Study Abroad in Spain
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Spain Country Information
Area: 505,990 sq. km
Population: 40 million
Ethnic groups: Castilians, Asturians, Andalusians, Catalans, Basques, Galicians
Official language(s): Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, and Basque
Religion(s): Roman Catholic
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Higher education is provided by both public and private
institutions. Universities are divided into departamentos, facultades
universitarias, escuelas tecnicas superiores, escuelas universitarias,
institutos universitarios, and other centers, notably the colegios
The existing plans of study, are intermediate degrees (three years) and superior
degrees (five years, six for medicine) which are being replaced by two different
types of studies: the single cycle, runs for three years and is directly
professional; and the three cycles in some cases, receiving diplomas which are
professionally valid; the BA's (always with various specialties) and the
doctorate (two years and a final thesis).
In certain studies, the student will be able to pass from the short cycle to the
bachelor's degree with a new major after a course of transition. In addition to
the doctorate, in many faculties, such as medicine, there are areas for
specialization and at present, there are many types of master's degrees for
graduates in law and economics.
The basic plans of study include required subjects grouped in courses that the
students will have to follow consecutively and elective courses. The courses
taken may be mainstream courses (at 30% of the total in the first cycle or 25%
in the second), which are those that the University Councils declare obligatory;
or electives, chosen freely by the student (at least 10% of the total).
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