Malaga – Spain

Malaga – Spain

Institution: University of Malaga —

Location: Malaga, Spain —

Student Guide 

A city with a rich historic and cultural tradition, Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians around 800 B.C. and later colonised by Iberians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Christians. Its privileged position on the shores of the Mediterranean, its mild climate and the friendliness of its inhabitants have all meant that the capital of the Costa del Sol has, throughout its history, sustained excellent trade and cultural relations all over the world. Nowadays, Malaga is a modern, cosmopolitan and welcoming city with over 600,000 inhabitants, which has successfully developed its commercial, industrial and tourist sectors. The climate, the warmth of its inhabitants and the light, all contribute to make Malaga a wonderful place to live in.

UMA is a young institution. This state-owned institution was founded in 1972 and has an annual budget exceeding 250 million Euros. With more than 35,000 students and 2,400 teachers, UMA’s study options comprises 60 Bachelor’s programs, over 50 Master’s programs, over 40 PhD programs, and around 100 courses held throughout the academic year. These programs are carried out by 18 faculties, with a total of 81 departments.

There are 278 research groups currently involved in 180 national projects and 30 international or European projects. In recent years, the number of partnerships with companies and other organizations has ranged between 350 and 400; furthermore, an average of 50 patents per year have been registered, a third of these having international relevance.

UMA constitutes one of the three vertices of the so-called “productive triangle” of the city, together with the airport and the PTA or Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (Andalusia Science and Technology Park). The latter has close ties with the University due to the constant flow of ideas, highly qualified professionals and advanced technologies.

At present the UMA has two campuses, El Ejido and Teatinos, in addition to several other buildings located in different parts of the city. The ultimate objective of the policy of the university regarding infrastructure is to eventually have all university centres and services located on the Teatinos campus.




Study Dates Application Deadline
September 2019 – February 2020 October 1, 2018
February – July 2020 March 1, 2019
September 2020 – February 2021 October 1, 2019
February – July 2021 March 1, 2020
September 2021 – February 2022 October 1, 2020
February – July 2022 March 1, 2021

Orientation will take place one week prior to the start of classes. On arrival, all international students MUST attend the Informative Meetings, where administrative and academic procedures with UMA will be discussed with the staff members in charge of incoming students.

Language Requirements:

Subjects at the University of Malaga are taught in Spanish but there are some courses offered in English. There is a limit of 25 exchange students per course and UMA cannot guarantee that courses taught in English will be available for every exchange student.

No certification is required although students are expected to be able to follow lectures in Spanish. So, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for

Languages, a B1 Spanish level is advisable.

The “Course for Erasmus and International Exchange Students” allows students to consolidate and acquire Spanish skills in order to improve understanding of the subjects that they will be studying in the University of Malaga.

Registration fees: 200 € (place reservation and enrolment)

  • Class hours: 70


A Student visa is mandatory for any foreigners who don’t belong to any of the countries of the European Union, Norway, and Liechtenstein wishing to study in Spain for more than 3 months. The visa is processed in your country of residence prior to your departure. To find the closest Spanish Embassy in your country, visit: To apply for a visa please contact the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country.

This should be done as early as possible and once you have the letter of acceptance from UMA. It’s important that you apply for a “student visa”; otherwise you won’t be able to extend your stay in Spain as a student. The visa is affixed in your passport before you depart your country, and must be presented at the border Officials upon entry into Spain.

You must have a valid passport to obtain a visa and enter in Spain. (Only if you are going to stay in Malaga for more than 180 days) You must contact the local authorities to acquire a card called TIE- Tarjeta de Identidad del Extranjero and to get a NIE- Número de Identidad del Extranjero. This “Spanish Student Residency Card” is then valid for as long as you are enrolled in the program in Spain. You could ask to get a NIE also if you come less than 6 months but it is not compulsory. Once in Malaga, you should go to the Comisaría de Policía in Plaza de Manuel Azaña, 3, phone: 95204 62 00


The University of Malaga does not book accommodation for students, but will assist them in finding a room or apartment through its Accommodation Office completely FREE OF CHARGE. You just have to contact the Accommodation Office and consult the offers listing over 2.500 apartments for rent in Malaga. This will allow you to get in touch with the owners, who offer rooms/ apartments for rent, and clarify all the details (booking, dates of your arrival, etc.). Renting a room in an apartment shared with other students is the most popular way of living in Malaga.

This option has reached a satisfaction of over 81% of the incoming students in the last final evaluation. There are a large number of apartments available for rent, which are situated in different parts of the city, and it usually does not take much time to find one.

Buddy Program:

The objective of this Program is to put International Students in touch with members of Malaga University’s student body, who have offer voluntarily to help them during their stay.




*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.


Malaga, Spain

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*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.