Overview

Settled in the heart of Spain’s cultural history, Málaga is an ideal place to improve your Spanish. The rich art, culture, and beauty of Málaga are the perfect home base for study abroad. Challenge yourself to a summer of fast-paced, college-level learning balanced with the laid-back seaside atmosphere of the city.

As a beautiful port city along the Alboran Sea, Málaga offers something for everyone—from incredible museums and beautiful gardens to historical sites and Costa del Sol. Whether you’re at the port learning about the city’s shipping history, on an excursion to explore the Roman and Moorish sites around the city, or you’re simply basking in Málaga’s beach town atmosphere, there’s always something new to discover.

CET partners with the Center for Global Study & Engagement at Dickinson College to offer this program at its Dickinson in Spain college study abroad program site. Students take courses at the Centro Internacional de Espanol (CIE) at Universidad de Málaga (UMA). Dickinson identifies faculty and supports overall program delivery. CET coordinates with Dickinson staff, hires and trains the group leader, and advises students on all program matters pre-departure.

Coursework

Spanish Language: Beginner II, Intermediate, and Advanced levels available. 60 hours. Taught in Spanish. 

Students in the Intensive Language program are placed in the appropriate language course based on pre-departure and on-site skills assessments. This course covers: vocabulary and grammar structures at the appropriate level; speaking and pronunciation drill practice; opportunities to engage in conversation with native speakers about everyday topics; assignments that challenge students to read and pick out important information from authentic texts (e.g. menus, signs, schedules, academic forms, etc.).

Activities and Overnight Excursions

The program offers different ways for you and your peers to explore Málaga and the local culture. You might take a flamenco dance class with your classmates. Try your hand at local cuisine with a cooking lesson from a local chef. Head over to the Roman theater to listen to live music on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy the views of the city from above with a hike in the Málaga mountains.

Pack your bags for an overnight trip to Madrid with the entire group. Explore local cuisine with a food tour and discover subtle differences in flavors. Visit the EU offices, then head out for guided exploration of the city—see the monuments, famous artworks, and world-class museums that make Madrid a destination for many travelers all over the world. And before you head back to Málaga, relax at El Retiro Park, a green haven within Spain’s capital city.

Housing & Meals

You share a large apartment in downtown Málaga with CET peers. A group leader or resident advisor lives in the same apartment and regularly plans activities and outings for you and your group. And when it’s time for class, enjoy an easy commute by bus to the CET-Dickinson Center. Most meals are taken together, and all meals are included in your program fee. Breakfasts and dinners are often eaten at home while lunches and some dinners are taken in groups in small restaurants or cafés near the school or the apartment.

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