Students from other countries in the European Union do not need a student-visa for staying at Metàfora. Students from outside the European union do, if the stay is longer than 3 months. For shorter periods a tourist-visa is enough.
We try to help future students as much as possible, but we recommend that you contact the Spanish consulate in your country concerning student visa before you apply.
What should you do before you come to Spain?
Once admitted to the International Workshop, you will receive admission papers and an invoice for the reservation fee. When you have paid this, you will receive papers confirming your definite enrollment on the course. With these papers you contact the embassy or consulate in your country. They will give you a list of additional requirements for obtaining a student visa (particular to each country, but likely to include private medical insurance, a certain amount of money in the bank, clean criminal record, etc.).
Sometimes the consulate will require additional information about the course. Do not hesitate to contact us in this case.
The visa-application process can take a long time, in some cases several months. You are likely to be given a 3 month initial visa to complete once in Spain. Unfortunately, the whole process is dominated by long queues and waiting times, so it is a good idea to start the completion of your visa as soon as you arrive.
Barcelona is not a dangerous place, but our students have often had things stolen while walking in the street. Insurance against theft is therefore not a bad idea.
Once you arrive
For overseas students, a Certificado de Empadronamiento (registering your address in Barcelona with the City Council) will be first on the list of documents you must process in order to legalise your stay here. You can get the Certificado de Empadronamiento from your local government office/town hall, Ayuntamiento or Ajuntament (each area of Barcelona has one).
Bring your passport and any document proving that you are living at the apartment or house where you are staying, i.e. tenancy agreement/lease, utility bills, a letter from your landlord or from the person whose name is on the lease, etc. You can also get a form from the town hall and ask your landlord to fill it out and provide the necessary documents (a photocopy of his DNI and most recent utilities bill with his name on it).
Tarjeta de residencia
Once you have the Certificado de Empadronamiento you will need the definite tarjeta de residencia de estudiante, student residence card (NIE) .
Most Overseas students obtain their NIE (this depends on your country of origin) from the Oficina de Extranjeros at the following address: Rambla de Guipúscoa, 74, Barcelona
You will need:
- A completed application form
- 3 ID photos (recognised format: colour, front-view, etc)
- Original and a photocopy of your passport
- Photocopy of your initial student visa (which is normally valid for 3 months)
- An acceptance letter from the school (in Spanish) stating that you have been admitted to the course for more than 3 months.
- The receipt for your paid tuition fee
- Any document stating that you have the economic means to support yourself during your stay here in Spain.
- For example, your bank account statement, a scholarship certificate, a letter from someone saying that he or she will be responsible for your stay here.
All the documents should be legally validated and in Spanish.
If you have problems or additional questions, the address of the Central Foreign Office is:
Oficina de Extranjeros, Avenida Marquès de l’Argentera, 4, 08071 Barcelona
Metro: Barceloneta (L4). Phone: 93 482 0544
Office Hours: Mon to Thurs from 9.30 to 15.30, Fri from 9 to 2.
Beware of the extremely long queues!!!