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Attending college in Spain is something that you will certainly enjoy, but it is also something that you must plan for. One of the things that you need to consider is the cost that attending college in Spain will accrue.

You will be happy to know  that the costs of attending college in Spain are very reasonable, especially compared to other European countries, as well as the U.S. And, you can get all of the affordability along with a great education. So just how much does it cost to go to college in Spain?

That all depends. Several things factor in on the money that it will take to attain your education, including, of course, the university that you choose, the courses you want to major in, etc. It is also affected by financial assistance that you may be entitled too, though the Spain Education Board does not handle financial aid for international students.

We do have average costs available for you, however. Those average costs are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree education can cost you anywhere between 680 and 1,280 Euros per school year when attending a public university.
  • The amount that it will cost you to attend the university is a fixed amount that is set in place by the Autonomous Community, though the central government can set amounts of tuition costs of schools within their area.
  • Fees for attending a private university to earn a bachelor’s degree vary between 5,500 and 18,000 Euros per school year.
  • For Master’s or Doctoral degrees, university fees at public institutions are also government regulated, and vary between 22 and 36 Euros per credit.

If you attend a university in Spain and drop out only to want to enroll again at a later time the amount that you will spend for tuition will increase. Those who are on their second round at college may find costs of attending school to earn a bachelor’s degree up to 2100 Euros per school year, while   third round or more could cause your tuition costs to increase to as much as 33 Euros per semester or more.  Earning a Master’s degree could result in tuition costs of as much as 34 Euros for second-time students. Second-time PhD students may find that they are paying as much as 55 Euros per semester to get their education.

Other Costs to Consider

In addition to the actual tuition fees that you will incur to attend a university or college in Spain, there are additional fees and expense that you will incur that you should also keep in mind. Here is a look at those fees:

Books and Supplies

Book and supply costs should also be considered when you are budgeting for college. The money that will be spent for these  items will also vary, but the average costs of purchasing these items Is around 900 Euros per year.

Personal Expenses

Always budget for the personal things that you will need while attending college, including the telephone, entertainment, food, snacks, etc.


While in Spain you must have a means of transportation to get you where you need to go. Spain has a number of transportation options available, but you do need to consider these costs when budgeting for college.

College Application Fees

Almost all colleges and universities in Spain have fees for applications for admission into their college. These fees vary, but usually remain less than $50 USD. Make sure that you have this fee available when completing your application.

Special Class Fees

Depending on the classes that you take there may be special class fees that you are responsible for paying. These fees are various and can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. You may want to loo k into the additional class fees that are going to be incurred before enrolling in  a class, especially if you are on a very limited budget.

Overall the costs of attending college in Spain are very affordable, and most defiantly more affordable than in other European countries and cities.

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