Intensive Spanish Language

Universidad de Málaga
Málaga, Spain
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive Spanish Language

  • Location

    Málaga

  • Host University

    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).

  • Term

    Fall 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Sep 25, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Jun 10, 2019

  • Credit

    225 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $11,450

  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Open to students of all language levels, this focused, intensive program will rapidly improve your Spanish language abilities. You will take a month-long Spanish language class covering the skills of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. All students are required to take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Málaga. This exam will determine your language level and course selections are not confirmed until the results are available. Classmates are international students, the majority of whom are North American. All classes are taught by Universidad de Málaga faculty at the Centro Internacional de Español.

Note that the program price does not include airport transportation or excursions. If you are interested in extending your studies, there is also the option to complete multiple intensive month programs back-to-back.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Spanish Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

225

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

22

Academic Information

  • Modular Program Structure
    The Málaga Intensive Spanish Language semester program is divided into three sequential modules (sessions) of Spanish language courses and allows you to potentially progress through three language levels in one semester.
  • Program Eligibility
    Because of the modular structure of this program, if you place into the high advanced level or above (5+ semesters/7+ quarters), you may not be eligible for this program and may be required to enroll in the Málaga Hispanic Studies, Business & Spanish Language program.
  • Hours of Instruction
    You will take a total of 225 contact hours. The first two modules will be 90 contact hours each, while the third module will be 45 contact hours. Hours of instruction for each course may vary depending on your language level progression throughout the program.
  • Course Credit
    The transcript from the Universidad de Málaga will reflect contact hours and ECTS for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.

Courses

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Universidad de Málaga
International Students
Beginning
90 Contact Hours
High Beginning
90 Contact Hours
Intermediate
90 Contact Hours
Advanced
90 Contact Hours
Superior
90 Contact Hours
High Superior
90 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Kendra Ansotigue

Program Manager, Spain

MÁLAGA TEAM

Heidi Doerr

Resident Director, Spain

Iker Villamarin Renteria

Assistant Resident Director, Spain

Eugenio Aguilar

IT Director - Europe, Spain

José Manuel Garrido

Systems Administrator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

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.

Homestay

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.

Student Residence

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 refundable housing deposit and a $100 per month surcharge is required for this option. ISA may retain some, or all, of the housing deposit in the case of damage to property.

Independent Housing

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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Córdoba

On this excursion you will tour the famous Mezquita, 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.

Granada

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.

Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.

Ronda

On this trip you will visit one of Andalusia's most unique ancient towns and one modern coastal city. Founded by Romans, Ronda is perched atop a canyon that gives way to a gorge known as the Tajo, providing spectacular views of the Guadalevin River below. You will get to see ruins of the hammams, or ancient Arab baths, as well as Spain's second-oldest bullring.

Seville

Seville is a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and as at the birthplace of flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.

Toledo

Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.