Education in Spain

If you are moving to Spain or just want to know about the education in Spain, here we present you with useful information about it. Likewise in other countries, before higher education, there are three levels: pre-school, primary school and secondary education. Here, we are going to talk about the importance of education and also of each level. You must know that Spain definitely guarantees you a good education for your children.

The Importance of Education

Nowadays, more and more people are aware of how important education is. Education can be defined as getting best of your potential to increase your knowledge. The importance of education relies in two basic reasons; first, without education there would not be a complete training of the human mind, education teaches you to think and helps you make decisions; second, education prepares people to receive information from the rest of the world, a person is like a closed book without education; but becomes an open mind with it. To be a teacher in Spain is difficult. To access to teacher job in Spain you must pass some exams and also is required a good experience, professional skills and provide a good resume. Some teacher resume examples can help you to improve your resume and cover letter. Try to download some examples and inspire them.

How is the Education System in Spain?

The Ministry of Education and Science is in charge of the state education in Spain. Of course there are also private schools. Education in Spain is compulsory and free (from 6 to 16 years of age).

The following are the three levels:

Pre-school: 3 to 6 years of age.

It is not compulsory. There are state and private pre-schools which include specially trained staff. These schools are aimed to prepare children for social integration, to improve coordination and to teach the basics of writing and reading in the last year. In addition there are also another state pre-schools which are similar to playschools, these have a low cost.

Primary School: 6 to 12 years of age.

In this level, students get knowledge in subjects such as: Maths, Spanish language, Biology, Geography, History, Arts, Physical education, etc. A second language is also taught (English or French).

Compulsory Secondary Education: 12 to 16 years of age

This level is also referred by its initials ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) and it is divided into two cycles of two years each one. The subjects taught in this level are Spanish language, Maths, Art, English, French, Technology, etc.

After secondary education, students can take two years of schooling (16 to 18 years of age) called Bachillerato. After this, they can take an exam to enroll in a University (University Entrance Exam). Universities involve 4 years for most of the careers except for Medicine (6 years). Then are available master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

Some of the internationally known universities are:

  • University of Alfonso X El Sabio
  • University of Navarra
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Seville
  • University of the Basque Country
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona

If you are in the process of deciding for a university we invite you to read the following information:

Searching for a University

If you have already decided which career to pursue, then the next step is choosing a university. Here are some recommendations to help you choose the best university or college; read it carefully:

  • University courses: Does it offer the university courses you are looking for? Depending on your career, you must look for universities which host faculties related to your career.
  • University Size: Large universities will give you great comfort (libraries, labs, residence, etc) but they don’t always have the best quality of education that you need. Many universities have faculties in different places; the biggest buildings are for those careers with more students.
  • Accommodation: If the university you choose keeps its main campus in another city, it is necessary to choose a place to live; most colleges have a residence hall for students, principally for students of first and last year.
  • Location: If the university you prefer is too far from home and you are used to a familiar environment, you will need to talk with your family; if this doesn’t represent a problem, and you don’t mind living in a new city or having to meet new people and friends, this might be the best option for you.