gap year in spain

Gap year in Spain: benefits, requirements and programs

Many people believe that to be successful in life it is enough to study a university degree and obtain a good job, but there are many skills that can only be trained by getting out of the comfort zone.

For example, adapting to new situations, discovering other ways of thinking or even learning respect and to listen to yourself.

Taking a gap year is a good opportunity to explore new terrains and grow both personally and professionally, and doing it in Spain makes it a really fun option, as well as a smart one.

Want to know why? In this article we tell you all about it.


Gap Year Benefits

The main purpose of taking a gap year is accumulating experiences that will allow you to know yourself much better. In this way, during your gap year, you will be able to:


  • Discover new interests.
  • Focus on your real priorities.
  • Define a plan that allows you to achieve your goals.
  • Increase your motivation to face new challenges.
  • Develop skills that you can apply both to your personal and professional life.
  • Get out of the routine to see everything from a different point of view.


And, in case your destination is Spain, many other things.


What can you do in Spain on a gap year?

Taking a gap year does not have to be a synonym of vacation or a long period of rest. 

In Spain there are many gap year programs that will allow you to live new experiences without having to paralyze your life.

For example, CIS University’s study abroad program where, in addition to socializing with students from other countries, you can do different types of volunteer work or an internship program in a European company.

Moreover, you can participate in its activities program for foreign students and enjoy different cultural outings around Madrid at the hands of local students and, why not, collaborate in the social activities organized by our International Studies Foundation such as the Camino de Santiago project, a cultural exchange program during a spiritual pilgrimage route that runs through the north of Spain. 

And finally, although CIS University is an American university in Madrid and all the classes are taught in English, students who wish to do so can take part in our language exchange program. A space where, apart from English and Spanish, you will be able to practice or learn other languages such as French, German or Italian, among many others.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?


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Why to take a gap year in Spain?

Spain is a vibrant country of great contrasts and its appeal goes far beyond its good weather or the hospitality of its people.

Spain has a great historical richness where you can observe the footprint of the different civilizations that once inhabited it.

From Roman aqueducts and theaters, to mosques and Arab fortresses, through Gaudi’s Modernism to the most modern and avant-garde constructions.

And, after so many monuments, you will have to recharge your batteries, right? What about having a ‘caña’ of beer and some ‘tapas‘?

As you can see, spending a gap year in Spain has many more advantages than you can imagine. 

Not to mention the possibility of learning one of the most spoken languages in the world or having the opportunity to travel around Europe by train or by a flight of just over 2 hours.

Do you need more reasons to spend a gap year in Spain? 


Requirements to do a gap year in Spain

A gap year cannot be improvised. There are many factors to take into account: parental permissions, visas, medical insurance, accommodation and other matters related to logistics and financing.

Although, in that sense, spending your gap year in Spain is a great advantage since the standard of living there is somewhat lower than in other European countries such as France, Germany or the United Kingdom.

In any case, if you are thinking of spending a gap year in Spain, it will be very useful to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web to check all the requirements for entering the country.


Would you like to learn more about CIS University’s study abroad program?

Visit our website or contact us for more information.