Education in Spain – Explained by ELYS Relocations

Following the advice of holistic relocation experts ELYS Relocations, we go over what parents that have just moved to Spain need to be aware of when making the important decision of what kind of school their children should enrol in. 


Moving to another country is an adventure in which we look for a better standard of living. If the transition is smooth, the experience will translate into growth, and not a stone in the road.

Among the decisions you will have to make, choosing a school for your children is one of the priorities if you decide to come to Spain. That’s why today at Sonneil we are giving you some tips so that you can get to know the panorama of international schools in Spain and choose the best one for your children.

Most ex-pats chose a local Spanish school for their children. This gives them a good basis for the local culture, language and mixing with Spanish children. Spain offers many international schools, English, French, German, Russian and Lithuanian. British people often chose a Spanish school for their children up to the age of 11, then an international school for higher education. 

Some international schools cover the Spanish curriculum, ESO and Bachelorato, including GCSE and A Levels. This enables children to choose a university in Spain or abroad, should they decide to further their education.

Educating Your Children in Spain 

If you’ve decided to set a new course in your life, all that remains is to find the best education for your children in the new territory: so that they can enjoy the experience to the fullest and improve their present and, of course, future skills.

In this sense, you can find state schools or, if you prefer, you will have at your disposal a wide range of international schools in Spain.

International schools in Spain operate independently and follow their own curriculum, adapted to the model of the country of origin’s education system. So, if you prefer to make the transition easier for your children, a school adapted to the curriculum model of your country is an excellent option.

International schools may follow a particular educational model – German, French, English and they offer a bilingual context so that your children can also learn Spanish. Finally, it is worth noting that Spain offers one of the most diverse and flexible international education options in Europe, thanks to the large expatriate population who choose to settle in the country.

International Schools in Spain

There are international schools in Spain for all levels: from nursery to baccalaureate.

Costs: The costs of each school vary widely, depending on whether they are subsidised, public or private. In terms of price, they can vary, for example, between 2,000 and 10,000 euros per year, depending on coverage and subsidies.

Accreditation: If you are going to be in Spain for a certain period of time, and then return to your home country, it is best to have an education that can be validated. To do this, check with the local embassy in your country to make sure that the school has the appropriate accreditation.

Check the curriculum and contact patriots for their opinion and experience at the particular school.

Integration and follow-up system: When contacting your preferred schools, do not hesitate to discuss the willingness of the school management to help with the integration and follow-up of your child at the school. The collaboration of teachers and school management is essential to make the integration process smoother.


Best International Schools in Spain

Based on parents’ comments, the top international schools in Spain would be as follows:

  • Sotogrande International School, Sotogrande
  • El Limonar International School Murcia, El Palmar
  • The British School of Barcelona, Castelldefels
  • International College Spain, Alcobendas
  • The International School Estepona, El Paraíso


ELYS Relocation Services

We recommend counting on the logistic and holistic services of ELYS Relocation services when it comes to preparing for your move to Spain. Their expert and multilingual team will be able to get to know what your individual needs and lifestyle choices are, to help you best settle into the right area for you. 






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