Studying at SEK-Catalunya

Studying at SEK-Catalunya offers a wonderful opportunity for students from abroad to come and study in Spain, a rich beacon of culture and history for anyone wishing to experience and expand an international mindset.

Spain is one of the safest and most dynamic countries in Europe, providing a nurturing place to come and study. The school is located in La Garriga, only 35 km away from the bustling city center of Barcelona and at the foot of the Parc Natural del Montseny, an UNESCO biosphere reserve. The school is surrounded by almost four hectares of forest, a perfect setting for outdoor sports, such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running or climbing.

The proximity of the city of Barcelona allows residents to enjoy its immense cultural offering, and the proximity to the Maresme coast will delight lovers of sailing, surfing, kayak, diving or any other water sports.



SEK-Catalunya is the only school in Catalonia accredited to teach the three International Baccalaureate Organisation programmes from 3 up to 18 years of age; Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) alongside the Spanish national curriculum. For the youngest ones we also offer Nursery Education from 4 months to 3 years old.

We provide a wide range of languages for students coming from different countries (more than 28 nationalities). The percentage of the syllabus taught in English varies according to the educational stage, but in all cases it is above 65%. Of course, students will continue to learn Spanish and Catalan, while also maintaining the option of acquiring a fourth language by choosing between French and German as from years in Primary School.

  • In Nursery the classes for 1 year old student are delivered 100% in English.
  • In Secondary Education there are three academic pathways depending on the level of English of the students: in Spanish, English or bilingual.
  • In Baccalaureate , our students can choose to take the Diploma Programme in English and / or Spanish , or the Spanish national Bachillerato.

What is more, our rigorous programme and class sizes mean that, from mathematics to science, the humanities to the arts our students are challenged in an academic environment which ensures their progress and preparation at the very best level.

As an international school we have several accreditations (IB®, NEASC, ECIS, etc.) and programmes that are open to all of our students. With NEASC accreditation we offer an accredited American High School Diploma, to all DP graduates.

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Studying in Spain

We are excited to welcome non-European Union students to our school, believing it to enrich our culture and develop international-mindedness and cross-cultural understanding. Studying at our school and boarding on campus will be a life-changing and wonderful experience.

Students from the EU do not need to apply for a VISA.

NON-EU students need to apply for a VISA before their arrival, which can be obtained through their local embassy. The school will provide the Admissions Letter in order to submit it to the Embassy for the VISA process.

The Spanish Immigration Service has a webpage where you can check whether you need a visa to study in Spain.





Guardianship is a practical and moral support system for young students who are studying in a foreign country, away from their parents. It provides reassurance to students, their parents, and the schools they are attending, that should a student need any additional care, support or assistance, there is somebody nearby who can, and will, help.

If an international student does not have relatives or close friends living in Spain who will act as a guardian or host family, then you must engage the services of a guardian while studying in Spain. All international students must have a guardian during their time in the school, regardless of their age. SEK-Catalunya can provide this service. For more information please enquire by filling out the Contact Form below.