Intensive Spanish Language
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).
Winter 1 2019
Jan 02, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019
Oct 10, 2018
270 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Spanish Visa Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Subscription to The New York Times
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
- 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, Spanish Language, Business & Electives in English program.
- Hours of Instruction
Hours of instruction for each course listed below 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.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you will 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 Funding Your Program 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
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Spain (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips and one day trip to the following destinations.
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. 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 while also being introduced to key information about health and safety through the Bridging Cultures Program. With visits to the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and more, you will be able to expand your knowledge about Spanish history, culture and politics.
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.
As the second stop of the Bridging Cultures Program and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, your visit to Toledo 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, El Tránsito, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
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.