Education

Education in Spain

More than a million young people studying in the nearly forty Spanish public universities. Universities are also the core of scientific and technical research.

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The system of Spanish university education is totally different from ours. What is surprising is that input is not required to pass any exams to enter college. It all depends on the final test is taken at the end of high school.

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Currently there are four levels of education: preschool, basic general education (EGB), and Multipurpose Unified Baccalaureate (BUP) and university education. Training of first and second degree (FP FP-I and-II) is, together with the Bachelor, which is called Secondary Education.

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The Spanish higher education institutions (54 universities) 1,684,445 students were enrolled during 1996 - 1997.

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Education in Spain is free and compulsory for children between 6 and 16 years. The school system consists of primary schools (for children 3-5 years), primary education (6-11) and secondary school (12 to 16 in two cycles of two courses).

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The golden age of the coexistence of cultures took place during the Middle Ages, when Muslims, Christians and Jews established strong interfaith centers of higher education in Cordoba, Granada and Toledo.

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