The rich art, culture, and beauty of Málaga are the perfect home base to study Spain and the European Union. With a core course, conversational Spanish class, and a curriculum that embraces the city as part of your classroom, you head home with a summer full of memories and a stronger grasp of global development.

Settled in the heart of Spain’s cultural history, Málaga is an ideal place to build your understanding of the European Union, using Spain as a case study. Spend your mornings in classes and afternoons around town for activities and field-based learning. As you explore the city, you connect in-class concepts with the world around you—identifying ways that the Málaga and Spain are shaped by global development and vice versa.

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.


Your core course focuses on studying Spain and the European Union, while your conversational Spanish class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Málaga.

Spain and the European Union

This course analyzes the process of Spanish integration into the European Union, highlighting positive and negative impacts in the economic, social, and political dimensions. You also focus on the multicultural aspects of today’s European cities and examine the contributing factors behind urban Europe’s development in a global world.

Conversational Spanish — 15 hours. Taught in Spanish.

Beginner II, Intermediate, and Advanced levels available.

Activities and Excursions

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.

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 and 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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