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Universidad de Málaga

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Program Snapshot

Universidad de Málaga (UMA) is a young and dynamic institution that offers 60 undergraduate degrees, 55 Masters degrees and 43 doctoral programs. UMA has grown quicker than any other young university in Spain and is ranked among the best educational institutions in the country. Located in Andalucia, Málaga boasts sunshine, culture and history making it a great location to study abroad.

Malaga, the capital city of the Costa del Sol and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Thanks to its exceptional climate, the province has become a popular tourist destination within Europe, and today boasts an outstanding range of cultural attractions, sports amenities and services. All of this makes Málaga a wonderful place to live, as can be seen by the large number of residents from Germany, England, Denmark and Sweden who have chosen to live and retire there.

With one of the mildest climates in Europe and a rich and diverse landscape made up of costal areas, mountains and agricultural plains, Málaga is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and stunning scenery.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Fair.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year : late September to late June/early July. Semester 1: late September to mid February; Semester 2: mid February to late June/early July.

Arts and Humanities: History, Geography and Land Management, Classics, Hispanic Studies, English Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Translation and Interpretation, Fine Arts, Asian and Oriental Studies. Sciences: Environmental Sciences, Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry. Health Sciences: Psychology, Speech Therapy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry/Chiropody, Occupational Therapy, Medicine. Social Science and Law: Public Administration and Management, Marketing and Market Research, Tourism, Pre-School Teacher Training, Primary School Teacher Training, Social Education, Education, Media Studies, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Labor Relations and Human Resources, Social Work, Business Adminstration, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Law, Criminology, Dual Degree in Law and Business Administration. Engineering and Architecture: Architecture, Telecommunications Engineering, Telecommunication Systems Engineering, Sound and Image Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Telematic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electronic Engineering-Robotics and Mechatronics, Industrial Management Engineering, Energy Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Health Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Design and Product Development.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate studies are not available.

Academic Notes
Liberal Arts courses are most appropriate for exchange students. The University of Malaga is strong in Spanish, Classical and English Philology, History, Education, Law, Economics, Translation and Interpretation and Engineering.

Students generally enroll in five to six courses and spend 20 to 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 18 to 19 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released by May/June for Semester 1 and by September for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 6 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. Students must have an advanced level of Spanish. Native Portuguese speakers must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish prior to the start of the program.
Language Courses:Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for an additional fee for all levels. Contact hours per course: varies.
Pre-Session: A month long pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered in September and February for all levels. Tuition is included in ISEP benefits (students only have to pay a 50 euro enrollment fee). Room and board are not. Students will be responsible for securing their own room and board during this period (students may contact the residence hall and request an earlier move in date). Contact hours per course: 70.

Don’t meet the language requirement? Need to brush up on your language skills before enrolling in regular university courses in Spanish? Consider enrolling in the ISEP Direct Bridge Program before your ISEP Exchange. Students may participate in this program and gain the necessary language skills before their ISEP Exchange programs. Click the link above for more info!

Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Junior-level standing is preferred.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Universidad de Málaga has a new online application procedure for international students. ISEP students will have access to a new website just for Exchange Students found here .

In this new portal, exchange students will find the necessary documents pertinant to their program and will be able to pre-enroll in courses avaialble in any of UMA's degree programs After being placed by ISEP, students will receive a username and passord, used to complete UMA's Online application system.

Deadlines: Students must submit UMA's application forms by the indicated deadlines:

First Semester and Full Year: June 15.
Second Semester: November 1.

Acceptance and Course Enrollment: Once the application form is completed, students will receive an acceptance letter. Courses available for international students will appear on UMA's webpage. Students will be able to pre-enroll in courses of interest. In exceptional cases, ther may be slight changes between pre-enrollment and the final classes students register for.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on Course Information
2. Select the Bachelor's Degree you are interested in
3. Click on plan de estudios for a list of available courses (make sure the website language is set to Spanish). If you explore the website for the degree, you can find further information on course descriptions.

The academic offering for each year (beginning in September) will be published in July at at this link. Once this information is available, students will need to enter the system to the "Pre-enrollment" section and fill out a " Learning Agreement Document," provisionally signed by the University of Malaga. This document will serve as pre-registration. The final version of the document will be reviewed and signed by the student's Academic Coordinator upon arrival.

Housing and Meals
Students will receive a housing and meal stipend each month. Most students will live in shared apartments. Additional information will be provided in acceptance materials.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 300 euros. The first month’s expenses may be slightly higher (500 euros). This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

The International Relations Department will provide incoming students with a special orientation program. There are two orientation meetings, a plenary assembyly with all international students at UMA (at the beginning of September and February); and a specific orientation with the ISEP Coordinator and the staff in charge of the orientation. Students will receive information about transportation, banks, health services, emergencies and generation information about the University of Malaga (academic advising, housing, tourism, etc.).

The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities.

We have an official profile on Facebook called "Relaciones Internacionales UMA" from which official communications are sent to students. In the "Events" section of the web page students receive information about events organized by the International Office such as welcome parties, trips, university cultural events, etc.

There are also student associations in all of the faculties that usually organize a number of activities. Thanks to the Culture Department and our Sports Service students will be able to participate in a number of activities during their stay.

Upon request, our Volunteer Service will match each new international student with a local student, thanks to our Student Tutor Progam. By simply filling out a form, exchange students will be able to get in contact with local students in Málaga.

Spanish Student Tutors will help incoming students with any problems related to their stay at the university and can give useful information about visa issues, local lifestyle, etc. To apply for the program prior to arrival, email voluntariado@uma.es who will put you in touch with Spanish students who can help you before and during your exchange.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
There is a Volunteer Service at UMA, as well as student associations in all faculties. Students interested in taking part in these activities should contact the student organization of interest and/or the Volunteer Service .

Being of fairly recent creation (1973), the University of Malaga was born with a spirit of progress. In the last decade, the university has expanded more than any other young university in Spain, being presently ranked among the main higher education institutions in the country.

The university’s facilities are located on two campuses: El Ejido Campus and Teatinos Campus. There is public transportation from both campuses to the city center. Most of the degree programs can be found on the Teatinos Campus, except for the Faculties of Architecture and Fine Arts, which are located on the El Ejido campus.