Internships in Spain
A popular destination that provokes lots of Questions:
Is Spain good for international students?
Generally, Spain is a relatively affordable country where international students should not feel financially pressured. You’ll need between 900 – 1,100 EUR to live in Spain. Costs are higher if you choose Madrid or Barcelona, which are the most expensive Spanish cities.
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Which visa is required for Spain?
Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You must have sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
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Is biometric required for Spain visa?
“You can apply for a Spanish Schengen visa up to 3 months before your planned trip. … However in case Embassy of Spain or BLS requires fresh Biometrics then applicant has to be present for the same.
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Which countries need a visa to travel to Spain?
You do NOT require a tourist visa for Spain if you are a holder of a passport of the following countries:
* The European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Passports and travel documents are required to be valid during the duration of the visit. …
* A list of countries or dependencies.
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For an internship that is unpaid or paid, do the visa requirements change?
Good to know: You do not need professional visa or work permit to be able to do an internship in Spain. However, all foreign nationals performing an unpaid internship or voluntary work, or having registered for a more than 90 days’ training course must be in possession of an appropriate long stay visa.
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Can you work with a student visa in Spain?
Good news! As a non-European citizen, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week in Spain under a student visa. Any student with a student visa can work up to 4 hours per day on a special work permit. … The permit that allows students to work full-time, up to 3 months, is only valid when there are no classes.
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Do I need a visa if I currently have a visa or a residence permit valid in another EU/Schengen country?
The answer is yes. If you have a residence permit for studies or the permanent residence permit in another Schengen country, that allows you to travel within the Schengen area as a tourist. However, neither document gives you the right to work or study in another Schengen country.
If you are going to earn a salary at the destination company, you will need a fiscal number (NIE) and a social security number. If you are not an EU citizen, you can’t apply for the NIE without a residence permit valid in Spain.
Obtaining a residence permit for internships once you’re in Spain is slow and the administration only accepts documents in the Spanish language. You can order a legal translation of all your documents but it is an expensive and lengthy process. Moreover, you never know whether your request will be accepted for a month. During this month (or probably even more), you can’t earn a salary.
Remember that if you prepare the visa or the residence permit at the Consulate of Spain that is nearest to you (i.e. not in Spanish territory), they will accept and validate documents in English or in the official language of the country. Further, they normally only accept to process your request when they know that you are going to receive the acceptation: 100% secure, cheaper and faster.

Can I stay in Spain after my student visa expires?
You will not be able to extend your student visa in Spain for travel purposes, however if you would like to travel around Spain after your visa expires, you need to leave Spain and re-enter as a tourist. … Within the Schengen Area, you can travel as a tourist for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
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Student Visa (Internship Program)
All documents presented must be translated by an official translator (traductor jurado) accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1. Complete the documents required.  Put all the documents in 1 large brown envelope (with the applicant’s surname, name and contact number written in bold letters on the upper left corner of the envelope).
2. The applicant must come personally on the appointment date and must pay the visa fee upon submission of the application.
3. Always include 2 photocopies of the filled-up application form and 1 photocopy of the rest of the documents.

Is studying in Spain a good idea?
Spain may be one of the most popular study abroad destinations, but it is not always the most budget-friendly. You can easily stretch your limited student finances if you know what to watch out for. Students can enjoy many benefits and freebies in Spain and in many European countries as well.
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Can I study and work in Spain?
Working in Spain while you’re a student
You can work up to 20 hours a week while studying as long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies. The company who employs you will need to get a work permit for you from the Foreigner’s Office. Your employment contract cannot exceed the duration of the study visa.
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Can I study in English in Spain?
Spain has over 75 universities, and several of those are known for having entire degree programs entirely in English. If you want to complete your Bachelors Degree abroad or just take a few classes in their programs, you might consider enrolling directly in an English-speaking university in Spain.
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Is IELTS required for Spain?
The minimum IELTS requirement for undergraduate course in 6.0 bands and for postgraduate course is 6.5 bands. You can also study in Spain without IELTS through Foundation Programs in which you do not need to provide IELTS or TOEFL scores.

How much do students earn in Spain?
Once you’ve earned your degree you can expect to earn a great salary with the job that you choose, should you decide to stay in Spain. Once you hold a bachelor’s degree the average yearly salary is 13,800 Euros or $18,500 USD per year!
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Is it harder to get an internship than a job?
So it depends upon the situation. So in some cases, landing an internship or externship can be easier than obtaining a permanent full-time job. That’s because the hiring process is lengthier, more intensive, etc. But there can also be a lot of competition for the limited internships that are available.

Do I need to carry my passport in Spain?
WHEN DO I NEED TO CARRY MY PASSPORT WHILE IN SPAIN? The Spanish law requires people to carry legal identification at all times. Your passport is your only official document outside of the United States (A driver’s license or a university ID card are not valid documents.).
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