Spain participates in different bilateral agreements through the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Sports (MEFD) the main ones being:
|Increase mutual knowledge and understanding between Spain and the United States
|United States (US) of America
|Higher education graduates, Doctors and artists, depending on the action
|Between 3 and 24 months, depending on the action being applied for.
|It varies depending on the action, although it normally includes registration/tuition fees, travel expenses (one return journey) as well as accident and health insurance.
|Fulbright Commission, made up of both Governments: the US Government through its Department of State, and the Spanish Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training and Sports.
Cooperation and participation in worldwide programmes and organisations
Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE)
This body, dependent on the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, is responsible for managing the participation of Spain in the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU.
SEPIE is in charge of the following aspects:
- managing efficiently and transparently the European and national funds for the decentralised actions of the Erasmus+ programme;
- disseminating the opportunities of the Erasmus+ programme in order to improve the educational and training capacities of students, teachers and workers at all levels of education;
- improving the reception of foreign students, teachers and researchers in Spain, as well as of Spaniards abroad;
- enhancing the employability of participants and the internationalisation of education and training organisations.
In addition, it is in charge of the promotion of other European initiatives in education, such as the Euroscola Award, the European Label for innovative projects in language teaching and learning, the Europass and the Portfolio.
European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education
This agency, founded in 1996, is an independent and self-governing organisation comprised by the Ministries of Education of its 31 member countries to act as their platform for collaboration in the field of special needs education with the aim of contributing to the improvement of quality in education. This organisation is supported by the European Commission and Parliament.
Some of the initiatives in which Spain participates include the following:
- inclusive early childhood education;
- improving the performance of all students in inclusive education;
- new technologies for information accessibility;
- inclusion in vocational training;
- overview of the implementation of inclusive education policies;
- accessible information for lifelong learning actions;
- teacher training;
- assessment in inclusive environments;
- inclusive education indicators.
Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI)
International governmental organization for multilateral cooperation among Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Ibero-American countries in various fields, including education. The OEI aims to promote the universality of the right to education and improve the quality and equity of education throughout life.
Among the initiatives in which Spain participates, the following can be mentioned: the Ibero-American Intergovernmental Network for Technical Cooperation for Special Needs Education (RIINE), the Ibero-American Education Network for Young People and Adults (RIEJA) and the Ibero-American Network of Information and Communication Technology and Education (RIATE).
Andrés Bello Agreement
The Andrés Bello Agreement is an intergovernmental organisation aimed at promoting the educational, scientific and technological integration of its member countries. Spain has been a member since 1982.
Spain, like the rest of states, contributes to the recognition of basic and secondary education, recognises the qualifications obtained in the member states for access to postgraduate studies, and proposes specific lines for action which include exchanges for technical assistance, internships, seminars, training workshops and exchanges of experts.
The Carolina Foundation is a public-private institution, established in 2000, which promotes cultural relations and educational and scientific cooperation between Spain and Ibero-American countries.
Among its programmes related to education, it is worth highlighting:
- Training Programme (Grants), whose aim is to facilitate and promote further study in Spain for university graduates from Latin America or Portugal through grants;
- International Visitors’ Programme (PIV), which intends to create and consolidate bilateral and cooperation relations between Spain and the countries to be given priority for Spanish foreign action;
- Living in Spain Programme, which seeks to provide Latin American beneficiaries a deeper understanding of the Spanish reality and allow them to establish links between them, as well as with Spain and the Foundation;
- Carolina Network, designed to emphasise and strengthen the exchange, cooperation and learning relations the Carolina Foundation generates through the different programmes.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
In 1960, Spain signs an agreement with the OECD, whose task is to promote policies to improve the economic development and social welfare of people around the world.
In the field of Education, the following action lines are considered: measurement of results, teaching and learning, development and use of skills, policy development and implementation, and innovation and the future of education.
Among the OECD actions in which Spain is involved, the most important ones are: , and
- Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA);
- Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS);
- Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencie (PIAAC);
- Indicators of Education Systems (INES).
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Since 1953, Spain takes part in the work of the UNESCO. In the field of education, the following general themes are covered: key elements for education, education systems, educational planning and management, and international action.
Some of the projects in which Spain participates with UNESCO include:
- UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme. It is organised around the following themes: citizenship and values education; early childhood; education for sustainable development; higher education; lifelong learning; inclusive education; right to education; teacher education, technical and vocational training; gender equality; health and welfare education; education in emergencies; education policy and planning; ICTs; literacy; school violence and bullying.
- UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet - RedPEA). It is global network of more than 9 000 educational institutions in 176 countries. Spain participates with approximately 220 Associated Schools located in most Autonomous Communities.