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The Meddeas Application Process

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Do you want to gain international experience? Are you keen to start a new adventure in the sunny land of Spain? Then, the first step is applying for the program. Here you will find everything about the Meddeas application process.

Applying for any program can be daunting. But no need to worry. This post is here to relieve the angst by providing useful tips and advice to get you through the Meddeas application process.

Stage 1: Program’s Information and Application

Now, you’ve read the blog, studied the Meddeas webpage, and are interested in finding out more and applying to join one of the Meddeas’ Programs. Then, it is the moment to read the Program Brochure and the FAQs of the program you are applying for.

Read the Program’s Information and the FAQs

It is very important to read these documents before applying. They will provide further information about the different programs you can apply for, your eligibility, and other useful information about the application process. This information will be your friend for the entire application process. You must read it thoroughly and take notes if needed.

It is important in this application to consider your interests when it comes to your living and teaching circumstances. Again, it’s indispensable to read the FAQs before answering these sections.

There are two choices for accommodation: independent housing or host family. Both provide a unique living experience in Spain. To get an understanding of the two, the Meddeas blog provides an insightful read.

This is what Meddeas’ online application form looks like.

Fill in the Online Application Form

Once you have read all the information it’s time to fill out the online application form.

First, the application asks for some basic information to determine your eligibility for the specific program that you are applying for. Then you will be asked for further information to know you better: name, contact details, where did you study…

Then, the application form will ask you about any other languages you can speak. Don’t worry if your Spanish is not up to scratch. Considering your role is to teach English, speaking Spanish is not a necessity. Take it from someone who knew very little Spanish when starting this internship!

Also, it will ask you to provide any previous teaching experience or volunteering with children. If you have no direct experience, any other experience that you think will benefit your application is useful. Do not be scared to mention it.

Finally, the application form also asks for additional information to get a better understanding of your circumstances and interests. This gives Meddeas an idea of your personality and potential.

Meddeas first interview

Stage 2: First Online Interview

If you successfully managed to get to the next stage of the Meddeas application process, then WELL DONE! Now it’s time to get yourself prepared for the first interview.

First, you have to make sure you have a working laptop with a video camera. This interview is via video call with a Meddeas interviewer based in Spain. Besides, take into consideration the time difference with your allocated time slot.

As mentioned previously, the FAQs are an important resource throughout the interview process. It’s important to read them thoroughly. The interviewer wants to know that you have done your research and are passionate about the program. He or she may test your knowledge and ask questions about the program.

Be Clear on Your Interests

It’s also important to consider your reasons why you want to become a Meddeas participant and what you want to gain out of this experience. It will be useful to remind the interests that you selected in the online application form. The interviewer will discuss them in further detail.

As with many interviews, they may ask you to draw on your previous experience that would be beneficial to the role. Also, they can inquire how you would use your experience in a classroom environment. If you don’t have a lot of experience working with children, I would suggest looking up some simple classroom activities suitable for different age groups and language levels. Anyway, remember that previous experience is not required.

Show Your Personality and Enthusiasm

They may also ask some situational questions. For example; “Tell me about a time you were stressed and how you dealt with it” or “Tell me a time when you worked well in a group”. Although you don’t know what’s going to be asked, it’s always good to write down a few memorable situations in which you used and adapted your skills beneficially.

Overall, if you have done your research and preparation, then the interview should be simple and enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and enthusiasm. This interview is for Meddeas to get an idea of your personality and whether you have the skills and traits that will make you a great participant in the program.

So, smile, relax and just be yourself.

Meddeas second interview

Stage 3: Second Online Interview

If you make it through the first interview, you might be invited to a second one. This interview is a similar process to the first interview. The Meddeas interviewer wants to learn more about you and the type of participant you could potentially be. Be sure to show your passion for joining the program and again be sure of your reasons for joining the program.

Also, consider what you think Meddeas looks for in a participant and occasions where you have shown such attributes. Be prepared to put your speaking skills to the test. 

Like in the first interview, don’t be afraid to be yourself and think outside the box as you want to be a memorable applicant.

Stage 4: The Wait…

Once you’ve completed the last interview, it is a waiting game. You should hear if you have been successful in the Meddeas application process around two weeks after your interviews. Don’t forget to check your spam folder! If they have not responded, then no news is bad news.

If you are a successful candidate and there is a placement that matches your profile, Meddeas will contact you with your specific placement. Bear in mind that this does not mean that all of your interests will be accomplished, as each school looks for a particular profile. 

If you have got into the program and accepted a placement, then CONGRATULATIONS!

You will receive a pre-agreement offer that outlines the details and the next steps! Once you have read and signed the agreement, then it is time to prepare for your exciting new experience in Spain!

89 Responses

  1. Hello, My name is Jonah Kelley. I am graduating from the University of Denver this upcoming May and am thinking about applying for the program. I continue to try to open the application but it will not load. I was wondering if this was a common occurrence or if you could send me version of the form so that I may fill it out. Thank you

  2. Hi, I was curious when the applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open and when the due date is?

  3. Hi,
    I am a student looking to apply for the Meddeus programme for January 2024.
    I am wondering when the closing date for applications is?

    1. Hi Sophie! Thank you for your comment. The application process for January 2024 is still open, so you can easily apply at this link if you are interested. Wish you good luck!

  4. Hi, I have been accepted into the program and I am not able to find where to submit my refundable deposit?

    1. Hi Breanna. Thank you for your comment! I suggest you review the information your Admissions Coordinator sent you and if you still have any questions, reach out. She will guide you through the process.

  5. I have a question! I am a student from America who will be graduating this Spring. I would love to begin this application process but I am unsure of my plans for next year, and don’t want to realize after going through the interview process that I am unable to participate in the program. Is there an application deadline by which new applicants (for Fall of 2023) must apply/have an interview by?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    1. Thank you for your question Koren! Usually, after May is more complicated to find a placement that might meet your profile. Most of the placements are already assigned by then. We advise our applicants to go through the process as soon as possible to secure a placement.

  6. Hi I’m from South Africa I completed my 3yeaes Diploma in 2018 and I have a certificate in payroll I also have 120hours TEFL certificate am legible to apply for the program?

    1. Hello Busisiwe,
      Unfortunately, we can only offer placements to candidates who have obtained their bachelor’s degree within the last 4 years (from 2019 onward). Could you please send us an email with your resume to candidates@meddeas.es so we can determine your eligibility?

  7. If I was interested in starting the Medea’s Program for the 2023-24 school year in either September or October, when should I send in my application? Is it okay if I sent it in early?

  8. Hi! I am wondering about my application– when was the deadline to apply for the January 2023 placement?

  9. About how long after the FIRST skype interview do you hear back from Meddeas if you were accepted? It has been a week.

    1. Hello! It usually takes around a week to be contacted after the first skype interview in case you have been accepted.

  10. Hi, this seems great though unfortunately, I fear I may be too late to find this. Would it be possible to join for the 2022-2023 year, teaching either English or French?

  11. Hi! This sounds like such a great program! I wanted to see if you still have availability for the January 2023 term. Thank you so much for your help!

  12. Hi! I’m so excited to apply for this program! Two questions: I am in the process of getting a USA passport, can I apply without one? Second, I would have a projected start date of September 2023. Can I apply soon or do I have to wait? If so, when do I apply for September 2023?

    1. Hey there! You can apply without the passport as long as you have it when it is time to move to Spain. On the other hand, if you want to apply for September 2023 you will need to wait until January 2023, that is the time we start receiving applications for the next academic year. Thank you for reading!

  13. Hi! I am wondering how long after the first interview does it typically take to hear back? I am curious at what point it should be assumed that there will not be a second interview. Thanks!

    1. Hello Ciara. After the first interview you can expect an answer within a week. If a week has passed and you still have not heard anything, then you most likely will not have a second interview. Thank you for reaching out and good luck!

  14. Hi there! I just completed my second interview and am so so excited about this program, but haven’t yet heard back. It has been one week since my last interview, which my interviewer told me was the time frame I should hear back within, since I applied for September. Is it possible that I still may hear back from Meddeas later than one week? And is there any way to confirm the status of my application? Thank you!

    1. Hello Alexis! The time that it takes to assess each profile after the sencond interview can vary depending on the time of the year. If your interviewer mentioned that somebody could contact you within a week, then it’s very unlikely that you would hear anything after then.

  15. Hello!
    My name is Muhamad, from Indonesia.

    I graduated from undergraduate study in 2017 in my country with a major in English Language Education. But I am currently doing my Master’s study at the University of Southampton, the UK, studying English Language Teaching TESOL. And I will finish it in September this year.

    Am I eligble for this programme?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you.

  16. Hello, My name is Fabiola, I am in the US and I just graduated in Dec 2021 with my bachelors and I am looking to do a gap year teaching Spanish in Spain before starting my masters. Would I be an eligible candidate? Also, are there any spots left for this summer?

    1. Hello Fabiola. Yes! You are eligible. If you are interested, please send your resume to candidates@meddeas.es
      Our programs run from September/ October to June. Unfortunately, we do not offer summer programs. Thank you.

  17. Hi there,

    I am a 2nd year university student studying Spanish. My university is able to give me credits as a year abroad in Spain is a mandatory part of my course. I was wondering if it is possible for me to apply for a placement for between September/October 2022 – April/May 2023? My degree will finish in 2025.

  18. Hello
    I am a teacher of English . I hold a secondary education teaching diploma and a master’s degree in applied linguistics (science of language). I also have a TEFL Certificate (120H ONLINE course)…am I a good fit for the Program?!

  19. Hello
    I completed my high school certificate in 2019
    I have been a student since 2021 ,but decided to put my studies on hold this year
    I have completed my 120hour TEFL certificate,I received a memorandum but I will pay for the actual certificate soon
    Am from a native -English speaking country
    Am an entrepreneur and been doing a lot of business, working with people and academically,I do have a good reputation with science/medical related discipline.
    Am I eligible?

  20. Hi! I’m from Pakistan. I have completed my MPhil in English Literature in 2020. Am I eligible for Meddeas Language Assistant Program?

  21. Hi! I just sent in my application. How long until I got a response if I’ll be given an interview and do you accept applicants throughout the year? Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hello Ysabel. Thank you for your message and interest. The Candidates team will reply to your email as soon as possible. It is an ongoing process, yes.

  22. Hello,

    After looking at your FAQs, I am curious as to how the visa process works as it says you can only work a maximum of 20 hours and the meddeas programme you could work up to 25 hours. Is it a different than a student visa?

    Many thanks

    1. Hello Safia. Thank your message. This is an internship program based on an online course and teaching practice at school. As this is not a job per se, the 25 working hours you mention do not apply as work. These hours are officially part of the program. Thank you.

  23. Hello! I have an MA in Art Education and have been a full time teacher but was in a program that allowed me to teach with an emergency license until I received my state official license three years ago, am I still eligible or is this program only if you graduated from your first University 3 years ago? Gracias!

    1. Hello Kelly! These are grant programs oriented towards recent graduates. Due to legal restrictions, we can only offer placements to candidates who have obtained their high school certificate or bachelor’s degree within the last 4 years (as of 2018). In case you hold a master’s degree, we can consider master’s degrees in Education. Thank you

      1. Hello! Thank you for your response! I do have a Masters in Education, does that mean I can be considered, or only if I received it in the last four years?

        1. Dear Kelly, we are afraid that the 4-year legal restriction applies to the Masters degrees aswell. If you completed your Masters in Education more than 4 years ago, we would suggest you check a more suitable program such as ConversaSpain. Thanks for reaching out and we wish you the best of luck in your search!

  24. Hello! I am very interested in this program, but I have 2 questions.
    First, do I have to send my resume or the aplication form you guys send? Or both?
    Second, on the aplication form you guys ask for my passport Expiry Date, I have the USA passport, but it has been expired since 2015 and I have not had the chance to renew it, will it affect me in being selected in this program? I want to know if I have to renew it first and then apply or I can apply and renew it after I get selected.

    1. Hello! Thank you for your email and interest. You have to send both documents, please. You will need a valid passport to apply for your visa if you are a succesful candidate, but you can apply now without it. Thank you!

  25. Hello! I applied for this program to become a language assistant for academic year starting September 2022, I did the two interviews but unfortunately I did not get picked for the final selection. Is it okay if I apply again for the program for the academic year starting October 2022 instead?

    1. Dear Aaron, You have taken part in a highly competitive selection process and only those candidates that are considered to be a better fit for our Language Assistant Programs are finally selected. Unfortunately, one of our internal policies is not to reconsider applications from unsuccessful candidates. Thank you again for giving us the chance to meet you and we wish you the best of luck in the future.

  26. Hi team, I see from above comments and questions that one can only apply if you are a recent high school or university/college graduate, What opportunities are there for someone that graduated from university in 2016? I look forward to your response.

  27. Hello, I was just wondering when will applications close for the programme starting this year, and does the school year usually begin in September?

    1. Hello Ana Maria. It is an ongoing process but it is preferable if you apply now as we will start the allocation process soon. If you are interested, please send your resume to candidates@meddeas.es. Thank you.

  28. I am so sorry I thought the form was automatically typing in all capitals, I didn’t realise my caps-lock was on. Deepest apologies, I didn’t mean to shout. Best, Noelle

  29. HELLO!

    I’M CURRENTLY PART OF THE NALCAP PROGRAM BUT I’D LIKE TO CONTINUE MY JOURNEY IN SPAIN, SPECIFICALLY HERE IN ALICANTE. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I COULD BE PLACED IN ALICANTE THROUGH THE MEDDEAS PROGRAM?

    KIND REGARDS,
    NOELLE

  30. Hello! I just finished my bachelor’s degree on December 2021, I am very interested in this program. I just found out about it, so I was wondering if I am still on time to submit applications? Or when will I have to start the application process?

  31. Hi, Im from Chile graduated in 2016. I have lots of certificates and a diploma in Special Educational Needs. Im elegible for the program? Thanks

    1. Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we can only offer placements to candidates who have obtained their high school certificate or bachelor’s degree within the last 4 years (as of 2018). Thank you for your interest.

  32. Hello, I am a bachelor’s student going to graduate this fall 2022. Am I eligible for this program starting in September?

    1. Hello! Your stipend will depend on the type of program, your teaching hours per week, and your lodging option. Your
      monthly stipend/grant will allow you to live as a young professional in Spain. It is enough to pay your rent and
      cover all your expenses. You will find out the exact amount of money for each program in our FAQs document so we encourage you to download it. Thank you

  33. Hello,

    I am interested in this program. I do not have a college degree but I studied at the University of Arizona from 2007-2010. I also recently received my TEFL 120 hour certificate in November of 2021 through an accredited program called TEFL Online Pro. I was wondering if I would be eligible to apply?

    1. Thank you for your message! Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we can only offer placements to candidates who have obtained their high school certificate or bachelor’s degree within the last 4 years (as of 2018 for the 2022/2023 academic year). We hope you find another interesting opportunity soon.

  34. Hello there! I am from South Africa and I’m completing my bachelor’s degree this year in November/December. When will I have to start the application process if I want placement in January 2023?

    1. Hello! Thank you for your message. If you are interested in January 2023, please contact us again in July this year! We will be more than happy to proceed with your application.

  35. Hello, I am a college senior currently looking to do a gap year in Spain. Are there any particular deadlines for submitting applications? Or is there a suggested date that the applications should be done by?

    1. Dear Trenade! Thank you very much for your message and interest. I recommend you to apply as soon as possible as there are limited vacancies. Thank you!

  36. Hi there! How long after you are accepted to the program do you have to put down your deposit? Also how long from the time you submit your application is the first interview? Will the upcoming holidays impact this timeline? Thanks!

    1. Dear Sara,
      Thank you for your comment and interest. The allocation process starts around April so if you are a succesful candidate, you will receive the offer with all the information related to your placement by then or a little bit later. If you accept, then you have to pay the deposit at that moment. Now, we are interviewing candidates one week after their application. It is true that the rhythm decreases during the holiday but I recommend you to apply as soon as possible. Thank you!

  37. Hi! I am a college senior, interested in studying after college for a gap year. I am wondering if I can start my this application before I renew my passport? The one I have currently is expired.

    Thank you!

  38. Hello! Id like to ask, when will the deposit be made? After an applicant receives a placement? How many applicants do you usually hire?

    1. Applicants have to transfer a refundable deposit after accepting their placement as proof of your commitment to the program. This deposit will be given back at the end of the program, once they successfully complete their placement at school and the university course. Each academic year is different but more than 300 recent graduates join our program every year. It is important to remember that this is an internship program, not a job, so they sing an agreeement, not a contract. Thank you!

  39. Hello! I completed my bachelors degree in 2016, but I am currently completing a masters degree in Spain in teaching Spanish and I will graduate Spring 2022. Am I elegible for the program?

    Thank you!

  40. Hii there, I am from India and I have completed my college degree in 2020. Am I eligible to apply in this program?

      1. Hello my name is Mitchell Dausi im in zimbabwe i completed my college degree in 2018 will i be eligible to apply for this program.

  41. Greetings all ! About how long does it take to hear back from Meddeas after the first interview. At which point in the waiting process after the first interview, should you assume you are no longer being considered ?

    1. Hello! Normally, We require 2 weeks after the interview to assess every candidate’s profile. Now, we are speeding up the process so if you don’t hear from us in 4 business days, it means that you have not been selected to continue with the process. Receive all of our encouragement and good luck!

  42. Hi there, i am 25 years old i graduate high school in america in 2014 and i completed a 2 year college diploma in canada, i am wondering if i qualify as an applicant..

    1. Hello! Thank you for your interest. This is a grant program and, unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we can only offer placements to recent graduates (as of 2017 this academic year). Thank you

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