5 Reasons why you need to study in Spain in 2022

5 Reasons why you need to study in Spain in 2022

Now that the global travel industry has become so advanced, we literally have the world at our fingertips, and this can make choosing just one country to study a very difficult process. Well not to worry, I am here to help! Today I will be explaining to you why Spain should be on the top of your list right now

Author: Jarya Kotyleng & Chris Robinson

Deciding to study abroad is a long process and one that can be very daunting for potentially globe-trotting students. One of the reasons why this choice is so intimidating is the great number of options that we have when it comes to choosing! Now that the global travel industry has become so advanced, we have the world at our fingertips, and this can make choosing just one country to settle on a very difficult process. Well not to worry, I am here to help! Today I will be explaining to you why Spain should be on the top of your list right now, a country that I moved to two years ago myself and never looked back!

1. Studying abroad can boost your career prospects 

Now, let’s begin with the obvious: Studying abroad is great! Ever since traveling abroad became an option, students across the world have opted to pack up their textbooks and take their education elsewhere. While many do this for fun, adventure or to just generally “find themselves”, many choose because it can make a meaningful difference in their career. 

Toledo, Spain old city over the Tagus River.

While the advantages of studying abroad often come to be more anecdotal and opinion-based, there is a large amount of research done on this. Studying abroad can make a noticeable boost to your career, both by looking at the employability statistics and the overall consensus of students who have taken part in such programs. Out of the sample of students in the study, those who took part in study abroad programs had a whopping 24% higher chance of finding employment post-university. Interestingly, the study found that this difference was most pronounced among students who came from a more disadvantaged background. The reason for this is that students from this type of background would be able to gain a large range of skills during their placement that they wouldn’t normally have access to (e.g. intercultural competence, global awareness, foreign language skills).

Therefore if you think you could use a boost of these types of skills to your resume, a study abroad program is the way to go! However, this does not mean that you should pack up your things and move to the next country that catches your eye. When choosing a location to study, you should always try to find a country that either match (or preferably improves upon) your home country’s standards of education.

Accordingly, as a founding member of the EHEA, the Spanish government has set itself to the highest standards expected of European education, and boasts one of the highest populations of international students in the world!

2. Spanish is the language to learn in 2022

So we have established that studying abroad is great, now why should you do it in Spain? Let’s start with the language: the official language here is Spanish. Aside from being considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world, Spanish is also on the rise to becoming the most useful for your career. Currently, Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world and the fourth most widely spoken language overall. With the majority of Latin America speaking Spanish, multiple European countries, and even a sizable portion of the USA, Spanish has comfortably secured its position as a titan of business language.

Anyone who has Spanish on their resume can expect a huge step up from the rest of the crowd. As the birthplace of this globe-trotting language, Spain is the perfect place to learn Spanish! With a language school on almost every corner of the main cities, a friendly population who will forgive your linguistic mistakes, and neighborhoods just begging to be explored, you could not ask for a better classroom! Within a few months, you will be able to ditch the language dictionaries and order your Tapas and Sangria solo in no time, which brings us to our third reason for studying in Spain. 

3. Food, Fun, and Festivals!

The 3 F’s make Spain such an amazing country to live in! One could spend hours and multiple blog posts as to why Spanish culture is truly incredible, but I am going to restrain myself and try to sum it up. Let’s start with food.

Food in Spain is not only a meal but an experience! In any city or town in Spain, you will be able to see groups of friends and families enjoying their food outside in the sun. No trip to Spain (or even Europe!) could be complete without sampling the Spanish way of dining and at the forefront of this are tapas. For those who don’t know: tapas are small dishes of food to be shared with a group of friends, often with a beer, wine, or sangria.

Generally, a group would order a couple of plates each and the members at the table would help themselves (if you don’t like sharing, then this might not be for you!) before making their way to the next stop to sample more. Aside from tapas, there are numerous culinary options for the hungry traveler to choose from and each region of Spain has its unique style of cuisine.

Spanish tapas and sangria on wooden table, top view

From the decadent little pintxos (one-bite snacks, similar to tapas) of Catalunya to the simple but delicious Bocadillos de Calamares (baguettes stuffed with golden brown fried squid rings) of Madrid, you will never run out of things to try when in Spain! Speaking of trying new things, Spain has some of the most unique street festivals in the world for the fun-loving ex-pats reading this article.

Here is just a few of the more famous examples: Feria de Sevilla (Sevilla): In what can only be described as an explosion of Spanish culture, La Feria de Sevilla is a yearly festival in April celebrating the beginning of Spring. Filled with music, flamenco, and extravagant dresses, it’s a must-see for anyone in Andalusia (South of Spain).La Tomatina (Valencia): No one can speak about Spanish festivities without mentioning La Tomatina!

Feria de Sevilla (Sevilla)

A festival in the little town of Buñol outside of Valencia, involving thousands of strangers pelting each other with tomatoes, what a glorious time of the year!Festes Major (Barcelona): This is a collection of festivals that happen all across August in the various neighborhoods of Barcelona.

The most famous of which is in Gracia, an already beautiful neighborhood, which becomes transformed into a multicolored paradise of the senses during the festas, as each street competes to be the most impressive using elaborate displays of cardboard and paper-mache. You can see what I mean in the video below!

4. Spain: Living in Europe for beginners!

Another reason why we should all love Spain is that it is so darn easy to live here! It is a perfect combination of the accessibility and development of Western Europe without the obscenely high costs of living it’s famous for. Spain is, by all definitions of the word, a very developed country, meaning you can expect to live very comfortably within it. With a robust transportation system, universal and high-quality healthcare, and a wide range of commercial outlets, it is very unlikely that you will be left wanting more, no matter where you live in Spain.

Toledo, Spain old city over the Tagus River.

In addition to its high availability of services, Spain is (for the most part) very cheap in comparison to its neighbors. While it’s hard to give you an accurate monthly budget of the country (as the price of goods varies greatly from the cheaper South to the more expensive North). I have taken the liberty of comparing the average price of a meal (a fairly universal unit of measurement in my opinion) in Spain’s capital, Madrid, with some of its neighbors using the cost of living calculator Numbeo

CityPrice of a meal (inexpensive restaurant) 
Madrid12 euros 
London (UK)16.20 euros
Paris (France)15 euros
Rome (Italy)15 euros
Lisbon (Portugal)8 euros 

While most of us do need much more than restaurants to survive in a country, you will see that in most aspects, Spain ranks much lower in costs in comparison to other countries of similar economic status. 


5. One of the global capitals of hospitality 

Now we have seen how amazing Spain is, it should come as no surprise that it attracts a large number of tourists every year. In fact, according to the UN World Tourism Organization, Spain was the second most visited country of 2018, earning 74 billion USD in revenue in the calendar year. With so much money going into it, the tourism industry of Spain requires a lot of workers to maintain and the hotels are always looking towards the domestic universities for their recruitment.

Front of Barcelona from the air with the port vell, the business center, and the W hotel

On this note, Through this school, Hospitality Academy you will be able to get an accredited qualification and take part in paid work in Spain without having to worry about the visa, how?

Well, through the allowances of the Spanish student visa, international students can obtain traineeships in the country without applying for a separate visa. If you wish to remain in the country after completing your studies, you will be able to apply for a residency visa if you have stayed in the country long enough.

So if you are wishing to gain a hospitality career in Europe, Spain may be the best choice for you. Grab this opportunity and enroll in a program here to start your Spanish hospitality adventure!

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