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The center where to study, not only tries to choose one at random, but it is a very strategic issue where the brand must also be taken into account.

The place where a vocational training is studied is generally in vocational training centers, sometimes also called institutes. Between Andorra and Spain you can select from more than 2,000 centers.

At present, the demand for professional training has grown so much that many centers also make pre-registration lists and carry out admission processes similar to those of universities, taking into account the student's grade. Many already have a cut-off note to access. We recommend that you do not leave your pre-registration until the last day and that you ask them for the admission requirements.

If the center is private, we advise you to be careful that the training is recognized by the ministry, since sometimes they offer training with very similar names but that are official, if not titled.

The place to get a college degree is the university. Between Spain and Andorra you can access more than 80 universities recognized by the Ministry of Education. There are many others that are not recognized and that offer training with their own titles. Of those that are recognized by the ministry, you will find some that are public and others private.

The public universities to access will ask you that: a) That you have the selectivity approved, b) That you have the certificate of access to the university for seniors, c) That you have completed a training cycle or professional baccalaureate of a higher degree.

The criteria followed to access these universities is to establish a ranking of grades according to the places they have available. If, for example, a university has 60 places, it will enroll the 60 students with the best grade. The note that the person who makes 60 has is what is known as the cut-off note. One of the most important differences with private universities is the price. While a public one can be around €1,200 annually, a private one can be around between €6,000 and €20,000 depending on the degree and the university.

Private universities have their own selection criteria, but it is mandatory that you have the same obligations: a) That you have the selectivity approved, b) That you have the university access certificate for seniors, c) That you have completed a cycle training or higher professional baccalaureate.

These universities in their selection criteria also take into account aspects such as: A reason for which you want to study with them, having done related projects as volunteers, among others, or your professional profile, among others. One of the factors that they generally look at is the academic profile, which will also take into account your high school or university entrance marks. Although they will only ask you to have the access or the selectivity approved, many students only do the compulsory part of the selectivity. That sometimes leaves them out of being able to enter, since there are students who have a better grade than them because they also did the specific part of the selectivity.

Finally, private is not always better.

When selecting, you should see the mark that the university will leave on your resume for when you have to find a job. While for careers that many students do, such as ADE, it is better to do it in a private one because it sets you apart from the rest, for those in health sciences or engineering it is better to do it in a public one, since the company will value it more .

The 5 keys

  1. Investigate the center or university that best suits you. Pay them a visit if you can or go to the open house.

  2. Ask HR people which brand they value most, from a university, for a professional position like the one you are going to study for.

  3. Review your academic profile and see which ones you have the best chance of entering by grade. Remember that you can make as many pre-registration lists as there are autonomous communities. Not only can you do it in one or yours.

  4. Take into account the price, but also other aspects such as residence or living on your own. It is still cheaper for you to study in a private school in your city than in a public one in another community.

  5. Finally, also assess other aspects that the university will provide you, such as networking or contacts, research projects, Erasmus, Internship or exchanges with other universities in other countries, etc.

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