Founded in 1972, the Universidad de Málaga is a young, dynamic and innovative university that has come to be socially recognized for its prestige and leadership; its open and participatory nature; its commitment to achieving a status of quality, excellence and lifelong learning; its integration into the European Higher Education and Research Area; its concern for student employability and, thus, links to the business world, the Technology Park of Andalusia and the public sector; its outstanding competitive position at regional, national and international levels; and, its focus on a global knowledge society.
With more than 35,000 students and 2,400 teachers, UMA’s study options comprises 60 Bachelor’s programmes, over 50 Master’s programmes, over 40 PhD programmes and around 100 courses held throughout the academic year. These programmes are carried out by 18 faculties, with a total of 81 departments.
Malaga is a city with a rich historic and cultural tradition. It was founded by the Phoenicians around 800 B.C. and later colonized 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 sustained excellent trade and cultural relations all over the world throughout its history. Nowadays, Malaga is a modern, cosmopolitan and welcoming city with more than 600,000 inhabitants which has successfully developed its commercial, industrial and tourist sectors. The warmth of its inhabitants, climate and abundance of sunlight contribute to make Malaga a wonderful place to live.
Language(s) of Instruction: The language of instruction at UMA is Spanish. A B1 level of Spanish is recommended in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). It is not required to submit any certification, although students are expected to follow lectures in Spanish*. Some courses are offered in English
Semester Dates: https://www.uma.es/media/files/Starting_dates.pdf
Course Offerings: Current course catalogue: Go to UMA website (www.uma.es) and click on “Servicios” (main menu). Select “Ordenación Académica”. After that, you have to click on “Programación Docente” https://www.uma.es/servicio-ordenacion-academica/info/7047/informacion-para-estudiantes/
Number of subjects: Spanish students normally take 5 subjects per term.
Number of hours per week: Students spend 20-25 hours in lectures.
Number of weeks per term: 15 weeks + 3 or 4 weeks for exams.
Costs: There are no additional tuition costs for studying at Heilbronn University. Additional costs that must be considered are accommodations, meals, and cost of living.
Exchange Places: 4
Student Housing: Renting a room in a shared flat with other students is the most popular way of living in Malaga. There is a great number of available shared flats to rent, but there is also a huge demand (specially in September and February).
There are also several dormitories, but unlike in many other countries, this option is not so popular among exchange students. Meals, laundry, cleaning and other services are usually included, but at the same time dormitories are more expensive than sharing a flat. Another kind of accommodation in Malaga would be to stay with a Spanish family. This might be especially beneficial for those students who wish to practice Spanish. UMA does not book accommodation for students, , but it assists them via its Welcome to UMA Office completely free of charge, CIE (students enrolled in the Spanish course), the Accommodation Service (Servicio de alojamiento) or you can have a look at the ESN Málaga Accommodation Facebook Group. ESN Málaga also offers a free adviser service if you find any problem related to accommodation, as for example with the tenancy agreement, via email. To find the perfect area to look for accommodation, we recommend you to check the Survival Map created by ESN Málaga volunteers, where you can locate the best areas to live and several recommendations to survive during your first days in this new city: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?amp%3Busp=sharing&mid=1azkP7SC7jN2Oz3IettuDweZFIxnr-A6v&ll=36.74827867182484%2C-4.427561123123611&z=14Student Support: SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE FOR INTERNATIONAL
EXCHANGE STUDENTS - The Spanish Course for Erasmus+ and International Exchange Students allows students to consolidate and improve their Spanish language skills. This course is voluntary and it is offered and arranged by the International Centre for Spanish (CIE). This Spanish course always takes place at the beginning of September (first semester and full year students) and at the beginning of February (second semester students). http://www.uma.es/centrointernacionaldeespanol/
Integration Support: http://www.uma.es/international-hub
Students with Disabilities: UMA will provide support to incoming exchange students with special needs. Website for information: https://www.uma.es/diversidad/
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Heilbronn University is committed to the continuous improvement of environmental performance as a component of sustainable development. For the university, protecting the environment means avoiding risks to people and the environment, continuously reducing resource and energy consumption and minimizing emissions and waste, so that the university makes its contribution to sustainable development.
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