So You Want To Come to Madrid?!

We wanted to take this opportunity to get you some general information about Madrid and the process of getting to Madrid. The population of the city of Madrid is about 3.2 million and the Madrid Metropolitan area is about 7 million. It is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. The main university in the city of Madrid is Compultense University of Madrid. Compultense enrolls over 86,000 students and is one of the oldest universities in the world (for more fun information please read Lindsays blog here.

As you look to come to live in Madrid, keep in mind that your tourism visa only lasts 90 days. It will be necessary to retrieve a long stay Visa. When looking for a Visa there are a few options and the option you choose depends on your situation. If you are currently enrolled in a University, many universities offer credits for studying abroad, If you are out of college and not looking for school credit, but would like to grow in your Spanish you can take classes in Spain and receive a student Visa. If you will not be able to save enough money to last the course of your time in Madrid, there are a few teach abroad programs that award monthly scholarships to live on (more on that in Bridge to Madrid post). Although it is very similar across the board, each consulate has their own requirements to retrieve a long stay visa. The majority of consulates processing student Visa’s require the same thing (please see documents you will need for your student visa post). Some consulates have more specific requirements for applying for this type of visa or other visas so Please see below for your corresponding consulate. Many countries in the E.U. also allow you to apply for citizenship if you can trace your ancestry back to that country (more on that in our dual citizenship post). We recommend getting started on this process NOW as some of these documents can take time to arrive (see documents needed post).

The process of getting to Spain and staying in Spain long term (see looking for housing post) is not an easy process and it will require diligence, perseverance, and patience which are many of the qualities needed in being able to handle the culture shock of living in another country (check out our post on overcoming culture shock). Having said that, if you are able to come to Madrid, Spain you will never forget the experience. Going to a different culture and being involved in that culture helps grow your faith, your character, perspective, and language (see Harrison Fowlers study abroad post)! Finally, if you are able to travel to Madrid, be prepared to have a lot of fun!

Consulate information:

Boston – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Link to the consulate homepage:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/BOSTON/en/ServiciosConsulares/ConsularServicesBoston/Pages/Visas.aspx

How to schedule an appointment: https://app.timetrade.com/tc/login.do?url=cgsb

Chicago – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Link to the consulate homepage:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/CHICAGO/en/ServiciosConsulares/consularservicesinchicago/visas/Pages/inicio.aspx

How to schedule an appointment: https://app.timetrade.com/tc/login.do?url=spainconsulchicago

Houston – New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas

Link to the consulate homepage:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/HOUSTON/en/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Pages/Visas.aspx

How to schedule an appointment: https://consulategeneralofspaininhouston.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

Miami – Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Link to the consulate homepage: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/MIAMI/en/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Pages/Visa%20Requirements/Student-Visa.aspx

How to schedule an appointment: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/MIAMI/en/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Pages/Visa%20Requirements/Visa-Appointment.aspx

New York – Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Link to the consulate homepage: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/NUEVAYORK/en/ServiciosConsulares/Pages/CSNewyork/Visas-New-York.aspx

No appointment needed, see hours here:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/NUEVAYORK/en/Consulado/Pages/Horarios.aspx

San Francisco – Alaska, California (except Southern counties –see Los Angeles), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, Wyoming, Pacific Islands territories of the USA

Link to the consulate homepage:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/SANFRANCISCO/en/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx

How to schedule an appointment:

http://www.vfsglobal.com/Spain/usa/SanFrancisco/

Washington, DC – Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia Link to consulate homepage:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/WASHINGTON/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx

No appointment necessary – walk in hours from 9AM-1PM (arrive early!) Click below to a list of their holidays. http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/WASHINGTON/en/Consulado/Pages/Horarios.aspx

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