this case, you will need to apply for a type D student visa and an NIE/TIE (Tarjeta de Identitad de Extranjero) residence permit.



3. What are the requirements to apply for a student visa?


As mentioned above, if you need to apply for a student visa you must figure out the required documents before starting the application process. Click here for the requirements on the official website. The general documents required for each country are listed below, but you should always check the details presented by the official website of embassies and consulates in case there are additional documents required to be submitted.

  • The passport and the copy
  • 3 recent ID photos (original and copy)
  • Two filled-out visa application forms
  • A legal authorization signed by the parents: for students below 18 years old and does not come accompanied by their parents
  • Medical certificate demonstrating that the application does not suffer from any disease recognized by the International Health Regulation of 2005.
  • Proof of enough economic means to cover the expenses of stay until the return to your country: The monthly minimum quantity must represent 100% of IPREM (564.9€ in 2021, you can consult here for the following years). If you have dependent relatives, a monthly quantity of 75% of IPREM for the first dependent, and 50% of the IPREM for each of the rest. You may also provide proof of scholarship, but you need to also specifically consult your consulate.
  • Admission letter from your university or school, verifying your enrollment as a full-time student, leading to obtaining a degree or certificate
  • Proof of Private Health Insurance from an insurer recognized and authorized to operate in Spain. (Our Expat insurance meets all the requirements and has been long certified as the No.1 health insurance in Spain. We are an insurance company that speaks English.) The insurance must cover all risks normally covered for nationals and must be maintained for the entire duration of the authorization. It must cover at least all the preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation assistance activities carried out in health centers, clinics, hospitals, and urgent health transport.
  • Certificate of criminal record dated no more than three months before the application date, stating that the applicant does not have a criminal record in countries where he has resided for the past five years. Not applicable to students under 18 years old.
  • Consular fee: It varies across consulates and years.


** Bear in mind that usually all the documents must be properly legalized and translated into Spanish.



4. How can I make an appointment with my consulate?


You can begin the process once you have received an acceptance letter or invitation letter from your education center. You are advised to make an appointment at the consulate at least 30 days before your desired entry to Spain. Ideally, you can start the process around three months before traveling to Spain, leaving sufficient time for processing of visa application.


On the official website mentioned above, you will easily find the email of the consulate to which you belong. If there is more than one consulate in the country you are in, you need to make sure which consulate should you go to exactly.

In the subject line asking for an appointment, you should specify the visa type you wish to apply to accelerate the process.


Then in the email, you need to specify the following information:


  • The applicant's details (full name, nationality, passport number, and telephone number)
  • Visa type you wish to apply for
  • Place of residency in your home country
  • Reasons why you are requesting this visa
  • Desired date for the appointment at the Consulate office (Note that they may not give you the appointment on the exact date that you prefer due to fluctuations of demands)


You will get a response email later specifying the date and time.


After applying, you will get notified of the resolution results. If your application is successful, you must collect your visa within two months from the date you are notified. If you fail to do so, it means that you have renounced your visa and the procedure will be closed.


Note that only one person can be attended at an appointment. If the applicant is with several family members, they each need to apply for an appointment.



5. What are the next steps after obtaining the student visa?


Well, pack your luggage and go!


Remember the difference between long-term and short-term student visas? If you will be studying in Spain for more than 3 months (90 days), you will need to apply for your residence permit(also known as TIE/NIE) after arriving in Spain. This is also a compulsory procedure that you may find complicated.


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Do you qualify for the Student Visa? If this visa isn´t for you, maybe see if one of these visas better fits your needs:




[1] VISADO DE ESTUDIOS . (2021). Retrieved 1 August 2021, from 

[2]Applying for a visa. (2021). Retrieved 1 August 2021, from 


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