How to choose a university degree?

03 Nov 2023

In this article we will explain how to choose a university degree. We’re sure you’ve thought about it a lot: a university degree is not something you choose lightly. That’s why we want to help you choose the best option. If you are looking for a university degree in Spain, here is some advice on which are the best options available to you and why. We also tell you some details of Elisava’s university degrees: the Degree in Design and Innovation and the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering.

University Degrees in Spain

Currently, the education system in Spain is regulated and defined by two laws: the Organic Law of Education (LOE) of 2006 and the Organic Law of Modification of the LOE (LOMLOE) of 2020, which introduces some changes with respect to the previous one. Within this framework, the Spanish education system is organised into different stages, courses and levels.

These include university education, which is part of higher education. The university degree or university course provides general training in one or more disciplines and its duration depends on each university degree, ranging from three to five years, although four years is the most common.

There are different ways of accessing a university degree:

  • If you have a degree, you can enter university by taking the university entrance exams, the selectividad.
  • If you have a higher vocational training course, you can go directly to university with the average mark of the vocational training course. Only if this average mark does not allow you to access the desired studies will you have to take the specific part of the selectividad.
  • If you have a completed university degree, you can access the university through the same access route you used the first time or through the average mark of your university degree.
  • If you are over 25, 40 or 45 years old and you do not meet any of the above requirements, you can access university studies through a specific entrance exam.

You can find all the information on how to access a university degree here.

How to choose between different degree courses?

There are currently 88 universities in Spain, 50 of which are public (including two distance learning universities) and 38 private universities. According to data provided by the Ministry of Universities, published at the end of the academic year 2020-2021, during the academic year 2019-2020, 3,008 bachelor’s degree courses were offered in Spain as a whole.

The branches of knowledge to which Bachelor’s degrees can be assigned are Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences, and Engineering and Architecture. If we go into detail, the branch of Social and Legal Sciences is the one that had the highest number of university bachelor’s degrees (1,068) during the 2019-2020 academic year, and the lowest number of degrees taught (251) was in the branch of Sciences. Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia were the Autonomous Communities with the highest number of degrees offered.

Discover our range of university degrees

Among the wide range of university degrees available throughout Spain, we find Elisava’s university degrees: the Degree in Design and Innovation, belonging to the branch of knowledge of Arts and Humanities, and the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering, belonging to the branch of Engineering and Architecture.

Choosing a university is a very important moment for you and if you are still thinking about how to choose a university degree, we would like to share with you some information that may help you. For example, 20,000 students have already chosen Elisava as their university. In addition, 90% of our students find a job less than a year after finishing their degree. In this sense, many of our students have ended up working in companies such as Spotify, Mediapro, H&M, Adidas, IKEA, LEGO, Danone or Samsung. As if that were not enough, almost 80% of our graduates would repeat the same university degree at our faculty.

Moreover, during the four years of our undergraduate studies you will participate in academic projects, internships, innovation labs, workshops and other activities in collaboration with companies, institutions, organisations and NGOs; all of these activities are part of the day-to-day life of our faculty and constitute a differential factor to bring you closer to the professional world from the first year.