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Why study an MBA in Spain?

Spain is a diverse country with a rich culture and an exciting history – just two of the reasons why studying for an MBA here might be something that you would like to consider.

A further reason to study an international MBA program in Spain is the Spanish language. With 500 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world – beaten only by Mandarin Chinese. Having a working knowledge of it (or better still the fluency that is likely to come from studying in Spain, even if your MBA is taught in English) will open you up to business opportunities not only in Europe and the US, but also across vast expanses of South America.

What international MBA programs are offered in Spain?

Choosing to study an MBA program in Spain will offer you the full range of MBA options. Full-time MBA programs in Spain take one year to complete, with part-time and distance learning options normally taking two.

You can study for a full range of specialist business courses, and many programs are taught in English to attract international students.

Immigration and visas in Spain

EU students are able to come and study an international MBA program in Spain providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
 

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover
     

What are the costs of studying for an MBA in Spain?

Students are required to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities in Spain. Tuition fees vary depending on the university and MBA course you will be studying. On average, international MBA programs in Spain will costs anything between €21,000 and €30,000 (approximately £17,200 - £24,600) for a one year full-time course.  

Working in Spain

Spain’s economy has been heavily affected by the Euro crisis and unemployment among young people in Spain is at 25% in some places, so finding a permanent job post-studies in Spain might be difficult.

The economy has traditionally focused around tourism, the automobile industry and energy. Indeed, tourism is estimated to employ more than 2 million people in Spain. However, as the government looks to business leaders to regenerate Spain’s economy, there will be opportunities for shrewd businesspeople to invest in the country.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for an MBA program in Spain, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best business course for you.