Spain currently receives around 90,000 international students each year (2015-2016 MECD report), according to figures from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. 2,500 of them come to the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, the fifth region that receives most foreign students behind Madrid, Catalonia, Valencia and Andalusia, making it a significant benchmark for foreign students taking into account that it ranks behind much larger regions with more universities.
Year after year new students from third countries enroll in the universities of the Canary Islands for their studies; for every Spanish student going abroad one international student comes to our country.
As for the Universidad Europea de Canarias, almost 15% of our students come from abroad. As a member of the Laureate International Universities Network we are also connected to over one million students at 70 universities across the world. Our international outlook makes us stand out from the rest; we offer an education that is open to the world.
And the best example of this international trend is the Erasmus+ program, which has increased the number of foreign Bachelor’s degree students in the Spanish University System tenfold. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by Fundación CyD to mark the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ program, the Canary Islands has the same percentage of students leaving the region to go to other countries, such as those of you who come to study on the islands.
One key that makes the Canary Islands unique is the innate hospitality it offers foreign students choosing it as the destination for their studies. Most want to come back after their academic experience and are therefore our best ambassadors when they return to their countries. There are many reasons to justify the fact that the Canary Islands is one of the best destinations for studying not only in Spain, but in all of Europe.
The Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands offers a wide range of study options according to the demands of a global market. The educational offering at the Universidad Europea de Canarias campus, located in La Orotava, includes Bachelor’s degrees, Double degrees, Graduate degrees and Master’s degrees so that students develop their full potential and acquire a professional profile that is attractive on the international market.
The Universidad Europea de Canarias has responds to this innovation model in higher education, widely and successfully developed in areas such as health, social sciences, architecture, tourism and communications.
True to our commitment to innovation, we offer an international educational model that is connected to the professional world, with high academic quality and based on acquiring knowledge, competences and values. We also seek to generate and transfer knowledge through applied research.
From concerts, sporting events, theater, exhibitions, cinema, catwalks, conferences, etc. Or taking a trip to discover the beauty of the islands, Tenerife has created an attractive range of vibrant, unique cultural options, led by the internationally-renowned Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Tenerife is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city and, thanks to its unique personality, you can enjoy cuisine from all over the world as well as local dishes that reflect the wealth of an island region with characteristics that make it stand out from the rest.
It cuisine is a reflection of the cultural wealth and diversity of a city that combines very diverse cultures.
Quality of life is an element students consider most when assessing a city. In the case of Tenerife, the weather -with an average temperature of 20 degrees year-round- and the unique landscape mean that this island is chosen by foreign students who see it as an opportunity to receive an education and learn about the idiosyncrasies of an island region. What’s more, the quality of life in Tenerife comes from its friendly locals, easy transport and accommodation options, among others.
Spain is a very safe country. In fact, it ranks 17th place in the 162 safest countries, proof that it is one of the safest countries in the EU and, therefore, one of the safest in the world.
As for the Canary Islands, it is considered one of the safest regions in Europe, which is clearly true as it receives over 16 million tourists each year who visit the archipelago not just for the sun, beaches and landscapes, but also for the safety it offers.
The location of the Canary Islands means you can travel to Africa, especially Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal or Mauritania – countries that have trade relations and scheduled flights with the archipelago.
One of the reasons for students completing part of their studies abroad is that learning a second language is important. In this area the Canary Islands region is also privileged as it offers the opportunity to learn the second most commonly-spoken language in the world today.
In a global context, in terms of the prospect of being able to speak a language in constant expansion, –the 2017 Annual Report prepared by the Cervantes Institute estimates that by 2050 the Spanish-speaking population will grow to 754 million people worldwide. –, over 7.8% of the world’s population –. This is without a doubt one of the Canary Island’s best strengths.