Spanish students aged 6 to 16 undergo primary (colegio) and secondary school (instituto) education, which are compulsory and (like the preceding preschool from age 3) free of charge. Successful students are awarded a Secondary Education Certificate, which is necessary to enter the post-compulsory stage of Schooling (principally the Bachillerato) for their University or Vocational (Formación Profesional) Studies.
Once students have finished their Bachillerato, they can take their University Entrance Exam (Pruebas de Acceso a la Universidad, popularly called Selectividad) which differs greatly from region to region. The compulsory stage of secondary education is normally referred to by its initials: ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria).
The normal duration for University courses is 4 years, except Medicine and some more, which are 6. University studies have 'ECTS credits' as a measure for the lessons, and normally, 60 ECTS are taken each year, so, each course comprises 240 ECTS credits. Passing every subject, and getting the 240 ECTS credits, gives the right to obtaining an academic degree (Grado), architecture or engineering qualification.
Postgraduate courses are Master's degrees (Máster), and Doctoral degrees (Doctorado). The university itself regulates the access, through the Doctorate Commission. It is necessary to have the degree course, architecture or engineering. Own degrees are non-regulated studies leading to an unofficial degree, recognized only by the granting university. These courses have the same structure as the regulated studies. The universities regulate access to their own degrees and they fix the academic fees. They can also offer unofficial postgraduate degrees. On a global scale, Spain has internationally recognized universities known for their excellent degree programs.
Eduniversal in Spain: 23 schools
Schools with 5 Palmes- 3
Schools with 4 Palmes - 5
Schools with 3 Palmes - 9
Schools with 2 Palmes - 4
Schools with 1 Palme - 2
Useful Sites for Studying in Spain
Study in Spain: http://www.spainedu.org/index.php
Scholarships for Studying in Spain
Study in Spain: http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/country/spain.htm