If you are a non-EU TEFL student you can apply for a 3 month tourist visa, and you are free to study during this period. The 90 day tourist visa is automatic and there is no need for paperwork.
What type of visa do I need?
Unless you have an EU passport, you’ll only be allowed to stay in the Schengen Zone on a tourist visa for 90 days. The Schengen Zone includes Spain and most other EU countries. If you plan to stay longer, you need to apply for a different visa.
- Can be applied for from 7-11 months
If you’re studying in Spain for more than six months, then you’ll need a student visa and a student’s
residence permit or Foreigner Identity Card (TIE) within 30 days of your arrival in Spain from your local
Foreigner’s Office or police station.
Once the school confirms your acceptance, you can apply for your study visa at a Spanish consulate or
embassy. Apply for your visa between two and three months before traveling to Spain to allow time
to process your application.
What is required may vary from consulate to consulate. In general, you will need:
1. Full valid passport
2. Details of the study, training, or research that you’ll be doing in Spain, including the hours of
study per week (20 at least) and proof of acceptance to the course in the form of an enrolment letter.
3. Proof that you have medical insurance for Spain; (not just travel insurance, it must cover your
residence period in Spain)
4. A medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that would require you to
5. Proof that you have the funds to support you for the duration of your stay in Spain (e.g.,
scholarship details, bank statements showing sufficient funds, letter from parents/guardians
assuming full financial responsibility. (€6000 minimum for the full year)
6. Rental contract, or information about where you’ll be living
7. A criminal record certificate issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your
The Spanish residence permit entitles you to work either part-time or in a temporary position, so long
as you’re not using the money you earn to support yourself while you’re in Spain. You can work up to
20 hours a week while studying as long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies.
The company who employs you will need to get a work permit for you from the Foreigner’s Office.
Your employment contract cannot exceed the duration of the study visa.
What course can I study?
TEFL & Spanish: 1 or 2 month Trinity TESOL course + 6-months intensive Spanish
TEFL Refresher & Spanish: 4-week TEFL Refresher course + 6-months Spanish
Developing Teacher & Spanish Course: 2-months developing teacher course + 6-months Spanish
Can I travel in Europe before or after my student visa?
You may be allowed to travel before your course starts if you ask the consulate at the time of your visa application, but this can usually only be for a few days. However, once your student visa expires it will automatically switch to a 90-day tourist visa to allow you to travel around the Schengen zone.
How can we help you?
- Guidance to apply for a student visa
- We supply the enrolment letter required for the visa appointment
- Fast replies and unlimited support through email or Zoom/phone chats
- Recommendations of health insurance for U.S applicants
Complete the online application form here. You will then be invited for a Zoom interview. If you want to book an informal video chat or call then drop us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org