Málaga, Spain


The Málaga program offers students a gateway into Spanish language, education, history, and culture. This is achieved through a diverse range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, direct enrollment in Spanish university courses at the University of Málaga, a vibrant homestay program, as well as through internship and volunteer opportunities.

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The University of Málaga has grown into one of the largest universities in Spain and has made quality teaching, cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer its hallmark. 

Málaga, Spain


  • Dickinson course taught by the faculty director
  • Homestays
  • Opportunities to directly enroll in courses at the University of Málaga
  • Volunteer opportunities and internships for select academic year students


Students enroll in five courses each semester, including two required Dickinson courses, Spanish in Academic Contexts and Spanish Society and Culture. In addition to the Dickinson courses, students will directly enroll in courses at the University of Malaga and take courses at the Centro Internacional de Español (CIE). All courses are taught in Spanish. Academic year students will also have the opportunity to engage in internships in areas such as government, tourism, translation, NGOs, education and more. 

For international business & management students who have completed through Spanish 202 (equivalent of four semesters of Spanish), there is the option of doing a separate track. These students take two Spanish language courses and two business- and econ-focused classes in English. 


Students participate in a series of excursions related to the academic focus of the core culture and society courses. Past students have visited the surrounding Andalucía cities of Granada, Ronda, Sevilla, Córdoba, and Antequerra in addition to Madrid, Segovia and Toledo. 


Students live with Spanish homestay families, many of whom have been hosting students for over 20 years. The majority of families live in a residential district, El Palo, east of the city center and offer students the opportunity to greatly increase their fluency in the Spanish language. Homestay families also provide three meals a day to students. Academic-year students also have the option to switch to independent housing during their second semester. 


Professor of Spanish Elise Bartosik-Velez serves as the faculty director of the program (2020-22). The faculty director plans and leads the academic program, advises and supports students, and teaches a Málaga Colloquium Course. Additionally, they develop and teach a course for Academic Year students who chose to do an internship. Nedra Sandiford ’10, a Dickinson and Málaga alumna, manages program operations. 



Academic Year, Fall, Spring 

Academic Year: Mid-August to mid-May. Applications are due by February 10. 

Fall: Mid-August to mid-December. Applications are due by February 10. 

Spring: Early January to mid-May. Applications are due by September 21. 


3.0 GPA 

Completion of Spanish 231 (equivalent of five semesters of Spanish), or for international business & management majors, completion of Spanish 202 (equivalent of four semesters of Spanish). 


Elise Bartosik-Velez  
Professor of Spanish  


“While in Málaga, I completed courses towards my International Business & Management major and Spanish minor, and I was even able to complete my Spanish minor while abroad! Aside from being able to experience the academic environment at a large university, Dickinson’s program in Málaga offered me the chance to explore local culture, art, and history in one of Spain’s most beautiful coastal cities.”

—Luke Twill ’20 (international business & management)

Dickinson Majors that are a good fit for Dickinson in Spain
  • Art & Art History 
  • Economics 
  • English 
  • Environmental Science 
  • International Business and Management 
  • International Studies 
  • Internships 
  • Latin American Studies 
  • Music 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 
  • Spanish 

Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is open for non-Dickinson students. Marissa Mitchell (mitchmar@dickinson.edu), in the Center for Global Study and Engagement, with any questions about this program. More information on programs available to non-Dickinson students can be found here.


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