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View the full event seminar programme for ICEF Spanish Education 2023, where we welcome guest speakers and panellists discussing and debating the latest issues in international education. The seminars will take place on May 22nd between 14:00 and 19:00.


14:00 – 14:25 | Challenges when applying for a student visa in Spain

🎤 Speaker

Safae Benhammou, Relaciones internacionales, Idiomas Carlos V

📝 Description

Depending on the student's country of origin, applying for a visa to study in Spain may be necessary. As agencies, schools, or consultancies, students ask us many questions about the procedure, intending to help them to obtain their visas.

The application process can be difficult due to incomplete documents, language requirements, financial constraints, and registration and health insurance requirements.

For the application process to run smoothly, applicants should have complete and accurate documentation and a good understanding of the specific visa requirements of their home country. Students should also apply well in advance to avoid delays. It should be noted that students may be required to attend a consular interview as part of the visa application process.

14:30 – 15:10 | Spanish student visa – panel discussion

🎤 Panellists

María del Carmen Fernández López, Vicepresident of AEPELE | Director of TEC Sevilla, AEPELE | TEC Sevilla
Juan Antonio Bardon, Director, Idiomas Carlos V
Gloria Mínguez Ropiñón, Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for the Spanish around the world. Ministry of foreign affairs, EU and Cooperation

Martijn van de Veen (Moderator), CBDO, ICEF

📝 Description

There are many reasons why students choose to study in Spain: the rich culture and history, the relatively low cost of living, the high quality of education offering a broad range of programmes, the availability of various scholarships and financial aid programs for international students, and of course the fact that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers.

Applying for a student visa however is not always straightforward and the process can be complex and time-consuming. In this session we’ll therefore discuss the different types of student visas available for Spain, the requirements for obtaining a visa, and recommendations on how to navigate the visa application process. We will also discuss the latest updates to the visa requirements, and the panelists will provide recommendations for agents who are assisting students who are applying for a visa.

15:15 – 15:55 | Secondary education opportunities in Spain

🎤 Speaker

Dr Luis Rey Goñi, Director, Colegio Internacional de Sevilla – San Francisco de Paula

📝 Description

In this seminar, the overall picture of the educational offer in Spain will be addressed by Dr Luis Rey, Director of the Colegio Internacional de Sevilla – San Francisco de Paula. With an emphasis on Secondary Education, we will discuss the different types of schools, covering state, semi-private and private schools. Additionally, the wide variety of educational approaches, prices, resources and results will be described and compared. A broader consideration about education for the future will encompass the analysis of traditional approaches such as the Public Education System, more innovative ones such as the International Baccalaureate and the late-generation competence-based education in the Middle Years Programme (Secondary School) according to the frameworks defined by the European Commission and UNESCO.

16:00 – 16:25 | AEPELE – small schools, great experiences

🎤 Speaker

Ana Rodríguez García, Founder of AEPELE | Director of Peak Me Languages, AEPELE - Asociación Escuelas Pequeñas ELE

📝 Description

AEPELE is the Association of small Spanish language schools in Spain. Of recent creation and with 25 members already, it has ambitious plans to put its members on the map, on international agents’ contact lists and in the Spanish institutions’ outlook.

The founder of AEPELE will speak about the origins of the association, the characteristics of its members’ business model and their customer base.

The presentation will also cover what differentiates the school members and how sustainability is at the heart of what they do. A brief introduction of its 25 members and their plans going forward will round up this presentation.

17:00 – 17:55 | Study in Spain – education, our art

🎤 Speakers

Fernando León, Head Education Department, ICEX Spain Exports and Investment
Gloria Mínguez Ropiñón, Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for the Spanish around the world. Ministry of foreign affairs, EU and Cooperation

📝 Description

More than One Million international students enrolled at Spanish institutions in the 2018-2019 academic year, generating an overall economic impact on the Spanish economy close to 4.000 Millon Euros. Why Spain is a Top Destination for International Student Mobility Programs: Education Excellence, European Education System, Spanish Language, English Language programs, Quality of Living, one of the safest countries in Europe, European Destination, Avant Garde infrastructures, mind openness, culture, etc.. Spain as a business partner with Education Agents and Education System in Spain.

18:00 – 18:55 | FEDELE sectorial report: certification & quality standards in Spanish language tourism

🎤 Speaker

Mar Rodríguez, International Relations Manager, FEDELE - Federación Española de Asociaciones Escuelas de Español para Extranjeros

📝 Description

The Federation of Spanish as a Foreign Language Schools, FEDELE, will present in this space the main data on ELE language tourism in Spain, highlighting the value of the sector and the variables that make it a valuable economic and social bet. In addition, we will study the certificates and quality processes that should be established as standards to continue the path of growth and the benefit of companies directly related to this educational and tourist phenomenon.