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Why You Need A Professional Consultant As An International Student

As an Indian student in a foreign country, you will be facing many hurdles to adjust to the new environment surrounding you. The most common difficulties you will be facing are the cultural shock, language barrier, maintaining your finances, homesickness, time zone differences, weather condition, and a few more.

In this article, I am going to dwell upon a particular problem that I faced during my time in Spain -the process of getting all the required documents that are needed as an international student and how a professional consultant like LEAP can help you save a great amount of time, money, and energy.  

If you are an international student in a country which speaks a different language, the hurdles you will be facing increases compared to the students who speak the local language. It is not something that you can’t overcome, in fact I did overcome them with a great amount of help by my friends who had the language efficiency and as well who knew about the necessary paper works.

Despite all the help, I always felt that I am doing catching up work rather than being on top of the things. This is when having a professional consultant by your side will help you be one step ahead at all the times and this is what you want as an international student so that you can concentrate on your studies and look for an internship in your time abroad.

1 .Empadronamiento

Empadronamiento (or Padron) will be the first thing that you have to do once you reach Spain. It is a registration process in the city hall to inform the government about where you currently reside.

To get your Empadronamiento you will have to fill up the  Solicitud de Empadronamiento (application form) and get a written document from the owner of the flat stating that you reside at the given address along with the signed copy of his/her ID and the contract.

The problem started here as the house owner spoke almost no English and I spoke almost no Spanish, after some hassle and lots of google translation I got the written document. The next hurdle was to find out which city hall to go toget the Empadronamiento since most of the city hall works only till 14.30 only a very few city halls are open till 19.30.

I had my classes in the morning and the city hall next to where I was residing was always crowded so I had to find a city hall which would be apt for my timing but it turned out not so easy. Different people were giving different suggestions and at last, I had to miss a day’s class to get this work done. If I have had LEAP backing me up and guiding me through this process,I would have not missed my classes.


A NIE (número de identidad de extranjero) is the national identification number issued to all non-Spanish people seeking temporary residency. When you apply for NIE, the Spanish government gives you a paper with your NIE number and some basic personal information on it.

All EU citizens are required to have this number and this process is comparatively easy. But If you are a non-EU citizen, you must apply for a TIE. A TIE (tarjeta de identidad de extranjero) is a card that has your picture, NIE number, address, and where you are studying.

 To get the TIE, you are required to get an appointment at an immigration office which by itself can be a big hurdle. Depending on which police station you are willing to go to or which city you are in, the nearest appointment you can get might be up to a month later.

I had no clue about this, and I did not start this process immediately due to which I had to miss further two classes. I was in a hurry to get my TIE since I had to wait for 36  days for my appointment. To get the TIE you need several documents like application form EX-17, tax form 790 code 012, receipt of paying the tax, proof of enrolment in the school, appointment confirmation and much more.

Keep in mind that all theses documents will be in Spanish so you must be very careful while filling them and you cannot miss out on a document while going for the appointment. If you end up going without a document, then you will have to get another appointment and wait for several days before you get your TIE.

If I had a professional consultant like LEAP, they would have recommended me to apply for an appointment as soon as I arrived in Spain and helped me with the TIE process.Thinking back now, it would have been of great help and a stress-free processhad I got their services.

3. Bank Account

A bank account is very important for several reasons. It will help you to send and receive money during your studies, if you are doing a paid internship you need a bank account, to pay tour taxes and so on. Not all the banks are the same as with any other country banks.

Almost all banks will insist you to get one of their insurance packages when you open your bank account and most probably there will be some hidden charges. You will come to know about this only when they start taking the money from your account since all the documents you signed will be in Spanish and you wouldn’t have understood everything that is written.

This is exactly what happened in my case and I ended up paying a huge sum of money every month for insurance that I did not need for a year. Having LEAP behind you will completely eliminate this problem and will definitely help you save money during your time in Spain. They will guide you to the best bank possible with the best insurance possible depending upon your needs.

4. Internship/Work

If you’re  in Spain on a student visa, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week.Even if you have good educational credentials, to find an internship/work, it will be immensely helpful if there is someone to guide you through the whole process  to find the right internship.

I had a CV prepared by myself which I thought was a good one and I applied in several companies. One after the other I was being rejected and I was worried that I might not get an internship. At this point, one of my friends who works as an HR checked my CV and made a few corrections after which I landed upon an internship opportunity within a month.

Like I mentioned earlier, I got through all the hassles with the help of many friends but if I had a professional consultant behind me, my life as an international student would have been a much easier one than what I had. After getting an internship the official paperwork begins. You must get an appointment and submit several documents which will all be made easy having LEAP supporting you through the entire process.

5. Renewal of TIE

Renewal of TIE was by far the biggest hurdle I had to go through during my time in Spain.You can start working on your renewal application 60 days before your student visa expires, and up to 90 days after expiry. The first step is to get an appointment at the Extranjería office.

As soon as I got the appointment, I unfortunately had to leave for India due to a family emergency. I had only a couple of weeks before my scheduled appointment, but I still was not sure about the procedures and I did not have all the documents ready.

This is when I came to know aboutLEAP through one of my friends in Barcelona who had previously sought out their help. I made a contact with LEAP and I explained my situation, they were very happy to guide me through the process.

They were in constant touch with me and sent me the documents required for my renewal process.They made sure that everything is in order (like EX-00 form, Tasa form, contract letter, etc) by the time I reached back to Barcelona. All I had to on the day of the appointment was to show up with the documents.

Especially since I did not speak Spanish, without the help of LEAP, it would have been very difficult for me to go through this process from India.

As an Indian, I had to go through a lot of paper work before I got my student visa to Spain. It was a cumbersome process since there are not many articles explaining the procedures but once I got my visa, I thought my struggles are over.

This problem continued even after I left the country and reached Spain. There were many procedures from obtaining a document to securing an internship. There are a lot of small things which we are not totally aware of. A professional consultant like LEAP will help you bridge this gap and make your whole experience a seamless one.

It is never a bad idea to be always a step ahead!

Studied MBA Entrepreneurship in Barcelona year 2019 – Osman Hamadi (Egypt)

One of the main reasons I decided to study in Barcelona was being a fan of FC Barcelona since I was eight years old.

I’ve been following the club for almost twenty years at the time, and was looking for the top cities in Europe to study business administration.

I guess I was lucky that my favorite club represents one of the best cities on earth to study business, with two MBA programs at IESE and ESADE listed on the top 15 MBAs globally, I knew it was the perfect destination for me.

When I landed in Barcelona for the first time, a city in which I know no one and never visited before, I just wanted to go and see the famous Camp Nou, the historical stadium of FC Barcelona, which is also the biggest football stadium in Europe.

In my first day in the city, I went to my residence and then found out that my Business School was walking distance, so I decided it made sense to go to school first.

In my second day, I had my first ever Public Transportation experience in Barcelona, and I made it to the Camp Nou.

It was a magical experience, I went live of Facebook to show my friends and family back home that I made it, I’m actually standing in front of the stadium of the club that I’ve been following my whole life, it was surreal.

Two weeks after landing in Barcelona, I had the opportunity to go and watch my first-ever match inside the Camp Nou, I was going to watch Messi and Suarez and Neymar playing Live! I was going to watch Iniesta and Busquets and Pique and Daniel Alves and Ter Stegen!!

I actually couldn’t believe it, and the cherry on top of my cake was that the visiting team was coached by my idol, the one and only Pep Guardiola!

I went to that FC Barcelona – Manchester City match on 19-10-2016 with a friend. Messi decided to give me a warm welcome, by scoring a hat-trick.

Two minutes before the end of that match, my friend told me it would be better to leave the stadium now, to avoid the traffic caused by almost 100,000 spectators leaving the stadium at the end, so we left, and didn’t watch Neymar’s last minute goal. The game ended with FC Barcelona winning 4-0, what a game!

Since that day, I’ve kept watching FC Barcelona’s matches and following the team as I’ve always done, and had the opportunity to watch many other matches inside the Camp Nou, my total so far is around 10 live matches, I feel blessed.

The atmosphere in Barcelona on days of big games is unmatchable, the whole city is as crazy as I am about football and about their team, it is definitely my football heaven!

One unforgettable day was the day of the greatest “remontada” in the history of the Champions League, when FC Barcelona came back from a 0-4 defeat against PSG and won 6-1 in the Camp Nou.

It is very hard to explain how the city of Barcelona was that night, but feels like the inside of a passionate fan’s head when his team does the impossible, something you can’t ever forget.

Studied MBA Entrepreneurship in Barcelona: 2018 – Zohair Ahujar (Pakistan/England)


Barcelona for Foodies

Hey guys! Barcelona is a great city with rich culture, history and beauty. With that it’s a great place for foodies too. You can find all sorts of restaurants from Vegan to Steakhouses to Seafood for all budgets.

Leap has been a great way to network with different students from different backgrounds that are in a similar situation as me, when I was a student. They organised many mixers for students to come together network and find opportunities but with that opened the door to many gastronomic places.

If you are in town or meeting up because of these mixers by Leap, don’t forgot to try places like BoDeBe for amazing sandwiches to have on the go or sat at the park across the lobster in Barceloneta, where we would meet as a group in Summer to discuss education & career options with Leap

Leap creates a community of students around you who are in a similar situation and that can relate. I have made some great friends that I still hang out with today. Leap is great to put us in causal to formal situations like evening mixers at Clubhaus where we met for dinner and games to get to know one another better, great place to be for their tacos but the atmosphere they help create is what counts. We were always around international groups of people that you are always learning.

Leap helped make friends and explore the city in a new way. Leap made me fall in love with this city. With such a great bunch of friends, we try to meet up every week to go to the many restaurants like Pulperia for their amazing Octopus and tapas, or Grasshopper for the Ramen or Toyo for their mouth-watering Sushi.

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Valencia


Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona with a population of around 800,000 people. It is the capital of the autonomous region with the same name, situated on the banks of the Turia River, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea

Its heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

Valencia also is a wonderfully livable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city.

On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter.

Surrounded by its huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, Valencia is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more; it is a superb spot for eating.


ESIC Business and Marketing School (ESIC)

Since its foundation in 1965, ESIC (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Comerciales) has earned several awards for their outstanding Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA’s, and Postgraduate and Executive education, like their prestigious Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales Management, which has been ranked as #1 course in Spain for consecutive years.

A pioneer in Marketing education, ESIC has developed their offer over the years and has a special focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy today.

With 12 campuses in Spain and a worldwide network of higher education institutions make the school an excellent option for those who wish to receive a comprehensive and global quality education. ESIC has agreements with 2,500 companies and makes sure that their graduates are placed within excellent positions after finishing the study program.


IMF Business School (IMF)

IMF Business School is an international business school, which since its creation in 2001 has been committed to quality training with programs that have the academic endorsement of universities adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) – Providing prestigious stately accredited degrees.

IMF is a top notch business school with multiple campuses in Spain, Latin America and Asia, as well as collaborations with other universities on five continents.

The school has an extensive catalogue of official and professional masters and more than 900 courses are taught by a faculty of doctors and professionals with extensive experience in each of their sectors, training their students in the fields of Technical Sciences and Engineering, Health Sciences and Education, Economic and Business Sciences, Legal Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities.


EEME Escuela Europea de Marketing y Empresa (EEME)

The European School of Marketing and Business was born with the intention of training students and professionals to meet the demand for skilled jobs in business management using the latest marketing disciplines.

The objective of the school is to bridge the gap between the conventional formal training and the practical aspect of digital marketing business issues.

EEME Business School is made up of active professionals in the field of marketing and business management, with many years of experience leading reputed companies around the world.

EEME created a training plan which aims at filling the positions which are currently in demand on the labour market with highly qualified professionals. This plan was able to bring together the best and most current content on different subjects to combine them into first class programs.

But the real strength of EEME’s training proposal is provided by the teaching staff, experts carefully selected from the academic and business fields at national and international level. Learning with the best teachers available is the greatest value they provide to students.

Why Study Business in Spain?

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Why study business?

Your passion may be making videos, designing buildings, or playing football. Whatever your skillset and interests, there is always a business side to it. Think about it – business is part of the language we use when we talk about the entertainment industry, project financing, and sports marketing.

Everything has a “business” side to it – every industry needs marketers, financial analysts, managers and technology support staff … in other words, business majors!

Business as a field of study is very practical – it is the study of applying ideas to create or add value to a product or service in order to generate a profit. Business majors learn how to research information using quantitative skills and then develop ideas based on that information to solve problems.

Business also involves people – customers, suppliers and employees – so communication and interpersonal skills are vitally important as well.

What do business majors study?

The most common business majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Management
  • Fashion and Luxury Management
  • Hotel Management

There are of course other fields and – most importantly – it is up to you and your personal interest to decide what fits best for you and your plans for the future.

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ESADE, N1 Business school Spain, #16 Business school world ranking & IE, Global MBA #1 QS World ranking 

Why and where to study business majors in Spain?

There are a number of countries with very good universities to choose from and Spain is certainly one of the most attractive for a variety of reasons. Football, flamenco dancing and good food are just a few of the reasons to visit Spain.

Though the promise of wine, tapas and the occasional siesta is a draw for many students looking to sample Spanish culture, it’s also the country’s architecture that makes it a prime destination for many foreigners. The top 5 cities to study are Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga.

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Barcelona


Barcelona, the historic capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular cities. It is the second largest city of Spain with a population of 1.6 million inhabitants and a buzzing and vibrant place.

Set between the mountains and sea at the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain it is a stunning seaside city that flaunts her beauty and sunny lifestyle. Gorgeous scenery, breathtaking architecture, and superb cultural attractions make for an alluring destination. Sunny beaches and the balmy Mediterranean climate add to the charm.

Barcelona is packed with galleries, museums and historical attractions. In particular it has an atmospheric medieval quarter, the Barri Gòtic, with an almost magical old-world ambience, but at the same time it is also famous for its Modernist architecture. The architect Antoni Gaudí left a lasting mark on Barcelona with his avant-garde Surrealist buildings, several of which are UNESCO listed.

Barcelona is also famous for its cuisine with some of the best seafood the Mediterranean has to offer, and plenty of excellent restaurants and bars serving tapas.


IESE Business School (IESE)

IESE Business School Barcelona is part of the University of Navarra, having one of the campuses in the northern part of the marvellous Catalan capital city, in the Pedralbes neighbourhood.

Founded in 1958 it is ranked as The Best Business School in Barcelona, 8th Best Business School in Europe, and 10th Best in the world. Harvard Business School partnered with IESE in 1994, creating awesome joint study programmes for both sets of students.


ESADE Business School (ESADE)

ESADE Business School Barcelona is a prestigious Business School with several campus buildings and facilities spread out throughout Barcelona and its surroundings (Sant Cugat).

ESADE is a global academic institution known for the quality of its education, its international outlook and its clear focus on holistic personal development.

It has earned its title as the second-best Business School in Barcelona, possessing other titles such as the 6th Best Business School in Europe and the 17th Best in the world. ESADE Business School Barcelona also works a lot with Latin American universities, encouraging a student exchange approach from those institutions.


GBSB Global Business School (GBSB)

GBSB Global Business School is an internationally accredited business school in Spain that provides business education in English to students from around the world and prepares future graduates to launch a successful career globally.

The institution supports high standards of international business education confirmed by several international councils and applies an innovative approach using case studies, simulations, industrial visits, and meetups with market leaders. 

GBSB Global Business School is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC).


ESEI International Business School (ESEI)

ESEI is a recognized International Higher Education Institution offering Bachelor programmes and Master programmes, founded in 1989.

Geneva Business School

Geneva Business School (GBSGE)

Geneva Business School is a prominent Swiss Business School founded in 1995 in Geneva with principal campuses in Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid. Through its international focus, dedicated to preparing the world’s leaders for success, GBSGE encourages students to develop their full intellectual potential and pursue excellence.

The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, online doctorates, executive programs and summer courses that give you the opportunity to gain valuable business skills.

What Can Higher Education Institutions Do Today To Address The Challenges Brought By COVID-19?

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As is the case for many parts of our environment COVID-19 also has major impacts on global higher education institutions since they had to shut down a few weeks ago. Spanish Universities were closed on March 14th and the national state of emergency was extended to April 11th for now.

The first priority for all schools is to ensure the health and safety of their students and their staff while most institutions have taken different actions to continue teaching on a virtual basis. But what comes next?

During the remainder of 2020 and most likely 2021, restrictions in global travel will have an impact on young people studying abroad, especially in popular study destinations like the US, UK, Australia or Canada.

Consequently, the actions, which institutions are taking today, will determine if the respective schools will survive this indefinite travel ban, as there will be a shortage of students who sign up for universities far from their home countries.

On the other hand, the way we deal with this global challenge now has revealed new approaches with regard to teaching, business, and society.

What can higher education institutions do today to address the challenges brought by COVID-19?

At LEAP, we have seen different approaches in education:

  • Educating students on health guidelines and social distancing;
  • Combination of online with on-campus learning. Start online, continue on-campus;
  • Discounts on study programs; Introduction of program refund policies;
  • Loosening admission policies (e.g. IB/IGCSE/National High School exams were postponed this year);
  • Conditional admission;
  • Extending deadlines.

EAIE conducted a survey recently and listed some of the actions that institutions around the world have implemented in the last couple of months:

  • Communicate with your students, on-campus and abroad. Be understanding and supporting, provide guidance;
  • Establish policies regarding canceled abroad programs and provide guidance regarding travel restrictions;
  • Provide guidance regarding health insurance coverage;
  • Offer support to access financial funds where possible;
  • Communicate with your partners and strengthen the relationship. this provides great opportunities to plan common webinars, virtual classrooms, SM campaigns, etc.
  • Keep your followers and community updated on guidelines provided by your institutions, the WHO and the government.

Bottom line is, whilst facing this global crisis, we have to realize that the world will keep spinning and the September (fall semester) is approaching soon.

Although these are very difficult and challenging times, higher education institutions have to plan ahead and secure their existence, workplaces, and incoming students.

On the other hand, students have to keep planning their future – online courses are a good starting option until the situation goes back to normal. Now is a good time to evaluate study options, institutions and start the application process.

A question that comes mind as an IoT enthusiast – which role will technology play in education in 2020 and how will it transform the education industry if the travel ban stays in place longer than expected?

Top Private Institutions to Study Business in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Skyline, study business

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain with almost 3.3 million inhabitants. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula and is surrounded by mountains and natural parks. Although it is located in the center of the country, it has traditionally been the hub between different areas of Spain and is therefore connected to all major Spanish cities by train, road or air.

Full of energy and packed with cultural attractions, Madrid is a modern metropolis that offers a taste of real Spain. Wide avenues are congested with traffic, but beautiful parks break up the urban sprawl. Madrid doesn’t have the traditional charm of Andalusia or the beauty of Barcelona, instead, it offers an exciting atmosphere and is constantly buzzing with activity.

Madrid has a lot of interesting attractions that offer both culture and amusement.

The city is full of great monuments, like the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor, or the many statuettes The museums Del Prado, Reina Sofia, or Thyssen have some of the most fantastic collections of famous Spanish painters like Velazquez, Goya, Picasso or Miro.

IE Business School

IE Business School (IE)

Recognized as one of the top business schools in the world based on international rankings, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and delegations across five continents.

The school has a faculty of more than 500 professors who currently teach students from 128 countries at the graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as offering Masters in Management, MBAs and Executive MBAs, Masters in Finance, and Doctoral and Executive Education programs.

With a risk-taking and boundary-breaking entrepreneurial foundation, IE Business School is an institution of restless learning. An institution of powerful connection. An institution that always strives for more.

Its global network represents international, transformational entrepreneurial vision. From its Bachelors to its Doctorates, IE Business School mirrors the market, molding its education to incorporate current trends using innovative methodologies. 

Catering to the real needs of the real world, IE Business School offers a range of formats (full-time, part-time, and blended) to ensure the utmost flexibility in its Programs. At IE Business School, what you imagine is possible is only the beginning.

Real Madrid C.F.and Universidad Europea de Madrid

Universidad Europea (UEM) and Real Madrid Graduate School

Universidad Europea, with four campuses in Spain, two in Madrid (Villaviciosa de Odón and Alcobendas), one in Valencia and one in the Canary Islands (La Orotava), is an innovative institution geared towards adding value to society and contributing to its progress.

At Universidad Europea students acquire knowledge and develop skills and values through an educational model in which they learn by doing, in an interdisciplinary and international setting, immersed in the profession from day one, and through the use of space and technology that has revolutionized learning.

In 2006 Real Madrid C.F.and Universidad Europea de Madrid created the first University School specialized in sports and its relationship with management, health, communications and leisure/recreation.

The Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea extends beyond the boundaries of sports by training professional leaders in all the disciplines that are associated, one way or another, with this area.

The graduate programs focus on different areas and are designed for university graduates and working professionals from different sectors linked to both professional and amateur sports.

AE (Escuela de Administración de Empresas in Spanish)

EAE Business School (EAE)

EAE (Escuela de Administración de Empresas in Spanish) is an exquisite Business and Management higher education institution located in the central urban area of Barcelona. With more than 50 years of teaching and training heritage, EAE is ranked as the 3rd best Business School in the whole country of Spain.

Also, as another plus, it is also one of the most international higher education institutions in Barcelona, and Spain, for that matter. And, if that’s not enough, know that its link with Latin America is even stronger than the rest, having some campuses in these countries, not just some collaborations.

ESNE University

ESNE University School of Design, Innovation and Technology (ESNE)

Accredited by ANECA, ESNE-University School of Design, Innovation and Technology, has more than 200 professors who have profound professional experience in their respective industries. This knowledge is used to transform the classrooms into highly practical. and innovative environments that provide the soil for creative minds to grow.

ESNE is a pioneer in combining cutting edge innovations from the fields of Design, Fashion and Technology and enriches their curriculum through partnerships with top companies to prepare the graduates for the labour market. This proven approach has revealed top employability rates and a large number of entrepreneurs who won several awards in the past


CEU Fundación Universitaria San Pablo (CEU)

The CEU is an institution which, for more than 80 years, has worked to promote comprehensive education for individuals at all educational levels. Founded in 1933 by the Catholic Association of Propagandists (ACdP), it has 21 educational establishments, from where more than 300 different educational programmes are provided, from Infant Education to Postgraduate.

Specifically, the CEU has three private universities, whose aims are focused on the search for academic and professional excellence, innovation in its educational projects and teaching its students human values and virtues.

Legal Requirements for Non-EU Students to Come to Spain

If you are planning to come from a non-EU country and study in Spain, there are some important requirements that you will need to fulfill.  These steps are divided into two groups: 
– Visa requirements (In your home country)  – Residence requirements (Upon arriving in Spain).
This article gives a general overview that provides you with adequate information about all necessary processes.  

1. Pre-Arrival (Visa requirements)

After identifying which study path you would like to pursue, the next step would be to initiate communication with your desired university/school in Spain to get the admission approval.
Upon receiving your admission confirmation, you will have to communicate with the Spanish Embassy in your country to set an appointment for obtaining a student-visa.   In general, the Embassy will ask you to prepare a list of documents, those normally include:

  • Passport (Make sure it is updated)
  • ID with photo
  • Admission confirmation from a Spanish School/University
  • Transcripts (authenticated high school or university transcripts in English)
  • Proof of payment (for your studies in Spain, for the entire study fee or partial depending on school and program requirements)
  • Proof of financial capability (bank statement from your account or your sponsor’s account
  • Health Insurance (obtained from your country to cover your first months in Spain)
  • Accommodation (where you will stay upon your arrival in Spain)
  • Flight booking (indicating your intended date of travel and date of return to your country)
  • Visa fee (varies depending on your country’s rates)

2. Upon-Arrival (Residence requirements)

After obtaining your student visa and your arrival in Spain, the next step would be to obtain your student-residence card (NIE). 
NIE is a requirement for both EU and non-EU students coming to Spain and it is the number associated with every foreigner living in Spain.
It is mandatory by Spanish law to apply for the NIE within your first 30 days in Spain. 

Below is an overview of the steps required to get your NIE card:

Empadronamiento: which is the residence certificate that a student needs to obtain from the local council to show his/her address in Spain.
University/School documents: your school or university should provide documents indicating that you are enrolled in a program that lasts more than 6 months.
Appointment: to get the NIE you will need to book an appointment (Cita Previa) with the Spanish immigration authority to submit all documents and your fingerprints. Booking this appointment is a major problem in Barcelona, as it is very difficult to obtain, even if you speak Spanish. 
Therefore booking this appointment is a major problem in Barcelona and it is very difficult to obtain, even if you speak Spanish. 
Card: approximately, after one month of your appointment, you will receive your NIE card.

What are the NIE/TIE and How to Get One?

The NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) is a unique identification number assigned to each non-Spanish person who wants to reside in Spain. For citizens of the European Union, no residence permit or visa are needed to live in Spain if you stay less than 6 months – if you stay longer you will need the green NIE card. The only residency requirement is a valid NIE. 
If your stay in Spain will be longer than 6 months, before getting your NIE you will need to request the Empadronamiento.The number consists out of one letter, seven digits and another letter at the end (e.g. Y-4456279-G).
If you are planning to study, work or invest in Spain you are obliged to obtain this document. Non-European citizens will need to get a plastic card called TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) – more information below. 

You will need a NIE to


  • Get employed (paid internship or full-time contract)
  • Open a bank account (also possible without NIE, but you receive better conditions with NIE)
  • Driving license
  • Become self-employed
  • Start a business in Spain
  • Register your children for a school
  • Any types of contracts (phone, WIFI, etc.)
  • Bicing Card
  • Purchase and sell real estate property

 White NIE vs. Green NIE (for EU-Citizens)

There are two forms of NIE available for EU passport holders. You can get a NIE number or NIE card. A NIE number is just a number written on a white piece of paper.

Meanwhile, the NIE card is aalso referred to as a residency certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión) or residency card (tarjeta de residencia) that will enable you to complete all the paperwork you need for your daily life in Spain. 

This certificate of residency is equivalent to a NIF (Spanish citizens’ ID card). In both types of NIE, see the required application method here.  

NIE NUMBER (Número de identidad de extranjero) for Europeans

  • Required for European students who stay less than 6 months in Spain
  • A newly written number on a white piece of paper 
  • unlimited validity 
  • It is possible to obtain this number in person or with power of attorney 
  • Assigned for administrative purposes (purchase property, investment, tax payment, etc.)
  • See the entire process here (in Spanish)
  • No official proof of residency

NIE CARD (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión) for Europeans

  • Required for stays of more than 6 months in Spain
  • small green paper card laminated on the back
  • contains NIE number along with your name, date and birthplace, address in Spain and application date 
  • NIE approval is only available in person and with an appointment
  • See the entire process here (in Spanish)
  • This card is valid permanently

 You need to meet one of the following requirements (for EU-citizens)

  • Have a job (or confirmed job offer from a Spanish employer)
  • Confirmed means you need a written and signed statement from the company, including all your personal information, passport number, what you will do and for how long (at least 6 months), company information with CIF number and número de cotización
  • Be self-employed (autonomo)
  • Be enrolled as a student and have a Spanish health insurance or European Health Card
  • Have enough funds to maintain yourself and have valid health insurance in Spain
  • Join a family member already living in Spain

TIE CARD (Foreigner Identity Card) for non- Europeans

  • Student Visa for < 6 months cannot be changed to TIE
  • Required for stays of > 6 months in Spain
  • Required to apply within 90 days of arrival in Spain
  • Small plastic card
  • Contains NIE number along with your name, date and birthplace, address in Spain, Visa purpose and application date 
  • TIE approval is only available in person and with an appointment
  • This card is valid for 1 year (or until end of semester), after that you need to renew it
  • After TIE process is finished you can pick up the card after 30 days
  • See our article on legal requirements for non-EU students

In order to start the NIE process you will need a Cita Prévia (Appointment), which often is very difficult to obtain. You have to click here and select
The Province you live in (Barcelona) > Policia – Certificados UE > Aceptar > Entrar > Fill in your personal data > Then select an appointment and click confirmar
If no appointment is available at this moment you have to refresh the page and try again. 
Which documents are required? 
Now let’s take a look at the documents that you will need in order to obtain your NIE/TIE from at the police station. 
As a student/paid intern (EU-citizen) to get the NIE

  • Your passport + 1 copy
  • To get a NIE number (stay < 6 months) – EX15 form filled + 1 copy – Download the form here
  • To get a NIE card (stay > 6 months) – EX18 form filled + 1 copy – Download the form here
  • Proof of enrolment in a University or school 
  • Copy of Empadronamiento (Registration at City Hall) – it is required in some police stations and not in others, it also depends on the person you will be dealing behind the counter.

    We recommend obtaining the Empadronamiento before the NIE appointment, since you need to do it eventually.

  • Administrative fee paid in the bank (12€ for EU citizens, 16€ for non EU-citizens)
  • Sufficient financial resources: an average of 538 euros per month or 6,456 euros per year

 As a or full-time worker (EU-citizen) to get the NIE

  • Your passport + 1 copy
  • EX18 form filled + 1 copy – Download the form here
  • Original working contract or confirmed job offer
  • Confirmed means you need a written and signed statement from the company, including all your personal information, passport number, what you will do and for how long (at least 6 months), company information with CIF number and número de cotización
  • Copy of Empadronamiento (Registration at City Hall) – it is required in some police stations and not in others, it also depends on the person you will be dealing behind the counter.

    We recommend obtaining the Empadronamiento before the NIE appointment, since you need to do it sooner or later anyway. Read here how to get the Empadronamiento

  • Registration for social security – it is required in some police stations and not in others, it also depends on the person you will be dealing behind the counter.

    We recommend obtaining a Social Security Number before the NIE appointment, since you need to do it eventually, if you are planning to contribute to the Spanish Social System. 

  • Administrative fee paid in the bank (12€ for EU citizens, 16€ for non EU-citizens

 For non-EU-citizens to get the TIE (plastic card that includes NIE number)

  • Your passport + 1 copy
  • EX17 form filled + 1 copy – Download the form here
  • Original working contract or confirmed job offer
  • Confirmed means you need a written and signed statement from the company, including all your personal information, passport number, what you will do and for how long (at least 6 months), company information with CIF number and número de cotización
  • Copy of Empadronamiento (Registration at City Hall) – it is required in some police stations and not in others, it also depends on the person you will be dealing behind the counter.

    We recommend obtaining the Empadronamiento before the NIE appointment, since you need to do it eventually.

  • Registration for social security – it is required in some police stations and not in others, it also depends on the person you will be dealing behind the counter.

    We recommend obtaining a Social Security Number before the NIE appointment, since you need to do it eventually if you are planning to contribute to the Spanish Social System. 

  • Administrative fee paid in the bank (12€ for EU citizens, 16€ for non EU-citizens)
  • Tax form 790-012 + 1 copy


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