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Spanish University Pathway Program

Welcome to the AIL Madrid University Pathway program!

Have you always wanted to attend a Spanish university, or to send your child to one of the best universities in the world? Did you know that Spain is the number one destination for European Erasmus students, and that Madrid is the top destination in Spain? Is navigating the system, worrying about student visas and entrance exams, or the fact that you don’t speak Spanish making you feel like giving up? Well fret no more! AIL Madrid is here to guide you through the process and prepare you for a bright future here in Spain.

Prepare yourself for University in Spain What we do

Our highly selective university pathway program will ease you through the process of enrolling in a Spanish University. If you are accepted on the program, we will give you all the administrative support you need as well as preparation for the exams. This includes an intensive Spanish course, university entrance exams preparation, a student visa, and ongoing advice and assessment.

How it works

AIL Madrid is a highly competitive Spanish language academy offering a wide variety of classes to students of all levels. We are partnered with one of the most exclusive preparatory academies in Madrid and, together, we will ensure you get the highest possible score on the Spanish university entrance exams.

On acceptance having successfully completing the interview process, we can provide you with five basic study options designed to fit your specific needs and maximize your performance in the entry exams:

Spanish University Preparation in Spain, Madrid•    The Classic Program: This will take you all the way through the process. You will begin with a 6 month intensive Spanish program with AIL Madrid. Having reached the requisite B1 level you then begin an 8 month course with our partner school on the specific exams you need to pass to gain entrance to a Spanish university.

•    The Fast Track Program: For ambitious students looking to complete the process in the quickest possible time. As with the Classic Program this option starts with 6 months of Spanish at AIL Madrid but then condenses the study with our partner school into 5 months with extra afternoon classes to prepare for the entrance exams.

•    The Parallel Program: For students who already have a B1 level of Spanish. This option allows you to go straight into the entrance exam preparation classes at our partner school while continuing to perfect your Spanish with weekend, or evening classes at AIL Madrid.

•    Just Spanish: For students who comply with all the other entrance requirements but need to get their Spanish up to B2 level. This consists of 6 months of intensive Spanish at AIL Madrid as well as all the necessary advice and guidance.

•    Just Access: For students who already have at least a B2 level of Spanish and who therefore only need to prepare for the University entrance exams. This consists of 5 or 8 months of preparation for the relevant exams as well as all the necessary advice and guidance.

You can also optimize your progress by signing up for individual lessons with AIL Madrid. These are fully personalized and can help you work on weak points, or areas of special interest.

We understand that coming to a new country for your higher education is a big step and we want to make sure that you have the best experience possible. We will serve as your sole multi-lingual information source to make the whole procedure as painless as possible. We can tell you exactly which exams you need to take according to your chosen subject and when you register for your exams you will also submit one simple form indicating your preferred universities so that you can be paired with the best matches, based on your scores. And then, voila! You are a Spanish university student!?

Throughout the course, you can choose from a variety of accommodation options: a carefully vetted host-family (recommended for fast language improvement), student housing, and shared flats are some of our students' top choices. Again, we will arrange everything for you, or your family, to ensure they are in the most secure, learning-friendly environment available.

We have streamlined the whole process into four easy steps, to eliminate confusing communications with all the different administration offices. To begin your journey, simply get in contact with us and we will guide you.

  1. Complete the interview process: To gain acceptance to our university pathway program, you should have a valid high school degree, which we will help you translate into the Spanish system once you’re here. You will also need a love of the Spanish language!
  2. Apply for your visa: this process involves lots of paperwork and details but we have been through it hundreds of times and know how to make it as easy as possible. Comprehensive instructions to avoid errors are impossible to find online but AIL Madrid has the system down! We will guide you step by step through the process and you’ll never feel overwhelmed. Your initial visa with us is valid for a year and can easily be extended to cover your university course once you are here in Madrid.
  3. Select your exams: We are partnered with the best university pathway program in Madrid and will place you in preparatory courses that will guarantee success in your chosen program.  The specific exams you need to take will depend on your subject of choice and your educational background. For example, if you want to enter medical school, you will need to take an exam in biology, chemistry, etc. We will give you a personal assessment and let you know exactly which courses you need for entrance to your preferred university program. If you have any questions regarding program selection, we are here to guide you!
  4. Move to Madrid! AIL Madrid offers airport pickup (if you or your child is traveling here without a chaperone), as well as a variety of approved housing options for you to choose from. Madrid is well connected by air and rail, so you and your family will be able to visit each other as often and as affordably as possible. Welcome to the next chapter of your life!

Why go to university in Spain?

If you’re still undecided, here are a few reasons why you might want to apply for our program: 

  • Access to some of the top universities in the world, including cutting edge medical programs.
  • Prepare for University and discover Madrid
  • An opportunity to expand your post grad professional opportunities by learning the second most spoken language in the world: Spanish speakers are highly valued not only in Spain, but also in South America, the United States, and any company in communication with Spanish speaking clientele!
  • Academic improvement: If you have already taken entrance exams in your own EU country and wish to improve your scores to be placed in a better university, this is the program for you: start fresh while learning a new language! In this case, the number of exams you need to take may vary based on your current score, so ask us for more details.
  • Visa status: moving to a western European country can be difficult, but becoming a student is one of the easiest ways to transition into the EU system.
  • Prices: Our program is incredibly affordable, especially considering its quality and duration!
  • Live in one of the most exciting cities in Europe: being a university student in Madrid will help you to grow not just academically but also to develop personally. It will be a fantastic experience and studying in Spain will widen your cultural understanding and shape who you are to become in the future, so take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and expand your horizons!

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