Semester Exchange

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

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*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.

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