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Universidad de Málaga
The Universidad de Málaga (UMA), founded in 1972, attracts students from all over the world, including Asia, Europe, and the United States. The UMA offers courses in Spanish language and culture to international students at its Centro Internacional de Español, located five minutes from the beach in the beautiful El Palo neighborhood. Courses with local Spanish students are held at the Teatinos campus in the northwestern part of the city, about 15-20 minutes from downtown. The campus has computer labs, libraries, an athletic gym, and intramural sports. The UMA is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).
Spring 2 2024
Jan 30, 2024 - Apr 30, 2024
Oct 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Oct 15, 2023
180 - 225 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Offering Spanish language and culture courses for the beginning through advanced levels, as well as elective courses taught in English, this program is ideal for students who want to improve their Spanish while fulfilling their general education and elective requirements abroad. You will complete a placement test upon arrival in Málaga to confirm your language level and Spanish courses. You will enroll in 4- 5 courses per semester.
All courses are held at the University of Málaga's Centro Internacional de Español and are taught by host university faculty. Program participants will benefit from small class sizes. Beginning and intermediate level Spanish classes are held with international students while advanced Spanish and courses in English are held with ISA students only.
Students may choose to incorporate an Intensive Month program before or after this program for an additional cost. Please refer to the Intensive Month program section of the website for more information and to ensure that the program dates will align.
Gap students are also eligible for this program.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Spanish Visa Support
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
180 - 225
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 22
- Course Selection
You must select at least 180 contact hours per semester and may enroll in no more than 225 contact hours. Course enrollment and final schedules are confirmed onsite following a required placement exam.
- High Beginning & Intermediate
All courses under the High Beginning/Intermediate heading besides Spanish Language will combine both High Beginning and Intermediate students and are taught at the High Beginning language level.
- Language Requirement Policy
There is no language requirement for this program. It is strongly recommended by ISA that you enroll in a beginner language course if you have no prior Spanish knowledge.
- Course Credit
The transcript from the Universidad de Malaga will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (email@example.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at email@example.com
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will have a short commute to class. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing requests cannot be guaranteed.
Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
The student residence (residencia in Spanish) is similar to a small dorm and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The residencia houses Spanish and international students, giving you the opportunity to meet Spaniards and practice your language skills. Please note that the residencia is a private business and does not have a direct affiliation with the University of Málaga. Three meals per day are included (with some exceptions) as well as laundry service once per week. Students usually share a room with another ISA student but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room. This option is only available for semester or year program students. A $500 housing deposit is required from students choosing this option as well as an extra surcharge. ISA may retain some, or all, of the housing deposit in the case of damage to property.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.
Seville & Córdoba
On this overnight excursion, you will tour the famous Mezquita in Córdoba, a 10th-century mosque that curiously houses a 16th-century cathedral. You will explore the historic Jewish quarter and visit one of three original synagogues remaining in Spain. Córdoba was once home to Romans, Muslims, Christians and Jews, each leaving imprints that you will be able to identify by the time you leave.
During the weekend that you will be in Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of Europe's top destinations for tourism, culture and commerce, you will explore the medieval part of Barcelona such as the Gothic Quarter and the bohemian El Born district, as well as the emblematic monuments such as Park Güell, Casa Batilló, and La Sagrada Familia.
Cultural activities in Málaga
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Málaga. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Málaga special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included visiting the Alcazaba, taking a boat ride around the Málaga Bay, taking a cooking class, and wine tasting.