EF Language Year Abroad in Spain

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About

Travel to Spain for a semester or year and learn Spanish in one of the world's greatest cities. With centers in Madrid, Malaga, and Barcelona you will not only learn the language but also live it.

Join students from around the world on the ultimate study abroad experience. Achieve fluency, see the world, expand your international network - and launch your global future. Study for 6, 9 or 11 months and start in April, June, September or January. College credit and internship opportunities ensure you're always adding to your resume during the adventure of a lifetime.

EF’s Spanish schools are accredited by Instituto Cervantes, the world's leading organization promoting Spanish language education. Earn college credit through our partner in education, The University of Montana. Globalize your future, boost your international career and prepare for the DELE Exam with a Spanish Language Diploma from EF.

EF provides visa support for all student's requring a student visa.

Highlights
  • Study for a semester, academic year, or join a multi language year and study 2+ languages.
  • Start dates in January, September, April, & June.
  • 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.

Questions & Answers

Hey Jazlyn! We teach through the upper advanced levels (C in the Common European Framework of Language Learning). Before you begin your course you will take a placement test and then be placed with other EF students who are at your level. With Spanish experience, you could make a lot of progress!

Reviews

9.71 Rating
based on 21 reviews
  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.4
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Ronan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Malaga housing

I stayed six weeks with my host family and it was as if I stayed in my own home. After six weeks I developed a great relationship with the family and it was such a pleasant experience. I loved staying with the family because they treated me just as if I was their own. in the entirety of my trip I never once had a problem with my family or their home. they took excellent care of me, and I hope to return to Malaga and see them again.

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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academic Year abroad with EF Málaga

My experience in Màlaga was amazing. I learned a lot about life in general and, what is the most important, I learned a lot about myself what I did not know before. I improved my Spanish skills heaps and I enjoyed living in Màlaga so much, that I really do not want to go! My host mother treated me like really being part of the family and she made me feel so good. She helped me so much with everything, she showed me so much about myself and I know that she will continue being there when I need someone to talk to. I know that whenever I have the feeling that I need to talk to her, I just have to call her. She gave me an incredible feeling that made me feel so good. I am so happy I had this great opportunity to travel to Spain, to learn how is life over here, to get to know more about the different cultures, the different languages, about the different ways to live. To learn more about how to be happy and about how to be really "alive"! Málaga showed me that life definitely is a great gift, an opportunity that we have to take. Málaga remembered me that, YES, it definitely is possible to be happy. It definitely is possible to enjoy life and I was remembered, with every single sunstroke, how it feels beeing alive. I really do not have the right words to express my feelings connected with Málaga, because for me it is something really special. For me it is more than simply The Sunny Coast, for me it was my way to find back to myself again. So that´s why I am staying :-). During my great experience here I did everything possible to find a way to stay longer and finally I found a Job as Au-Pair, so I can stay a bit longer, what really makes me happy. I love being here. I love the life over here and I know for sure that I will return. I will come back or expressed with better words - I never will leave totally, because a part of my heart will stay here for ever.
Thank you, for everything. I really appreciate what you did for me - Màlaga.

Love,
Lizi

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Clara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible experience with EF Málaga

My experience in Málaga was incredible, when I came here I knew this city would be an adventure. If I have to tell something about my family I have just one thing: marvelous. Now I consider my host mom as my second mom because she was always there when I needed her and we had a really good time with her daughter and her grandaughter.
About the school, the ambience is really good the staff is helping when you need it, in class the teacher is always trying to do the best for us, I mean we learn playing games or something like that. So, for the people who have a problems with concentration in class it's a good solution to enjoy and learn at school.

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Johannes
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academic year abroad with EF Malaga

Overall I´ve had a great experience. I have learnt alot and I would defenetly recomend this program to anyone who wants to learn a new languange or improve their skills in a language they already know. I think the school is really nice, its located in a nice area and its easy to get to the city centre. The teachers are really nice and helpful. I stayed in a host family, and it was a really good experience for me.

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Eleonora
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academic Year abroad with EF Malaga

I came to Malaga in december and at first I didn't know what to expect and how my experience was going to be... immidiatly I met people (from all ower the world) that make me feel comfortable, those people are now my friends. I have learned a new lenguage and also I can say that I know a new culture, "spanish culture" which has different food, different values and different approaches with different people.
In malaga I also met the best teachers in all over the world (Dori and Carmen ) full of energy and charm, that always helped the students, moreover I enjoy the weather which is really good in Malaga .

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Kasander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Málaga Experience

EF Málaga is a perfect place to learn spanish and to make memories that you will never forget. The school is in a cozy neighbourhood where the people are friendly and you can find shops and restaurants very close by. One of the best things is of course the beach that is only five minutes away by foot, and there is always life by the beach.

The course is really good and you really learn a lot of the language in a short time. The progression is very noticeable and that is very motivating for me and that makes me work hard.

The social part of the program is of course very important, and you will make friends that you will never forget! There are also a lot of fun activities to do here, and I really recommend travelling around to nearby cities and places, there is so much to see!

What would you improve about this program?
I feel the program is designed for students that stay for a long time, so I really recommend staying for at least some months to get the best out of the experience.
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Sofie Emilie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academic year abroad with EF Malaga

My experience in EF Malaga was amazing. My mother española is a lovely lady, whom I now love very much. Some things I really liked was the simple life. But I did not like the siestas. That was really annoying. I also liked the trips to other cities and villages in Spain, like Sevilla, Valencia, The smurf town, Nerja, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, and the trip to Marocco. Also the christmas lights was really amazing and a cool experience.

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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Abroad with EF Málaga

My academic year abroad with EF Málaga have been amazing. I have gone from just knowing a few words in spanish to being able to understand and talk with locals without any problem. I have made friends all over the world, which I'm sure I'll keep for life. You get really close with the people and friends here, as you live together and hang out all the time, both in school and in the free time. Also, living in Málaga while studying makes you "live the culture" and you learn a lot of new things that at least for me was new. It's very possible that the culture in your own country and the culture in Spain is different, so it's a change suddenly living there, but a positive change. I really liked that the staff in the school treat you like family, the bond in the classes are really strong, the teachers are really flexible and in the end you have a feeling of a second family in Spain. I recommend it strongly!