The surprising benefits for Ticos studying in Spain


There are quite a few Costa Ricans who each year take a plane to Madrid, Spain, to later settle in different cities and embark on the adventure of taking a university career, either undergraduate or postgraduate.

There are also many who bury their fears and go to that country attracted by courses in different areas, often lasting only a few months.

Perhaps what they do not know at the beginning of the process are the unimaginable benefits that studying Spain offers.

The truth is that graduating in that nation represents much more than obtaining a degree and living in another country, as explained by the Spanish consul in San José, Costa Rica, Juan Sáinz Herrero.

”Studying in Spain is one of the most important and timely decisions that Costa Ricans can make. It has a series of attractions such as academic centers of different levels, of internationally recognized excellence, a very high quality of life, we speak the same language, it is very touristy, we have a cultural similarity and Spain has a comparative advantage with respect to other European countries and to the United States itself and the fact is that we have a significantly lower cost of education and living than the average”, stressed Sáinz.

Those advantages listed by the consul are not the only ones. There is one that even has more power to make anyone fall in love.

Spain is part of the European Education Area, therefore, the official title that a Tico obtains in this country is automatically recognized in about 50 countries, said Sáinz.

What to study? The good thing about Spain is that there are options in all areas, including Social Sciences, Philosophy, Literature, through Medicine and technology.

Imagine the number of people you will meet from different countries if you dare to study in Spain, a country that stands out for attracting students from other European nations, who are fascinated by the atmosphere of Madrid, the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona or the Pyrenees.

Sáinz highlighted the multiple possibilities of obtaining a scholarship.

He said that they are offered by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation.

There are also other entities, such as the Carolina Foundation, the autonomous communities and the universities themselves.



Catalina Rodríguez, in charge of the visa section of the Spanish Consulate in Costa Rica, explained the steps that those interested in studying in Spain must follow.

For example, those who enroll in a short course and stay less than 90 days in the country can enter as tourists, that is, without a visa if they are Costa Rican, but with a valid and current passport for at least three months and a ticket. back to Costa Rica, among other requirements.

Rodríguez expressed that if the course or career is longer, the validity of the passport must be a year and a half and the applicant must show the letter of acceptance to the place of study, as well as fill out a form and attach passport-size photographs with a white background. .

Then, the student must show the financial means to cover the costs. In child support you should estimate €580 per month.

”If the studies last more than six months, you must provide the criminal record for international use and the medical certificate with the details that are on the web. Some request an apostille and others do not”, Rodríguez remarked.

Remember that the Consulate has the following email address to attend to queries about study options and scholarships: [email protected]

In addition, if you click here you will have access to information on universities and careers in Spain for foreigners. In the meantime, at this link you will have access to a scholarship program for students from Latin America.

In the following video there is more information about procedures, advantages and scholarship possibilities to study a degree in Spain.