Scholarships to study in Spain are mainly aimed at graduate and postgraduate degrees, that is, master’s and doctoral degrees. At the full government level Master scholarships are no longer available for students who enter teacher training. The grant system is available for students in financial need studies lower degrees. There is a large governmental scheme providing scholarships for international students for the highest degrees only.
Private scholarships are more readily available and there are a number, often linked to some schools or intended for students from special backgrounds. Because in general the studies in Spain are taught in Spanish, mastery of the language is a fundamental requirement for almost all purses.
Type of Scholarship and Facility
The Spanish government offers a limited number and a range of scholarships for graduate students. These are financed and administered by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Ministerio de Educatión, Cultura y Deporta. Private scholarships are given by a wide range of organizations that often target specific groups.
Undergraduate students are supported by the grant system, rather than through scholarships. Making an additional non-compulsory year after their undergraduate degree students may apply for a specific scholarship for this, and also for the final year of undergraduate or first year of a Master’s degree to undertake research.
Availability and conditions for obtaining a scholarship
For government student scholarships must be tax residents of Spain, or EU citizens residing in Spain. These scholarships are not available for students who wish to come to Spain to study. For students completing undergraduate or early master’s degree the Collaboration grant is a government program that gives 2,000 € for eligible students, entering a research project. For students of private scholarships often have to fall into a particular group, such as students from Latin America, or Spanish emigrants who wish to return to Spain to study. Of course the scholarships of the full range of EU can be used to study in Spain, like most scholarships awarded by foreign bodies.
Local scholarships for foreign students
Students coming from Spain to study for a master’s or doctoral degree can access a government program designed especially for them. Students may not be resident in Spain. They must be under 35 years of age, have obtained an appropriate lower degree and have been approved upon admission to their program. The scholarship pays 600 € a month plus the lodging and the cover to one of the two halls of residence in Madrid. For studies outside Madrid, or if accommodation is not available, the allowance is increased to 1,200 €. Support for tuition up to € 2,000 is also included.
Typical Scholarships in Spain
The government grant is the primary scholarship available for undergraduate degrees. The government master’s degree programs and scholarships are the bursary grants for graduate studies. EU students residing in Spain can also access these programs. For foreign students, master’s and doctoral scholarships is the main financial support, although there is also a good range of private scholarships available for higher education too.