lmcco8. I have used that consulate many times. I used to live in Boston. When I studied abroad in Spain, I went through that consulate. It is best to call them and make an appointment (they are very helpful). Once you are there, they will tell you the proper documentation that you will need. This is important, so there are no mistakes. They need time to verify and process the information and it can take weeks, depending on if you have an american passport(which I do not) or not.They will want to know the dates that you are going. This is not the type of thing you want to do if today is monday and I want to go to spain thursday. You will not get the visa. Not sure about the health insurance. Your study abroad program should provide you with that, I used Academic Programs International (college credit at Umass Amherst with univeristy of Seville. My school did not have a one year program in Spain they had a summer programs in Salamanca, granada and semester programs in oviedo. I want to go for one year) based in texas and insurance was provided in the program.I could have gone to any hospital in spain and I could have gotten reimbursments for medications (medications in spain are much cheaper than the usa).
The boston consulate is pretty good. Good luck.i am assuming this is to study and not to work.