Hispanic Studies, Spanish Language, Business & Electives in English
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).
Fall 2 2019
Sep 25, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
180 - 225 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
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.
A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.
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
Bridging Cultures Program
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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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
Resident Director, Spain
Iker Villamarin Renteria
Assistant Resident Director, Spain
Student Services Coordinator, Spain
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.View all Funding Options
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 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.
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
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 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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.