You will not need a visa if you are from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

However, you still need to register with the Spanish authorities upon your arrival.

*Please be aware that the requirements for UK citizens changed after Brexit, as from January 1st, 2021. In this regard, UK nationals need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Spain. See more information about student visas under the subheading “Non-European Union citizens” (below), and feel free to contact us at in case you need more information on the process.


Once you arrive in Spain, you will have to register with the national authorities and obtain your personal NIE card (a residency document that allows you to study and stay in Spain for 5 years).

This is a mandatory process because:

  1. It is a legal requirement
  2. It is for your own safety (in case anything happens to you while you are in Spain)
  3. You need it in order to apply for any professional position (whether it be an internship or job) in Spain.

Remember to bring your passport and your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) if it is available in your country. We will help you with the rest of the process of obtaining your NIE card upon your arrival.


If you are a non-European Union citizen, you will need a student visa. It is very important to apply for your visa at least three months before you move to Spain to ensure that you receive it on time. Also, we strongly recommend that you reserve your place in the university as soon as possible; once you do so, we will send you an official welcome email with further instructions.


1. Once you reserve your place at IE University, we will send you a welcome email that contains a visa questionnaire. Please, fill in the visa survey as soon as you receive it, so that we can start preparing your university-related visa documents. We will then send you an electronic copy, as well as the original documents to the address that you indicate in the questionnaire.

2. Contact the nearest Spanish consulate or embassy that corresponds to your place of legal residence. They should be able to give you an updated list of student visa requirements, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding the application process. Don’t forget to book your student visa appointment at least 90 days before the start of your classes!

Click HERE to see all the Spanish consulates and embassies around the world.

IMPORTANT: A visa application can be submitted within 180 or 90 days before the beginning of your classes, depending on the Spanish consulate. Please check with them as soon as possible and book an appointment, if necessary.

The visa process can take a few weeks. Besides the processing time, you must also count the time it takes to obtain and prepare (and legalize, if required) the student visa application documents. Due to COVID-19, the process might be a bit longer. Please, make sure to contact your local Spanish consulate far in advance.


If you have any questions, you can always contact us via email at or phone at (+34) 91 568 98 96.