Old town of Granada seen from an arched window in the Alhambra

Up until 25 years ago, Spain’s popularity as a tourist destination among other Europeans owed much to the low cost of vacationing there. Since then, prices have increased but the world has woken up to Spain’s history, culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty thus enabling it to remain one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And recently, costs have dropped, making it much more affordable for students.

In terms of basic articles (such as food, toiletries), Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe. If the average price in Europe is 100, the cost in Spain is 88. Spain is also one of the European countries with the lowest price variation. The difference in price for the same food or toiletry product between the most expensive and the cheapest retail outlet is 19 percent. In Norway, however, the difference can be as high as 57 percent, in Sweden 47 percent, and in Italy and Portugal up to 41 percent.

Spanish bocadillo de jamon

For a university student, the comparative advantage of studying in Spain is considerable in financial terms. The average cost of tuition fees charged by universities in the U.S. ($30,000) would cover the entire cost of living in Spain for a year (a university residence in Madrid, including accommodation and meals, costs less than $1,000 per month, and average tuition fees in a private university are around $9,000).

Check out our list of featured study abroad programs in Spain below.

Featured School: Olé Languages-Barcelona

Olé Languages is a centrally located school specialized in teaching Spanish since 2005. 
The school, accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, offers Spanish courses in Barcelona at competitive prices for all levels from total beginners to fluent Spanish speakers. Classes are small with a maximum number of 9 students per class, allowing teachers to focus on specific needs. 
At Olé Languages, students can find a full catalogue of courses: Intensive, Semi-Intensive, Evening and One to one.
The school organises cultural activities, trips and other events to help students improve their Spanish by interacting with each other and with local people.

Featured School: LAE Madrid Spanish School

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain with an intensive Spanish course in Madrid. This accredited academy helps plan your Spanish adventure, so all you need to worry about is what to pack. They offer courses year-round, including a visa to live in Spain, with complete flexibility to travel and improve your Spanish. Info: or—use code LAESTUDYABROAD for an exclusive discount.

Featured School: Espanole IH Valencia

This Spanish school is located in Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in an old, restored Gothic palace, built on the Arab wall that surrounded Valencia in the eleventh century. A cosmopolitan city full of contrasts in which history and traditions coexist with innovation and the avant-garde. Center accredited by Instituto Cervantes offering Spanish courses for all levels and teacher development programs.

Featured School: Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM)–Universidad de Granada

CLM is part of the prestigious University of Granada in southern Spain. It offers first-rate Spanish language and culture courses throughout the year in a unique setting, halfway between snow-capped mountains and subtropical beaches. Here, international students enjoy a singular multicultural atmosphere, sharing their daily lives with local language students. Granada’s vitality and riveting history are reflected in its 60,000 university students and the spectacular Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Featured School: Escuela de Idiomas Nerja

Escuela de Idiomas Nerja would like to introduce you to their school and acquaint you with the range of available courses, along with the numerous cultural activities and various accommodation options, all of which they are sure will meet your demands and more than rise to your expectations to study Spanish in Spain. They suggest that you come and stay in Nerja, a lovely seaside town brimming with attractions, to learn the language and get to know the culture and customs in a family-like atmosphere.

Featured School: LCI Barcelona Study Abroad

LCI Barcelona Study Abroad offers an integral vision of the creative world: photography, entrepreneurship, animation, video games, fashion, and graphic, interior, and industrial product design. English-taught courses are about trends and creative skills to enhance resumes and help students engage in new social, cultural, and economic contexts of people and spaces. The school offers all levels of Spanish Language and three levels of Spanish for Business. For more information, contact: