Getting Your Student Visa for Teaching English in Spain: The Details

By: Megan Zambell

Excited to start your adventures in Spain, but a little shaky on how exactly to get your student visa?!  There were some helpful blogs and people along the way, but I could’ve used guidance and reassurance on the specific items below:

Note: The following information should be helpful to those of you who are hoping to get a student visa for study in Spain, especially if you’re going through the New York consulate.  The NY consulate accepts applications from permanent residents of NY, NJ, PA, CT, or DE.

Espanniversary: How I've Changed Over One Year in Barcelona

By Kayla Anderson

Let’s start at the beginning. August 19, 2017: I’m sharing a bed with my mom, phone light furiously glowing at 1am as I read and re-read ITA Alumni stories regarding teaching English in Barcelona. I’ve never been to Spain. I studied design at University and have $2,000 in my bank account. I don’t know a lick of Spanish.

My one-way flight to Barcelona is 10 days away.

Teaching In-Company Classes vs. Teaching in an Academy in Spain

By: Haley Castelvecchi

When I first arrived in Madrid, I knew I was going to have to take whatever job was offered to me. I didn’t have much experience except for my online International TEFL Academy certification course and some extra help from TTMadrid. To my surprise, I landed a job quite quickly with a consultant group that coordinated teachers and in-company classes. If you’re unfamiliar, these types of classes are when teachers travel to business and provide a lesson for adults during their normal workday. They are quite common here in Madrid, as knowing English is becoming increasingly important in many business jobs.

Teaching English in Madrid, Spain with André Mileti [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in Madrid, Spain?

Watch this video to see ITA Alumni Ambassador, André Mileti, share with us a day-in-his-life living and teaching English in Madrid, Spain.

In this video, André covers: 

  • How he legally obtained his student visa to teach English in Spain
  • Difficulty in obtaining a working visa
  • How much money he saved before moving to Madrid
  • If cost of living in Madrid is affordable
  • Whether a degree is needed to teach English in Madrid or just a TEFL certification
  • Whether it was hard adjusting to life in Spain
  • Hiring seasons for English teachers in Spain
  • A tour of his Madrid apartment
  • If non-native English speakers can get a job teaching English in Spain
  • A breakdown of his monthly expenses including rent, groceries, phone, transportation, etc... and more!

The Friends You Make Along the Way

By: Jackie Kosovich

I began my journey of moving abroad by taking the ITA Online TEFL Course. During that time, I had no idea where I wanted to move except to Europe. I had a couple friends already living in Europe in the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, I decided to move to Spain because I wanted to learn a new language, and Spanish made the most sense being from the States. I originally wanted to move to Barcelona because of the beach and because I had heard amazing things. However, I could not find a way to live there legally. After a discussion with ITA Student Affairs about where to move, they recommended their TEFL Class in Madrid, Spain, in which I could obtain my student visa. With that, I decided to move to Madrid.

When You Find a Second Home

By: Rhea Baliwala 

I moved to Madrid 2.5 years ago, and little did I know then that it's going to be my second home. Coming from a typical Indian family, I did what I was taught as the right thing to do – graduate – work – do your Masters – find your dream job (read: well-paying corporate job) and keep going up the corporate ladder following the rat race for the rest of your life. And that’s what I did – studied accounting at the undergraduate level – worked for a while – completed my MBA in Finance and then started working for an Investment Bank called JPMorgan.

Living a Memorable Life: My Teaching Journey from Latin America to Spain

By: Laura Hoppe

La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda y cómo la recuerda para contarla. Gabriel García Márquez (known as “Gabo”), one of Colombia’s most beloved authors, once wrote this very sentence. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”

 

Living in Galicia, Spain

By: Matt Mitzel

October, 2015. I was half-way through the fall semester of my junior year at the University of Maryland with winter break around the corner. My previous winter breaks had been nothing but boring and uneventful as I found it difficult to find a job for only a few weeks. I had no plans to study abroad as I was not as interested as other college students and frankly didn’t try to fit it in my schedule. My parents would have liked to have seen me study abroad, but again, I exhibited a lack of interest. This winter break would be different as I knew that I wanted to go somewhere because my college career would be completed within a year and a half. When else would I be able to travel without having to worry about the responsibilities and constraints of my adult life? After discussing with my parents and a distant cousin in Germany, I decided to book a ticket to Europe for the upcoming January. I would be going solo and viewed this as an experience to see the world and I guess the cliché “find myself”. I returned from my trip just in time for the spring semester and I discovered my true passion: traveling and seeing the world and its many cultures.