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Situated on the coast in the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, San Sebastian connects the cultures of Spain, the Basque region and nearby France often called ‘the Paris of Spain’.

With the majority of the ancient city destroyed in the nineteenth century most of the city is modern, whilst the Old Quarter maintains its history with winding streets.

Bordered by stunning beaches, a port and the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains San Sebastian is a cosmopolitan city sat in the middle of natural beauty.

The decision to study in San Sebastian gives international students access to top quality university education and the perfect base to explore the rest of Spain and France.

Study in San Sebastian

San Sebastian has emerged as an important city for university education in Spain. International students who want to study in San Sebastian can study at four universities or the music conservatory in the city.

These institutions are:

• University of the Basque Country
• University of Navarra – an engineering-focused campus of the private university
• Universidad de Deusto
• Mondragon University
• Musikene – The Higher School of Music in the Basque Country.


San Sebastian is becoming a city recognised for innovative research in science.

Spain’s current degree system was not developed until Spain came under the European Higher Education Area. Spain now has the same general bachelor’s degree and master’s degree found in many other countries.

Like elsewhere in Europe the majority of undergraduate programs in San Sebastian last for three years, with more professional degree subjects such as medicine taking longer.

The majority of courses are taught in Spanish or Basque but there are also a number of undergraduate courses that are taught in English.

Immigration and Visas

EU students are able to study a degree in San Sebastian provided they are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support themselves.

EU students don’t need a visa to study in San Sebastian but will need to register with the Central Registry Office for Foreigners. They will provide a certificate confirming your right to study in Spain.

In order to get this they will need a passport or national identity card, and proof they have been accepted on to a course.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa type D in their home country.

You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

• You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution.
• You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa.
• You have paid all relevant visa fees.
• You have sufficient funds to support yourself.
• You have comprehensive health insurance cover.

After arriving as a non-EU student you must also apply for an Autorización de Estancia por Estudios, a temporary permit which gives you right of residence in Spain, within 30 days. This must be renewed on a yearly basis and will be judged on academic performance.

Non-EU students will need to pass the Selectividad which is the Spanish university entrance examination. This includes tests on text analysis, the history of Spain and a foreign language exam.

Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation in San Sebastian is generally quite cheap for students, although costs depend on where you choose to live and the type of housing you want.

In general, international students live in two contrasting types of accommodation when studying an undergraduate degree in Bilbao:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – such as house and flat rentals

Most international students coming to study a degree in Bilbao will live in university accommodation, as this is the easiest way to settle into university life. You’ll normally live on or near the campus, be able to meet other students quickly and easily and not have to worry about setting up your own bills.

What to do next

Apply to study in San Sebastian and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Bilbao.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.