Frequently asked questions
What course should I book in order to get a 20 hours/week visa?
Our Intensive 20 course is the one we recommend for long term students, and it’s valid for visa purposes.
How long before I get my visa?
Every embassy works in a different way, so it depends on the country and on demand. We advise our students to get all the paperwork in order at least 2 or 3 months in advance.
How much do I have to pay to get my visa documents?
In our school we only ask for a 30%, but some embassies make the student pay 100% in advance. We recommend you to visit the Embassy of Spain in your country and consult it there.
How much will I lose if my visa is denied?
The total amount of the course will be reimbursed with the exception of administrative expenses (€150) and accommodation expenses (€125), as long as the cancellation is made at least 7 working days prior to the start of the course.
Are holidays included in the visa documents?
The students’ and the school’s holidays can be justified by the school. We can include more weeks on the visa documents so that the students save some money.
What if I want to renew my visa in Spain?
Once you begin your course, we will advise you about NIE (your ID in Spain), and of course on how to renew it and for how long. Long term students (type D visa) may extend their stay in Spain to study. It can also be done for 6 month visas, but the procedure is different.
Do I need proof of accommodation to get a student visa?
Embassies usually require different documents to prove you have booked your course and your accommodation in Spain. There are some exceptions, but for most embassies it is an essential requirement in order to apply for a visa.
Can I book my accommodation through the school?
Of course. To make it easier, we have our own host family network. Every case will get personal treatment. Please contact us by email or phone.
Can the school guarantee my visa?
No school can fully guarantee it, since ultimately it doesn’t depend on us. What we can guarantee is you won’t be denied a visa for booking a course in our school. As a matter of fact, since we have the accreditation given by Instituto Cervantes, our documents are accepted in all embassies and consulates around the world.
Except for African countries and some Asian countries (Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia), where it’s difficult to get a student visa, in our experience with the rest of countries almost 100% of the students get their visa. Sometimes, a visa may be denied for reasons unrelated to the school: health insurance, proof of financial means, criminal record…
Can I get a student visa if I entered Spain with a tourist visa?
Yes, you can. Please contact us by email or phone.
Do I need health insurance to get a student visa?
Students from non EU countries should organise private health insurance for their stay in Madrid. You can do this in your country or in Spain. One of the many companies offering this service for students is Sanitas.
How can I renew my NIE in Spain?
If you came with a type D visa (long term), you can extend your NIE at the end of the initial period.
Can I renew my NIE with a 6 month visa?
Yes, you can. Additional documents are required: a proof of lack of criminal record from every country where you have lived for the past 5 years.
What course should I book in order to renew my NIE?
There are several options. Please contact us by email or phone.
Are holidays included in the NIE renewal documents?
The students’ and the school’s holidays can be justified by the school. We can include more weeks on the NIE documents so that the students save some money.
What documents do I need to renew my NIE?
The certificate of studies, the Spanish language level certificate and the school’s learning plan. All these documents are provided by the school, except for the certificate of studies if you have previously studied at a different school.
I’ve applied for a visa through a school where lessons are in English. Can I renew my NIE at your school?
Yes, you can. Proof of your need to learn Spanish is needed. Please contact us by email or phone.
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
It is a visa that allows you to stay in the country during a certain period of time in which you can work if you wish.
In which countries can you apply for Workingholiday visa?
Spain has a Working Holiday Visa agreement with Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
Do I have to sign up for a Spanish course in order to apply for Workingholiday visa?
It is not mandatory but it is highly recommended if you want to live or work in our country.
You can check our available offers by e-mail or phone.
Can I renew my tourist visa in Madrid?
You can do it here, there’s no need to go back to your country.
What documents do I need to prepare in my country?
Criminal record, medical insurance and a document from the bank that proves you have enough financial means.
What documents do I need to present in Madrid?
- A document from the bank that proves you have enough financial means
- Medical insurance
- A document that proves you are enrolled in a school
- Criminal record
- The document to enter the country or the boarding pass for the Spanish airport
In what language must the documents be?
All documents must be translated into Spanish.
How long before I get my visa renewal?
We recommend applying for it during your first month of stay in Spain.