New Ruling for Foreign Student Access to Spanish Universities
- Beginning in the 2014/2015 academic year, the university entrance exam for foreign students wishing to study in Spanish universities has been eliminated (Royal Decree 412/2014 of 6th June 2014, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports)
- The elimination of the university entrance exam facilitates access for foreign students into Spanish universities.
- Each university will now establish its own admission criteria for those students who have obtained the corresponding qualifications in their country of origin for access to Spanish university.
- Students coming from non-EU countries or countries without a reciprocity agreement may access official courses following prior recognition of their academic qualifications.
- In cases where recognition of studies carried out in foreign education systems is required for the purposes of access to university, universities may admit students, on a conditional basis, who show proof of application for the recognition of their studies while the recognition process is being resolved.
- For students who have carried out partial studies or who have completed their studies without obtaining their official recognition, and who wish to continue their studies in Spain, the university in which they wish to study will be required to accredit at least 30 ECTS* credits.
- Those students who fulfil the legal requirements for admission to third-level education may apply for a place within the Spanish university of their choosing.
*ECTS corresponds to the European Credit Transfer System, adopted by all universities within the European Higher Education Area to guarantee the equality and quality of studies on offer. Each credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work carried out by the student and includes class time, study, seminars, projects, and exams and assessment.