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Programme for University Preparation Courses 2021-2022

Spain is the top international destination for students worldwide, receiving more students per year than any other country. No wonder that you too are considering Spanish Universities to continue your studies! Still having doubts? Here are three reasons why you should study in a Spanish University:

  • Teaching excellence: Spain has some of the oldest universities in the world and its business schools are some of the most highly rated in international rankings. Both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spain are officially certified by the regulations set out in the European “Bologna Process”. These degrees are highly solicited by businesses worldwide and have been given the stamp of educational guarantee by the European Union.
  • The comparison between price and quality is one of the best in Europe. In Spain, university enrollment is among the cheapest in the world. Besides, the cost of living in Spain is lower than many other European countries.
  • Life in Spain is ideal for international students for many reasons: its young, multicultural population, quality of life, climate, safety and security, not to mention the wide variety of leisure activities available…

Furthermore, Catalan Universities consistently stand out in both national and international rankings: UAB (Universitat Autònoma), Pompeu Fabra, UPC (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña) or Universitat Ramon Llull.

And, in case you didn’t already know, Barcelona is one of the most popular study destinations in the world.

This should be reason enough to choose Spain as your University destination. If your mind is already made up, you should bear in mind the following points:

Legal procedure for studying in Spain

First of all you should clear up which international student category you fit into:

A. You have previously studied within an EU Educational System or in a system
with a reciprocity agreement.

B. You have NOT studied in the EU nor in a system with a reciprocity agreement.

Specific proficiency tests (PCE)

PCE (specific proficiency tests): these tests are designed to adapt your studies to a Spanish University. They are organized by UNED, the organization tasked with access testing forforeign students applying to University. UNED will give you a final grade on your application to be sent to Universities.

Since 2017 it has been possible to get this grade without sitting specific proficiency tests, by only presenting the grades of your last two years of high school. We do not recommend this as there is a danger your final grade is lower than that required by Universities. The higher your grade, the higher your chances of getting accepted by the University of your choice. Some Universities have very high entry grades.

In order to increase your score, you must sit specific proficiency tests. UNED will put together your final score based on your high school grades (60%) + your two best proficiency scores (40%). For this reason UNED recommends that you sit at least 4 proficiency exams.

On an unrelated note, the score attached to your records will depend heavily on your international student status- A (EU or equivalent) or B (you have studied in a country outside of the EU). For group A, your high school grades will be scored from 1-10. For group B, your high school grades will be given a maximum score of 6, this means that proficiency tests are essential should you wish to attain the highest score.

There are 3 types of subjects: common, modality and optative:

3 Common Subjects: Spanish Language y Spanish/English, Literature and History

1 Modality Subjects (depending on the branch):

  • Sciences and Health Sciences: Mathematics II
  • Social and Juridical Sciences: Mathematics for Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities: Fundamentals of Art II

2 Optative Subjects (depending on the branch):

  • Sciences and Health sciences: Chemistry/Biology/Physics/Drawing
  • Social and Juridical Sciences: Economics/Mathematics II
  • Arts and Humanities: English or French/ Economics/ Mathematics /Social Sciences

Application deadlines are at the end of May/start of June. There is a further deadline at the beginning of September. The deadline for proficiency results in May/June is the 21st June. The September deadline is the 19th September.

University Application Requirements

It is important to know if the University uses UNEDassis accreditation, a language certificate, if there is a minimum of proficiency tests that you should sit or pass (Some Universities require 6 subjects, EBAU…)

Your language level

It is quite obviously a fundamental requirement of Spanish Universities that you have a high level of Spanish. In some cases a B2 certificate is needed. Besides that Catalan Universities require a B1 certificate in Catalan. For this reason, on completion of your course you will be given a B2 Spanish certificate (a SIELE diploma certified by the Cervantes Institute) and a B1 Catalan certificate.

As a result of BCNLIP’s new collaboration with UNED, we would love to be a part of your new adventure. We offer only the best preparation courses for University. During the course you will sit mock exams, as a way of guaranteeing your hard work is paying off and help you get the highest possible score. Our dedicated teaching team is specialized in all of the subjects you will need to study. Let’s get those results together!

If you are unable to start your course on time or are unable to attend your course in-person, worry not! In BCNLIP we have implemented a state-of-the-art, hybrid class system which will
allow you to access from anywhere in the world as well as to keep up with the course alongside your classmates without difficulty.

We can assist you personally throughout this process and help you to carry out the necessary procedures:

  • Assistance in homologation and accreditation of documents (49,27€ fee)
  • Registration for access to official examinations for University Access (free registrarion, PCE fee 140€-230€)
  • Information on University access requirements- application and pre-inscription in Catalonia.
  • Student Visa assessment

Price: 350€ (not including fees)

We have designed 9 courses to adapt to your language needs and exam dates:

If you choose the online option, you will receive a 15% discount on your course.



Starting date  Finishing date Course Duration Price Entry level Total hours*
10/01/2022 31/05/2022 Spanish B2 & 4 PCE 5 months 1.950€ Spanish: B1 380
10/01/2022 31/05/2022 Catalan A1, A2 & 4 PCE 5 months 1.950€ Spanish: B1
Catalan: 0
mayo/junio 31/05/2022 Spanish A1, A2, B1, B2 & 4 PCE 12 months 3.925€ Spanish: 0  
05/09/2022 31/05/2023 Spanish Express A1-B1; B2 & 4 PCE 9 months 3.200€ Spanish: 0 660
05/09/2022 31/05/2023 Spanish B1, B2 & 4 PCE 9 months 3.200€ Spanish: A2 660
05/09/2022 31/05/2023 Catalan A1, A2, B1 & 4 PCE 9 months 3.200€ Spanish: B1
Catalan: 0


Starting date  Finishing date Course Duration Price Entry level Total hours*
10/01/2022 02/09/2022 Spanish Express A1, A2, B1 & 4 PCE 8 months 3.200€ Spanish: 0 600
10/01/2022 02/09/2022 Catalan A1, A2, B1 & 4 PCE 8 months 3.200€ Spanish: B1
Catalan: 0
06/05/2022 02/09/2022 Spanish B2 & 4 PCE 4 months 1.950€ Spanish: B1 300
28/06/2022 02/09/2022 Summer intensive: 4 PCE 10 weeks 1 subject: 300€
2 subjects: 540€
3 subjects: 765€
4 subjects: 960€
Spanish: B2 200 max


  • SIELE Certificate (Spanish): 200€
  • Extra subject: 350€


The option Spanish B2 & 4 PCE can be combined with language courses of different types and duration. The difference between Spanish Express A1-B1; B2 & 4 PCE with a “usual BCNLIP course” of Spanish or Catalan is the speed. The usual one is slowlier. You will need more time to accomplish one level (about 3 months). You can come with a student visa first (20h/week language course) + prepare for university or study online at home. You will need to register for a Spanish course for as long as you want + the course that starts on May, 6.


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