Study Engineering in Spain
You want to study an engineering course in Spain and become an ingeniero! Firstly, congratulations. Great choice of career! And above all a great choice of country.
Study Engineering in Spain
If you came across this article because you're considering an engineering course in Spain, read on: you're going to find information about the Spanish education system, and the various opportunities and possibilities ahead.
How are engineering courses in Spain taught?
Today's education system in Spain favours a more active kind of learning, with project-based curriculum and real-life scenarios and problems. The aim is to teach students the skills they need to find tools and answers autonomously and independently, which equips them with life long learning skills and is much more valuable than the typical 'I teach, you learn' approach. In fact, classroom activities are today much more interactive and students are encouraged to participate and contribute.
There are two options that you can choose between if you are planning to study an engineering course in Spain: while before the 90s, obtaining an engineering degree in Spain involved studying for six years, today the duration of the course has been reduced to five years for the longer course, and three years for a shorter one, leading to a qualification of “Ingeniero Técnico” (Technical Engineer) which is more or less equivalent to a Bachelor of Engineering. Both terminates with a “Proyecto de Fin de Carrera” (final year project), for which you will be required to carry out some research work, combined with application development, followed by a dissertation that you will have to defend.
Whatever you choose, bear in mind that Engineering is an intense course, for which a considerable drop-out rate has been recorded. Additionally, in Spain, students are usually allowed to extend their period of study, and to carry on until they sat all of their exams. It is not uncommon that, where students cannot complete their engineering degree within the estimated three or five years, they will carry on studying until they have passed enough exams to obtain the degree. This however affects the mark awarded - and obviously comes at a financial cost.
What will I learn on an engineering course in Spain?
Whichever engineering course in Spain you choose, and the curricula are obviously varied, you can generally expect to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in order to design and conduct experiments and analyse and interpret data. Projects and real-life scenarios will require you to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems and recognise the interaction between engineering activities and design, fabrication, marketing, user requirements, and product destruction.
Courses are generally taught in Spanish, unless otherwise stated. In order to be able to enrol in a Spanish university as an international student, you will have to pass an admission test called Selectividad, which you should be able to take in your own country.
What is it like in Spain?
Spanish people are generally friendly and helpful so you won't find it difficult to make friends and make lots of conversation. However you may want to consider heading off a few months before the engineering course is due to begin, to familiarize with the language and the wonderful Spanish culture, possibly with a Spanish for foreigners course. Spain is a country with lots to offer and it's no surprise that more and more people are looking at spending a year or longer in the country.
With its sea, mountains and historical cities, plus the great food, wine and the welcoming, charming people, a mild, temperate climate and a perfect mix between stunning landscapes and strong traditions, you are never going to find it boring. Just make sure you remember the reason why you went and good luck with your engineering course in Spain!