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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.
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.
By: McKenzie Perkins
By Remy Lambson
I arrived in Valencia one month before my lovely wife did, so therefore I was dealt the ‘please find us an apartment before October’ card. At the beginning, all was well as I knew somebody from the International TEFL Academy alumni group that was allowing me to stay with them whilst I looked for a reasonable place to live. I had already made and paid for several online housing reservations before arriving, just to find out that they were rejected because the room was already occupied, or because the landlord didn’t accept couples, or, simply because they didn’t feel like renting to someone that day. Queue the weeks of waiting for agency refunds. Having a quarter of our total saved ‘Spain money’ out in cyberspace with no good estimate of when it would land back in the bank account, on top of still having nowhere to live, put a lot of pressure on me to find somewhere decent and affordable to live ASAP. Coming into the apartment hunt, I had no intention to pay anything over 300 euros per month for a room in a shared flat, a very feasible goal given the relatively low cost of living in Spain, and Valencia in particular.
By Sydney Lund
By: McKenzie Perkins
If you told me a year ago that I would be living in Spain with my best friend-slash-love-of-my-life, I would have laughed and thought “as if”. But, as they say, life is what happens when you aren’t paying attention, and, somehow, I’m living my dream with my favorite person in the world.
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.
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!
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.