If you are considering a study placement abroad to improve your Spanish, then look no further than Spain. With 10 vibrant cities to choose from, each with their own university, all you have to do is to decide where you want to go!
Below, we have listed the top 10 Spanish university cities, not according to the rank, but merely alphabetically so that nobody feels offended:
capital of Spain
Barcelona is the perfect city for anyone who wants to experience as much as possible in a short space of time and feels at home in big cities. There is nothing you cannot do in Barcelona! Also the university choice, both public and private, is very broad and covers all courses you can imagine. Some of the most popular places for students are without doubt the Ramblas, the Parque Guell and the Puerto Olímpico.
The city with two
In comparison with the relatively small city of Granada, the university is one of the most important ones in whole Spain, ranking among the top schools in the country with a very international atmosphere. The city is populated by students who are hanging out in the inner city, enjoying the historic atmosphere and enjoying the free tapas. Granada also offers the strongest difference in temperatures: You can go skiing in Sierra Nevada just 40 minutes away and the same day enjoy a swim at the tropical coast of Salobreña, Motril and Almuñécar.
3. La Laguna
The Spanish city
with a Caribbean touch
La Laguna, situated on Tenerife is possibly the most beautiful city to study in. The colonial streets invite students for relaxing walks along impressive monuments. La Laguna is a melting pot for students from all Spanish-speaking countries. The strong influence of the Caribbean brings about a much softer accent, more warm-heartedness and an affinity to the fiery rhythms of Salsa. If you are interested in spectacular nature then this island will impress you.
whole of Spain in one city
Madrid is the heart of Spain, not only due to its central location, but also because of its many universities which attract students from all over the country. Madrid is without doubt the cultural, political and economic center of Spain, but still conserves the charm of a small town, where walking through the neighborhood is still a pleasurable experience. Almost everybody in Madrid comes from somewhere else meaning there is no caginess between natives and foreigners. This means that you will have no problem finding somebody to talk to in one of the charming cafés in the historical city center.
Malaga also offers some great study opportunities. All over the city can be seen the influence of former citizen of Malaga, Pablo Picasso. If you want to enjoy impressive views of the city then you should take a walk to the Arab fortress. At Malaga´s international fishing port you can eat fresh sea food and chat with the Malagueños. If you want to improve your Spanish a little, you can take Spanish classes in Marbella.
The city with
Pamplona is not only famous for San Fermin, the bull run in the streets, but also for the University of Navarra offering one of the best private health centers in Spain. Furthermore, the city famously has the best gammon and the most delicious vegetables in all of Spain. The wine, like the people of Pamplona, is robust, aromatic and not easily forgettable.
The city of time
Salamanca is arguably the most elegant and historic city in Spain. The city is internationally renowned for Spanish studies due to the pure form of Spanish spoken there. The city has more to offer than Spanish lessons though! The museums, monuments and the cathedral make the city a cultural treasure. The numerous authentic bars in the inner city are a popular meeting place for international students to meet each other.
8. Santiago de Compostela
The city of saints
Santiago is a very warm and welcoming city: from the musicality of the Galician language to friendly people who, due to their long history of migration, know exactly how to welcome foreigners. Santiago offers many different sights like the saint’s tomb, the jar of Ribeiro as well as the impressive university building.
The city of flamenco
Seville, with its warm winters, the delightful orange blossom that appears in springtime and the Feria in April are just a few of the many reasons to study Spanish in this city. Seville is well known for its long standing tradition of Flamenco. Seville is home to the biggest gothic cathedral in the world as well as the royal tobacco factory.
10. ValenciaThe Mediterranean city
The capital of Turia may be described as one of the most beautiful cities on the Costa Blanca. It has the charm of a small town, but the modernity and internationality of a university city. Most impressive is the former river bed which has been transformed in a marvelous garden, accommodating an impressive aquarium. There are spectacular beaches not far from the city center.