Everything You Need to Know About Spain Student Visas


Student Visa Options To Teach English in Spain

  • Do you want to get TEFL certified and teach English in Spain?
  • Are you looking for a way to live legally in Spain and improve your Spanish or learn another language?
  • Are you an American or other native/fluent English speaker from a non-European Union (EU) country?

If you answered yes to all of the above, one of our Spain Student Visa options may be a fit for you!

ITA alumnus Allen Tunstall in Spain

What is a Student Visa?

A student visa allows Americans & other non-E.U. citizens to live legally & teach English in Spain while taking part-time classes in Spanish language & culture. Select options allow for additional language explorations.

Why Should I Choose a Student Visa Option to Teach English in Spain?

If the thought of teaching English under the table in Spain without a work visa seems daunting to you, then you should explore our various student visa offerings.

Not only do student visas allow English teachers to live, travel and teach in Spain for up to 20 hours per week, but they also provide you the opportunity to learn the local language!

The length of validity on a student visa is dependent upon which student visa option is selected. All options include continued support before, during, and after arrival. Select options allow for additional language explorations other than Spanish.

Read More: How to Apply for a Student Visa to Legally Teach English in Spain

Read More: What Is Teaching English Abroad "Under the Table" Without a Work Visa?

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Which Student Visa Option is Right for Me?

Spain student visa options are available in both Barcelona and Madrid.

Barcelona Student Visa Options

What's offered 👇

OPTION A: Language Study Only

Designed for ITA TEFL graduates only (no other company certificates accepted) who have successfully completed our in-person & online TEFL courses, looking to receive a student visa in Barcelona, Spain.

OPTION B: TEFL Course + Language Study

Designed for those looking to complete an accredited TEFL course in Barcelona and receive a student visa in Barcelona.


Madrid Student Visa Options

What's offered 👇

PROGRAM 1: For Madrid TEFL Course Students

Madrid TEFL Course plus 1-year Student Visa offered through Universidad Europea del Atlantico.

PROGRAM 2: For Other Onsite TEFL Course Students

Designed for ITA's In-person TEFL course graduates who have successfully completed a fully accredited in-person TEFL course & want a 1-year Student Visa to live & teach English in Spain.

PROGRAM 3: For Online TEFL Course Students

Designed for ITA's Online TEFL course graduates who have successfully completed a fully accredited online TEFL course & want a 1-year Student Visa to live & teach English in Spain.


TEFL Certification Options for
Teaching English in Spain

Based in Chicago, IL, International TEFL Academy is a World leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad. We offer internationally accredited TEFL Classes online & in 21 locations worldwide. We certify 6,000 people a year from all walks of life to teach English abroad and online, and our graduates are teaching English in 80 countries across the globe.

All classes, including our two online courses, are taught by experienced university-level instructors and incorporate live practice teaching (practicum).

All ITA students receive lifetime worldwide Job Search Guidance.

Online TEFL Courses

Full-time/Part-time 💻

ITA offers two Online TEFL Courses that are taught by expert professors & incorporate live practice teaching. These 2 courses enable you to get certified at home in just 4 weeks, or in 11 weeks while working full-time or going to school.


Worldwide TEFL Courses

4-Week, Full-Time 🏫

International TEFL Academy offers accredited TEFL certification 4-week courses in 23 locations worldwide. 


TEFL Course Dates & Tuition

Online & In-Person

Check out dates and tuition for our two Online TEFL Courses and our 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses located in 23 cities around the world.



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ITA Alumni Teaching English in Barcelona & Madrid

Bekka Burton

Teaches English in Barcelona

Bekka Burton

In a city as international as Barcelona, whatever you want you can find here! I'm currently taking a Jamaican dancehall class. I joined a hiking group that I found on and that was one of the best things I could've done here. I have met several good friends through this group and I have seen so many cool parts of Spain and France that I would never have known otherwise! You'll also never get bored of eating here - they have everything!

Emily Egan

Teaches English in Madrid

Emily Egan

Life in Madrid is upbeat. It reminds me of New York City, but everyone seems to be happier. It is easy to adapt here because so many people in Madrid still speak some English, especially because there are so many people from different parts of Europe living here, so if you don't know Spanish you are not completely clueless about what is going on around you. The nightlife here never ends. There are bars and discos everywhere. You can always find somewhere to go.

Allen Tunstall

Teaches English in Barcelona

Allen Tunstall

Living in Barcelona for 3 years, there is never a dull moment. There have been and continue to be outstanding people I have met, good and bad experiences that I treasure, food that brings nothing but pure joy to my taste buds, breathtaking and inspiration cities traveled, siestas (that often last longer than they should), festivals that have given me cultural insights, wine that flows from morning long into the next day, and much more, I'm not even exaggerating!

Colin Brown

Teaches English in Madrid

Colin Brown

The culture in Madrid is generally very laid back. It offers all the excitement and hustle of a typical city, but moves much slower than its American counterparts. More priority is given to social time and meeting friends, and vacation is more abundant. Public transport is very good - Madrid has one of the best metro systems in the world! Planes, trains, and buses will get you everywhere you need to go for relatively cheap. There is also a large American expat presence in Madrid.

Jillian Morgen

Teaches English in Barcelona

Jillian Morgen

If you're considering Barcelona, you probably already know about its nightlife. This goes along with the culture and the food in Barcelona. It's normal to eat dinner at 10pm. In fact, if you're eating between 6-8pm, people will definitely know you are not from around there. So once you're done eating dinner, stroll to the beach for the massive nightclubs, or meander through the side streets until you find a Caribbean bar with the BEST mojitos!

Andrea Hart

Teaches English in Madrid

Andrea Hart

The culture in Madrid is wonderful! People are very friendly and helpful. They definitely run on the Spaniard clock, so if you are meeting up with Spanish friends and they say 11, they mean 11:30. As far as nightlife (clubbing), these people are party animals! Most people do not go out until 1am and they like to stay out until 5 or 6am. Madrid is full of events and there is always something going on: intercambios, copas in the many plazas, festivals, food markets, and much more.

Visit the Asia section of our blog & our video library for more stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Spain.