• Spain
    • Malaga
    • Barcelona
2 to 52 weeks

Program Details

Language Level
Immersion Level
DELE (Spanish)
Class Size
Private Lessons Medium Class (8-15)
Weekly Classroom Hours
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Host family accommodations and a meal plan are included in the course price. Contact the Admissions Team for a personalized price quote.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
Feb 14, 2020
Jul 29, 2020
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About Program

Learn Spanish with EF in some of the world's greatest cities. With campuses in Malaga and Barcelona, you'll not only learn the language, but also live it.

At EF, you decide when you want to study, how long you'll stay, and what you'd like to focus on. You can personalize your course with Special Interest Classes like Spanish Culture, Current Affairs & Debate, Spanish Culture, Business Spanish, Interpreting, and Exam Preparation (DELE). Earn transferable college credit for any course 4 weeks or longer, allowing you to make the most of your time abroad.

EF’s Spanish schools are accredited by Instituto Cervantes, the world's leading organization promoting Spanish language education and recognized by the University of Montana, our partner in education.

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Program Highlights

  • Study from 2 weeks up to a full year, start any Monday.
  • Choose between our amazing locations in Barcelona and Malaga
  • Top activities include Bachata classes, bike tours of the city, surfing in Tarifia, and weekend excursions to Montserrat and Morocco.
  • Choose to reside with a local host family or in the EF Residence, an international dorm.
  • EF students hail from over 100 countries around the world.

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Program Reviews

9.36 Rating
based on 33 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 87.88%
  • 7-8 rating 9.09%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 3.03%
  • Housing 8.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.8
  • Safety 9.3
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.5
  • Value 8.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

5 Months in Malaga

My time in EF was very unique, as I stayed there in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that hit Spain pretty hard at the beginning. My first month and a half was the normal EF experience, and it was wonderful. The classes were of great quality, and EF was always very helpful with anything I needed. Then the pandemic arrived and most of the students left, however I stayed and was able to still have a good experience first in the Residence, and then later in a host family. We had online classes the rest of my time, and they worked very well. I ended up graduating from EF with a C1 in Spanish!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is that it's okay if you're not sure exactly what to expect, go in with an open mind and they will be very accommodating and helpful when you do arrive.
45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Malaga experience

I went to Malaga for a month through EF, and it was an incredible time! The teachers were all amazing, and very kind! EF definitely is a lot about making money, but that didn’t effect my trip as much as others. Overall it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I had a host family, and they were incredibly sweet and accommodating. I am very happy I chose the host family because it definitely helped me learn much faster since I was much more immersed in the culture and language.

43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

EF Barcelona Summer

Definitely, when booking the trip I was scared and anxious, but this trip taught me how to be independent and overall expose myself to new things. I'd definitely say this was one of the most memorable things in my life I've ever done. I'd say that the best thing about this program was the immersion within the culture and so much more room individuals of any Spanish level can still grow at EF Barcelona. One thing I wish could be changed would be adding more trips to parts around Barcelona, but still was very pleasing and I would really recommend! you will make friends from all over that will become some of your closest friends. I'd definetly say don't hesitate to take the trip and become a local for your stay it really creates an unforgettable experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't hesitate on taking the trip and having a memorable experience. When at the destination don't hold back from anything and really indulge yourself in the culture and try and become a native!! but overall have a fun time.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Learn Spanish throughout Spain with EF International Language Campuses

This program is not only a great way to explore Spain, but also boosts language skills. The program balances language classes with explore the country and immersing students into the culture of Spain. Traveling with EF also gives students the option to explore the city on their own terms. There isn't a strict traveling schedule everyone must follow, enabling students to do what they find most interesting. Overall, it was a great experience and I would love to go again.

38 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Málaga Improved My Spanish

I would advise everyone to go study abroad. Not only did I developed my language skills, I also developed a lot personally.
My Spanish skills have improved so much within such a short period of time. When I arrived I didn’t speak any Spanish anda after studying nine months abroad, I have the level of upper intermediate. I believe that there is no other way to become fluent in a language than to go abroad and ‘live the language’.

EF Málaga is a beautiful school, located close to the beach. During your daily life, you’ll be surrounded among local people, which is great for your cultural experience and language improvement.
The classes are very well organised, the staff is friendly and the school organises interesting activities and trips.

I would highly recommend EF Málaga, I’ve had the time of my life there!

37 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Academic Year abroad with EF Malaga

I loved my experience in Málaga and I have fallen in love with the city. The teachers are amazing. One of the things that surprised me the most, is the close relation between the students and the teachers. Besides from this, it’s an amazing experience and I would recommend everyone who is able to,to make this decision. The school is located in the most relaxed neighbourhood of Málaga and close to the beach. I have learned so much about myself and have made the coolest friends but apart from all that, I speak a new language.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see that minors receive better information about the curfew and all the other things that you are not allowed to do,for example make roadtrips with your friends or certain activities. And also I think the staff deserves higher loans because they do so much for the school and the students.
35 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

EF Madrid

Coming from a small town in Connecticut I feel as though my experience in Madrid is something I will never forget. The friendships I have made have allowed me to travel all around Europe just visiting friends that I have made through the EF program, and for this I think it is a really special thing. Through my time in Madrid I have been through many new experiences, made friends I never thought I would have been so close to and improved my Spanish skills tenfold. The teachers at EF madrid are some of the best professors I’ve ever had in my student years. They are fun, and always there to help you whether It’s a small or large probelm. Having visited both EF Malaga and EF Barcelona although I think both are very good programs as well, I think Madrid as a city is better. Being the metropolitan capitol of Spain and in the center you’ll find that you will get more real Spanish speaking people and less tourists. For this reason it is a better city to improve your Spanish skills. The night life in Madrid is truly incredible and spending nights out with your friends is really something you will never forget. Overall I think my expirence at Madrid has been very rewarding

What would you improve about this program?
I think the best way the program can be improved is the housing options. After being through two host family’s I feel as though I have some good input into what it is like. First off, I have had friends who have been in a host family and have absolutely loved it. And this is because they lived with a host FAMILY. Typically I find that the students who enjoyed their host family’s the most lived with a married couple that either had young kids who live in the house or grown up children that moved out. The reason these host family’s where so amazing for the students is because the host family’s had the idea that they really wanted to have students in their house, that they thought of the EF program not as a way to make a couple extra bucks but to really influence the student lives and in turn their own lives as well. I remeber one of my friends at a host family saying to me that her host dad told her that all of the students that come to his house are like his children and he really cares about each and every one of them. This for me is a host FAMILY. They sit down with the students, eat with them, talk to them, and be invested in their lives, like a real family should. I however recived a different experience. What I went though was more of what I would call a host STAY and not a host family. With both host stays I lived with an old women in a small apartment with some other students. The women would cook for us, but she would not eat with us and would not eat the same food as us. At some points the house wasn’t clean there were problems with the food and the host mother doesn’t really connect with us. And I understand, because for these types of people they consider this a way to earn money and at the end of the day they will do anything to save money and earn more. And if you have this mindset as a host mother you lose the idea of what a host family is supposed to be. For me I think EF really needs to understand the purpose a host family serves to a student and search for more family’s like the one my friend had.
35 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Beautiful City.... Terrible Program

I was very excited to go to Barcelona and study abroad. My friend went through a different program and enjoyed it a lot. My Spanish improved so much and I 100% think this was a valuable experience and recommend others to study abroad. (Learning Spanish was more of a result of being in Spain not at all a result of taking those un engaging classes with bad teachers)
Having said that I have come to the conclusion that, from what I experienced during my stay, the EF program in Barcelona is unorganized, the staff are rude, and the host moms, which I spoke to(I can't speak for ones I have not met or heard about), are uneducated and rude as well. I am not saying all of their locations are like this but the interactions I had with the Ef staff in Barcelona were atrocious. They would most definetly be unqualified to work in the U.S. for speaking to customers the way they do. Not only that but I was shocked because they were complete liars. They would say anything to save their behinds and made up stories when people complained. I do not believe they were qualified for their jobs one bit as they are rude, close minded, and untrustworthy.
As much as my experience with the staff was atrocious that wasn't the worst part, and it is probably unusual as most kids just pass through the program and are simply given fake smiles. The worst part was how obviously unorganized the program was. Most host parents were not even parents. Some where just men or young women who lived alone and were never home. My host mom was not a native spanish speaker and had such a thick accent I could barely understand her. She also did not know anything about the culture and therefore it was not a "cultural experience". I spoke to many people who were there with me in Barcelona(from all over the world) and many had problems with the program and their host "families". Some were left alone to do what ever they wanted sometimes as their host "parent" would go out clubbing. One of my friends was not even fed for a few days and was forced to buy her own food(the program is expensive and includes meals). Everyone I had talked to who was vegetarian arrived at the house to find out that the host family didn't even know! My host mom did not even know how to cook for my roommate and me and due to this we wasted so much money on our own food. Her boyfriend also smoked in the bathroom and the house would reek and I had an allergic reaction to the smoke.
Over all I recommend going to Spain just not through EF. My close friend loved her program and even talks to them today! There are great programs out there- this is not one of them.

What would you improve about this program?
Yes. Have basic and detailed policies for staff to follow. Expect staff to report what happens when it happens. Make sure host parents are informed about people's dietary restrictions. Teach your staff not to be rude and teach them about customer service. Also explain how making things up is unprofessional and inappropriate. I hate to say this but some of your staff are clearly immature and don't know what they are doing.
39 people found this review helpful.
Response from EF International Language Campuses

Hi Amy,

Thank you for your open and honest feedback. I realize you took time out of your day to share and I appreciate it. After more than 50 years of helping students travel the world, happiness, safety, and academic progress are among our top priorities. I am sorry to hear that you had a less than excellent experience with us, especially when it comes to staff or host families. I would love the chance to talk to you more about your course and see if there is anything we can do to make it up to you. Would you mind emailing me at alexis.jungdahl@ef.com so we can set up a time to talk?

Thanks again,
Alexis Jungdahl, Admissions Director

Questions & Answers

Hi Lilith. All EF schools plan local activities custom to the destination you are studying at. We bring students off the beaten path to experience life in their new city like a local would. This could be anything from a cooking or dance class to volunteering at a local school or taking a tour of a university. We also organize trips to other cities so you can explore more of the country you are...

Hey Max! All EF students have free time to explore their destination and surrounding cities. Depending on your age, you are allowed to travel for the weekend or overnight. If you are under 18, you can definitely visit other countries for the day or join an EF weekend trip, hosted by our staff.

Hi Lynn! All EF schools are open to adults but we actually offer programs just for adult sand professionals Paris, Madrid, and Munich. Classwork and activities are catered towards the interests of adults and professionals (think business Spanish followed by wine tasting at local tapas bar). The Admissions Team can help you pick the location that is the best fit for you. Thanks for your interest!