Studying Abroad

¡Hola España! A guide to Studying in Spain from a British Student.

Sunny Spain is waiting for you!

Source – A typical morning view from my apartment in Spain
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So you’ve swapped crumpets for churros and are ready to embark on a Spanish study adventure. But before, there are some essential steps to navigate. Unfortunately with Brexit studying abroad isn’t as easy anymore. I have almost finished my journey here in Barcelona and let me tell you, it has been an emotional ride. Read more here on how Brexit has affected my experience. Even if you aren’t British read along for some useful tips about studying abroad! This guide will equip you, with the knowledge to conquer the Spanish student experience. Check out my infographic for a helping hand!

Source – infographic created by on instagram TIPS I WISH I KNEW


I cannot stress this enough! As soon as you are find out about studying abroad, you need to be researching EVERYTHING. The sooner you get an idea the better.

I spoke to a flatmate, (Charlotte Hay) who actually missed a lot of her first semester because the spanish embassy were still holding her passport.

“I wish i’d started as soon as I found out I was studying abroad”

She said in the interview.

Another student from Liverpool (Matthew Done) actually dropped out before he finished the process because it was so stressful.


For my fellow non-EU students, you’ll likely require a student visa, the gateway to your Spanish studies. The specific requirements depend on your program length. This process can be lengthy so make sure you follow the Spanish embassy or student websites. Proof of acceptance from your chosen university

Evidence of financial resources to cover your stay

Medical insurance documentation

Police certificate

And some of these need to be put into a sworn translation into Spanish and apostilled by a solicitor.


Studying abroad can make your wallet sweat. Tuition fees, living expenses, and travel costs add up. Research finances offered by your university or government. Explore part-time work options in Spain (with the proper visa permissions, of course. However if you can, I recommend working as much as you can before you move abroad, saving as much money as possible because time flies when you are abroad you want to make the most of your free time as much as possible.

Your social life will be more expensive in your life abroad as you will be going out making friends. But my best advice is don’t treat your study abroad experience like a holiday where you spend all your money in a week. You need to budget and be careful with the money you have saved and the student income you will get. A meal out with friends every now and then is fine but don’t party every night because you will wake up and regret buying that vodka lemonade for 11 euros!

Opening a Spanish bank account is essential for an iban. This number is used for rent, gym memberships etc.

Preparing for Take off

Accommodation: Research your housing options – student dorms, private apartments, or homestays. Consider location, budget, and your desire for a flatmate experience. I found my apartment on Idealista. Be aware of scams. Some places are not legit so you need to be in direct contact of landlords and make sure you have safety with your deposits.

Source – on instagram my morning view in Barcelona

Healthcare: Ensure you have adequate health insurance coverage for your stay in Spain. Explore options offered by the UK National Health Service (NHS) or private providers.

Flights and More: Book your flights in advance, especially during peak travel times.

By following these steps and embracing the adventure, you’ll be well on your way to a successful and enriching study experience in Spain.

My final tips are to enjoy every second it truly flies by! Embrace all the emotions, whether that be homesickness, anxiety to happiness and excitement. All these emotions are part of it and they change you, carve you into a better version of yourself.

Source – on instagram International students graduating from Abat Olibia CEU

Leaving this university and Spain means leaving a piece of myself behind. But the connections I made, the memories etched in laughter lines and shared secrets, those travel with me.

So, if you’re reading this, wondering if studying abroad is worth it, let me tell you: it is. It’s the shared understanding that only comes from navigating a new world together. It’s finding family in the most unexpected places. Don’t miss out on your chance to write your own incredible story with an international cast of characters. Take the leap, you won’t regret it. It’s challenging be prepared but every second is worth it I promise.

¡Buena suerte y hasta luego! (Good luck and see you later!)

Read my personal blog to find out the heartwarming realisation that this was going to be the best year ever!

Source – Friends made in barcelona

Amber Walker

I'm Amber Walker, a journalist with a lens for the human experience. My passion lies in capturing the essence of every story, from the vibrant streets of Barcelona to the intricate details of a single moment. I'm a storyteller with a global perspective, driven by a desire to connect with people and share their stories. My experience as an Event Photographer, Camera Assistant, and Director of Photography has honed my skills in capturing emotions, narratives, and the beauty of the world around me. I'm a perfectionist with an unwavering commitment to my craft, always striving to create images that resonate and inspire. Whether I'm documenting the pulse of a city or the resilience of a community, I believe in the power of storytelling to connect, educate, and inspire. I'm excited to continue my journey as a journalist, exploring new avenues of storytelling and sharing the world's stories with passion and precision.