Why study in Spain?
A universal language
Spanish is the mother tongue of nearly 400 million people around the world and is the official language of 20 countries. In addition to Spain, Spanish is the official language of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It is also widely spoken in other countries including Canada, Morocco, the Philippines and the United States, as well as Brazil, where it is the second official language.
Sharing a common language has, without doubt, made Spain a particularly attractive destination for Latin American and Hispanic and Spanish-speaking students from the United States, who clearly understand the benefits of studying within a competitive education system that offers the highest standards of quality, without the need to invest time in learning a new language.
Spain is also one of the most popular destinations for learning Spanish as a foreign language, particularly in the case of English speakers from the United States and Asia who want to learn Spanish, and students from other European Union countries.
Varied cultural influences
Many of Spain's cities, and even little-known enclaves well off the beaten track, are home to monuments of great historic and architectural interest, not to mention the extraordinary landscapes to be found throughout the Iberian peninsula.
There are few societies like Spain's that can boast a culture so down to earth and in touch with reality while at the same time remaining deeply rooted in popular tradition, even after experiencing a revitalization and modernization without precedent in Europe. The great names in Spanish art have been bold and innovative in their fields: Goya, Velazquez, Picasso in painting; Cervantes, Quevedo, Galdós in literature; Falla, Albéniz, Turina in music; Buñuel, Almodóvar, Amenabar in cinema, etc.
Spain's unique culture is, however, the product of a heritage enriched by the many external influences to which it has been subjected over the course of its long history. The geographic location of the Iberian Peninsula makes it a natural bridge between the cultures of the north and south of Europe, America, Africa and the East. The vicissitudes of history have made it a meeting point for many different cultures, creating a rich and diverse cultural legacy in which an intense past is evident.