Student Visa

We help international students get long-term student visas in Spain (and stay for 4-12 months)

Young people enjoying their Spain student visas in Barcelona

What can I do with a student visa in Spain?

Does this sound like you?

  • You want to learn Spanish
  • You want to spend more than 90 days in Spain
  • You want to live in a city like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Granada or Toledo
  • You want visa-free travel opportunities through 27 European countries for up to 12 months (and more)

Then the Spain student visa is your ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. But the application process can be complex. Make a simple mistake, and you might find yourself waiting for months – and miss the start date of a Spanish course or study program you’ve already paid for! Don’t make that mistake.

To help, we’ve asked our international student advisors to create this list of 9 requirements to get a student visa in Spain. If you’re looking for Spanish courses in Barcelona, then you can contact one of our student advisors for personalized support. Read on for all you need to know!

If you decide to apply while in Spain, you will need to come to Spain on a tourist visa and apply for a student permit, called “estancia por estudios”.

Please note that you must have minimum 35 days left of your legal stay (before your tourist visa expires) when applying for a student permit from Spain.

Which documents do you need to apply?

Below are the required documents you will need in order to apply for the Spanish student visa:

  • Application Form EX-00
  • Current valid passport (copy of all pages)
  • Speakeasy acceptance letter for a full-time program (Accelerated or Immersive long-term course)
  • Confirmation of the payment for your course
  • Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
  • Full coverage medical insurance without pre-amortization period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
  • Proof of financial means (the sum of at least 600€ per month of your stay)
  • Medical certificate (for visas of over 180 days)
  • Criminal record certificate with apostille issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country (for visas of over 180 days)

When should you apply?

We recommend that you apply for a student residence permit within 4 to 9 weeks before the start date of your Spanish course.

Where do you apply?

You must request an appointment in advance at the Foreigners Office (Extranjeria), one of our student advisors can help you with this. Your appointment will be at the General Registry Office (Registro General) situated at Calle Bergara 12.

How long does it take to get the Spanish student visa?

It takes up to 30 days working days to get a response from Foreigners Office (Extranjeria) regarding your study permit application decision.

If you decide to apply from outside of Spain, you will need to contact the consulate of Spain in your home country to find out where you must go to apply.

Which documents are needed to apply?

Below are the required documents you will need to turn into the Spanish embassy in the country of application.

  • Completed visa application form (Solicitud de visado)
  • Current passport (copy of all pages)
  • Two recent passport sized photos
  • Speakeasy acceptance letter for a full-time program (Accelerated or Immersive long-term course)
  • Confirmation of the payment for your course
  • Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
  • Full coverage medical insurance without pre-amortization period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
  • Proof of financial means (the sum of at least 600€ per month of your stay)
  • Medical certificate (for visas of over 180 days)
  • Criminal record certificate with apostille issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country (for visas of over 180 days)
  • Proof of Accommodation (rental agreement/contract, host invitation (Acta de manifestación) if you are planning to stay during your studies at friend’s or family member’s place)
  • Visa application fee

Please note that:

  • The consulate may ask you for additional documents
  • Additional required documents may vary depending on each consulate or regulations from your home country

When should you apply?

We recommend you apply for your visa within 5 to 9 weeks before the start of your Spanish course. Please note that consulates of Spain require you to schedule a previous appointment for a long-term visa application.

When do you get a response about your Spanish student visa?

Usually it takes between 10 and 15 working days to get a response regarding your visa application decision.

When you have your visa, what’s next?

Once you have your long-term visa Type D in your passport and have arrived to Spain, you may now apply for your NIE card. Here’s a guide to getting your NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero).

Make an appointment

Make your appointment, “cita” at the police station located at Rambla de Guipizcoa, 74.

Please note that you must book your appointment online before going. On the website, select:

  1. Procedimientos
  2. Extranjería
  3. Cita Previa de Extranjeria
  4. Barcelona
  5. Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero
  6. Policia – Toma de huellas

Fill in your personal data, select the time and print the confirmation of the appointed time.

Prepare your documents

  • Application form EX-17 (original and copy)
  • Passport and its copy
  • 2 recent photos
  • Copy of the passport page with visa type D and stamp of arrival to Spain
  • Registration certificate “empadronamiento
  • Fee (TASA 790 code 012) has to be paid in advance

Get your NIE!

20-30 days after the submission of your documents to the police, you can pick up your NIE card at the address Mallorca 213, with no prior appointment needed, you must have with you:

  • Passport
  • Resguardo de solicitud (this document will be given to you at the police station after your fingerprints are taken)
Speakeasy students on catamaran trip
Our admin team is always happy to help and advise with your Spain study visa requirements and application process.

Reviews

Lauren Chapman Speakeasy, March 2021

The amount I’ve progressed is tremendous. One of the main reasons I’ve advanced so far in my ability to speak, listen and write is due to the phenomenal teachers at this school. I had 4 different teachers with their own unique styles. I can say that every single one was amazing and pushed me to get to the point where I am now. I can now confidently say I speak Spanish and navigate myself through Spain without so much fear of having to communicate. I have met many students from other language schools who switched to Speakeasy and all of them have told me this school is the best Spanish learning school they’ve gone to due to the amazing professors.