In this article, we will focus on all things you should know when moving to Spain to gain qualifications in the healthcare field. We work to inform you on things regarding entry requirements, tuition fees, how to apply and more.   


  • The medical course in Spain is about six years long.  
  • The first three years are pre-clinical, in which you will focus on studying biology and anatomy.  
  • Once completing this initial training, you will start clinical studies in hospitals under the supervision of doctors. 
  • Overall, the main language of instruction in Spain is Spanish.  
  • There are only a few universities that provide courses that are partly taught in English. 


  • In some cases, the language requirements for universities in Spain include having level B1 ECFR or equivalent in English and Level C of Catalan and Spanish. 
  • If you have found a course that is entirely taught in English then you might not need to have any Spanish speaking abilities. But you will still be tested on your English if you are not a native English speaker. 
  • After you prove that you have gained these qualifications, your grades will be evaluated. 
  • You need to have achieved 27 International Baccalaureate or equivalent, preferable in at least 2 science-related subjects. 
  • If you have completed your studies outside of Spain, you will need to validate them before you can provide the university you are applying to with your grades. To do this you will need to complete a form which can be found on the university’s website. 


  • Some universities in Spain require you to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). This will test your knowledge of Science and Maths. 
  • If you come from outside of the EU and China, you will need to take the Selectividad.  

In this exam, you will be tested on your knowledge in the subject that you have chosen to study at the university to which you are applying.  

  • On your text analysis skills 
  • On a foreign language, here you can choose from Italian, French, German, English, or Portuguese.  
  • And lastly, you will be tested on either philosophy or Spanish history.  


  • If you are from China or the EU, you should apply through the Spanish National University for Distance Education (SNUDE).  
  • You will need to complete the form provided by the website, and mail it to the address listed on the site, along with a copy of your passport and education certificates (if they need any more documentation from you they’ll let you know directly).  
  • If your application is successful, then the website will provide you with a document that you can then submit to the Spanish universities that you want to apply for.  
  • If you come from a country that isn’t China and is out of the European Union, you will need to apply through the Spanish embassy in your home country.  
  • They will evaluate your grades and academic achievements to decide whether you qualify for university in Spain.  
  • If you pass this, you will be rewarded with a document that you can then submit to the universities you want to study at.  
  • Additionally, you will need to take part in an entrance exam which was mentioned previously. 


  • The application deadline depends on when the course that you have applied to starts.  
  • If you start your studies in October, you have until the beginning of June to apply.  
  • If you are starting February, you have until the start of December to apply. 


The SNUDE website application becomes available in April. 


  • The prices of university degrees for international students may differ depending on what university you are applying to, what you will be studying, and whether the institution is public or private.  
  • The prices for a bachelor’s course can start at around £631 a year and go up to £5,054. 


  • There is a number of scholarships offered directly by the Spanish government for international students studying for bachelors, masters and PhDs.  
  • If you have good grades you might qualify for the Esade Ramon LLull University Scholarship.  
  • Those who perform well in the entrance exam, might qualify to receive a scholarship through the European University of Atlantic. 

This brings us to the end. Hopefully, you are now feeling more informed and are closer to being able to make this incredibly important choice. If you are feeling like Spain might not be the right choice for you, or like you would have to check out some other options, please feel free to read our other articles on this topic where we focus on supplying you with this type of information on other countries. If you don’t find the country you are looking for just yet, check back in with us soon as we have more and more articles coming out in the future, and you might find what you are looking for shortly. 

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