Teach English in Madrid or Barcelona: Spain Student Visa to Work Legally For Americans & Non-EU Citizens
 
 
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!
 
 
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, including guaranteed job interviews and job placement assistance as well as Spanish classes for the duration of your visa. Select options allow for additional language explorations other than Spanish.   
 
The Beginners Guide to Teaching English in Spain
 
Teach English in Spain on a Student Visa Program
 
 
Which student visa option is right for me?
 
Spain student visa options are available in both Barcelona and Madrid. You can expand on a summary of each option below and click through to the individual city student visa pages for additional details. 
 
 
   Madrid Visa Options:
 
Includes: Madrid TEFL Class plus 1-year student visa (including Spanish language and culture classes). Job placement assistance for teaching English in Madrid, housing assistance, visa assistance and additional support is included.
 
Fee: Approximately $4,200 USD ($900 USD deposit + 2,900 Euro balance). The total cost for this option does not include any visa fees. All visa fees must be paid by the student to the consulate directly. Visa fee for Americans is approximately $160 USD.
 
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Includes: 1-year student visa (including Spanish language and culture classes). Job placement assistance for teaching English in Madrid, housing assistance, visa assistance and additional support is included.
 
Fee: Approximately $2,500 USD (600 Euro deposit + 1,600 Euro balance). This fee does not include your TEFL Course tuition. The total cost for this option also does not include any visa fees. All visa fees must be paid by the student to the consulate directly. Visa fee for Americans is approximately $160 USD.
 
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Includes: 1-year student visa (including Spanish language and culture classes). Job placement assistance for teaching English in Madrid, housing assistance, visa assistance and additional support is included. Also includes 6 hours of observed student teaching practice.
 
Fee: Approximately $2,890 USD (2,600 Euros) including Spanish language lessons, student teaching, student visa, 1-week practicum and orientation, and local support for 1 year. This fee does not include your TEFL Course tuition. The total cost for the program also does not include any visa fees. All visa fees must be paid by the student to the consulate directly. Visa fee for Americans is approximately $160 USD.
 
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Madrid Student Visa Homepage
 
 
    Barcelona Visa Options:
 
Designed for: Those looking to complete an accredited TEFL course in Barcelona and receive a student visa in Barcelona.
 
Includes: Barcelona TEFL Class plus a 8-12 month student visa (your choice on lenght of time). Language classes are not restricted to just Spanish and also include Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, and Hebrew. 
 
Fees: Ranges from 3,250 Euros for the 1 month TEFL class and 7 months of language classes for an 8 month student visa ranging up to 4,100 Euros for a 12-month student visa for TEFL class and language classes. 
 
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Designed for: ITA TEFL graduates only (no other company certificates accepted) who have successfully completed our TEFL, TESOL, CELTA course in-person or our Online TEFL course, looking to receive a student visa in Barcelona Spain. 
 
Includes: 7-12 months of language classes and a student visa. Language classes are not restricted to just Spanish and also include Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, and Hebrew. 
 
Fees: Ranges from 1,850 Euro for a 7-month language study to 2,900 Euro for a 12-month language study.
 
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Barcelona Student Visa Homepage
 
 
 
Teach English in Spain on a Student Visa Program
 
 
Barcelona vs. Madrid
 
Can't decide between Barcelona or Madrid? Our ITA alumni are here to share their favorite aspects of living life in these two cities to help aid in your decision...
 
 
Barcelona Highlights:
 
 
"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 meetup.com 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!" - Bekka Burton
 
 
"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!" - Allen Tunstall
 
 
"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!" - Jillian Morgen
 
 
 
Madrid Highlights:
 
 
"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." - Emily Egan
 
 
"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." - Colin Brown
 
 
"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." - Andrea Hart