Visa Service in Cadiz

Our visa service in Cádiz is provided from within the school by our TESOL Administrator, Teresa. This means that Teresa can work with our non-EU trainees before, during and after the course to make sure that they get a fast and reliable service, while also keeping costs as low as possible. Teresa is always around in the school to help deal with any issues or answer any questions.

Do I need a visa?

Unless you have an EU Passport, you’ll only be allowed to stay in the Schengen Zone on a tourist visa for 90 days. The Schengen Zone includes Spain and most other EU countries. If you plan to stay longer, you need to apply for a different visa.


You don’t need to have a student visa in order to take our 5-week Trinity CertTESOL course or the face-to-face component of the Trinity DipTESOL course. However, if you are interested in staying in Spain for longer than three months, you can take an intensive Spanish course with our local partners in Cádiz. This will allow you to gain an accredited teaching qualification and then immerse yourself in the Spanish language.

The Spanish courses have a rolling intake, meaning you can join any Monday throughout the year. On the first day, you’ll be level-tested and then placed in a small group (3-8 students) at the right level to suit you. The levels are matched to the CEFR, with classes for all abilities from A1 to C2. Prices start from 190€ for 20 classes per week. There are various course options to choose from: General Spanish, additional one-to-one lessons or DELE exam preparation courses, and you can even combine Spanish with a speciality course such as Spanish for Tourism or a Spanish Literature course.

The Spanish school is located close to the historic Casco Antiguo of Cádiz, an easy 25-minute walk from the school or a short bus ride away. With all the Spanish courses taking place in the mornings, Monday – Friday, you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the sights of the city.

What are the most viable options?

You have two options:

  • Short-term student visa (4 to 6 months)

The short term student visa does not allow you to do paid work.

  • Long-term student visa (minimum 7 months)

With the long-term student visa, you are eligible to legally work for up to 20 hours per week, which is almost a full time job (24 hours teaching is generally considered full time) If you decide you would like a student visa, then you also need to be enrolled in a full time course of study. 20 hours a week of studies is considered to be full time.

What do I need to provide for my student visa?

Generally speaking, the Spanish consulate requires the following:

  • Visa application form
  • passport-type photos
  • valid passport and ID card
  • letter of acceptance from the school
  • full payment of your courses
  • evidence of sufficient funds for the length of your stay
  • proof of international health insurance
  • payment of visa application fee
  • a medical certificate and criminal background check (for long-term student visas only)

Can I travel in Europe before or after my student visa?

You may be allowed to travel before your course starts if you ask the consulate at the time of your visa application, but this can usually only be for a few days. However, once your student visa expires it will automatically switch to a 90-day tourist visa to allow you to travel around the Schengen zone.

How can we help you?

We provide a comprehensive Spanish visa support service which includes:

Before you arrive:

  • Guidance to apply for a student visa
  • Enrollment letter required for the visa application
  • Fast replies and unlimited support through email or Skype/phone chats

Once in Spain:

  • Access to the Careers Service to help you find work locally.

If you are thinking about coming to Cádiz to take our Trinity CertTESOL, one of our teacher development courses or a Spanish course with our local partners, get in touch to find out more about how we can help you obtain your visa or apply for a course.