Spain's Students Overseas

Number of students from Spain studying abroad: 34,226

Total number of international students from all places of origin by academic level, 2015

Academic Level Number of Students Percent of Total
Undergraduate Study Abroad/Non-Award Study International Students 33,287 97.3%
(Post-)Graduate Degree/Non-Award Study International Students 939 2.7%
All International Students (excluding offshore enrollments) 34,226  

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad, 2015

Rank Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Italy 5,136 15.0%
2 France 3,079 9.0%
3 Germany 2,990 8.7%
4 United Kingdom 2,908 8.5%
5 Poland 2,206 6.4%
6 Portugal 1,766 5.2%
7 Belgium 1,737 4.0%
8 United States 1,311 3.8%
9 Netherlands 1,057 3.1%
10 Czech Republic 772 2.3%
  All Others 11,628 34.0%

Timeframe data reference period: 2015

Source: Spanish National Agency for Internationalization of Higher Education (SEPIE)

Number of students from Spain studying abroad: 28,640 (2011/12)

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Rank Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 5,900
2 Germany 5,289
3 United States 4,817
4 France 4,325
5 Poland 976
6 Portugal 843
7 Netherlands 802
8 Denmark 691
9 Austria 660
10 Italy 568

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2015

Number of students from Spain studying abroad:
22,919

Top 5 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 5,617
2 Germany 4,144
3 France 4,129
4 United States 3,936
5 Portugal 855



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012). Global Education Digest 2012. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Spain studying abroad:
22,114

Top 5 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 5,689
2 France 3,908
3 Germany 3,871
4 United States 3,786
5 Australia 520



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2011). Global Education Digest 2011. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Spain studying abroad:
21,607

Top 5 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 5,739
2 France 3,905
3 Germany 3,676
4 United States 3,664
5 Portugal 648 (2007)



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2010). Global Education Digest 2010. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Spain studying abroad:
23,914

Top 5 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 6,352
2 Germany 4,170
3 France 3,860
4 United States 3,654
5 Sweden 912



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2009). Global Education Digest 2009. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Spain studying abroad:
23,395

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Spain studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 6,224
2 Germany 4,442
3 France 3,664
4 United States 3,578
5 Sweden 898
6 Portugal 679
7 Italy 502
8 Switzerland 457
9 Austria 394
10 Ireland 388



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2008). Global Education Digest 2008. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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