Spanish University Pathway - Selectividad in Humanities

Our partner school, Malaca Instituto, in Malaga, Spain, has an excellent record of successfully preparing students for entrance to a Spanish university and successful completion of the Selectividad exam. The large majority pass and go on to study in public universities in Spain.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

Course format

  • Length of study: 29 weeks
  • Lessons per week: 19
  • Hours per week: 19
  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Typical student age: 16-27
  • Typical student mix:
    16% Australasian, 34% Far Eastern, 22% Middle Eastern, 28% North American

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 5 Jan 2015
    • 4 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: 5022.00 EUR
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 EUR
    • Enrolment fee: 70.00 EUR
  • Other expenses:


Five good reasons to study at university in Spain:

  1. Spanish is an important world language
  2. Third most spoken language in the world and the official language in 21 countries, 
  3. Second language of business communication
  4. Qualifications for international careers - Fluency in Spanish and a Spanish university degree are outstanding career enhancing qualifications
  5. Relatively low cost - Studying at top quality public universities in Spain is relatively inexpensive when compared to other popular study destinations

What do I need to do to gain a place at a Spanish university?

You have four options:

  • Take the Selectividad Part 1 and 2: all Spanish students; non-EU students except China.
  • Direct entry: EU and Chinese students qualified for university in their own country, plus overseas students who have passed international exams such as IB (Direct Entry students may need to take Selectividad Part 2 if they are aiming for highly popular degrees).
  • Via Vocational Training - 2-year post-high school courses giving access to certain Undergraduate degree courses.
  • Transfer students: students who have already successfully completed at least 1 year of a government-recognised degree course in their country can apply to enter the first year of a degree course in Spain.

The Selectividad Exam

The exam takes place in June each year and again in September. Any student who passes has the right to a place at a public university in Spain. The exam is divided into 2 parts:

Part 1 : Compulsory: 4 papers (including European language the school does not prepare you for but can give advice on where to improve English).

Part 2: Optional: 1-4 papers (the school includes 1 in price and can offer more preparation at a supplement) – only the best 2 papers count. This is to raise a student’s marks to help enter very popular courses.

The requirements for taking Selectividad are:

  • Having successfully completed high school
  • A high level of Spanish
  • A valid full student visa

Social programme

Take your mind off your studies by participating in some of the excellent after class activities and excursions on offer.


The school provides you with all the information that you need to make the most of Málaga's excellent sports and social facilities. There is a huge range on offer:

  • Fitness training at the school’s gym
  • Tennis on the courts by the beach
  • Hiking
  • Golf and one of a number of nearby courses
  • Jogging trails
  • Aerobics classes in the dance studio

Excursions and activities

Like us at gostudylink, the school passionately believes that participating in the excursion and activity programme helps to bring your Spanish lessons alive.

We urge you to take the opportunity, while you are in Malaga, to learn about Spain, see the countryside of Andalucía, eat Spanish food, meet Spanish people and visit the great cities.

The schools dedicated excursions team help you to do all this and more!  The school organises visits  to:   

  • Cordoba
  • Granada 
  • Sevilla 
  • Ronda 
  • White-washed villages like Nerja and Frigiliana.

You can also go to Africa for the weekend and you will be able to see first hand a little of the modern-day Moroccan culture that in the past had such an influence in forming the traditions, way of life and architectural heritage that we see in Andalucía and Málaga today. 

The school offers a great range of other activities as well including:

  • Learning to cook real paella,
  • Preparing a perfect Gazpacho, and understanding how to make the best Tortilla in Malaga
  • Walking in the mountains
  • Learning to dance the Sevillanas 
  • Enjoying the sounds of the wonderful musicians and dancers that are regular visitors to the school for "fiestas"

Note: For some activities there is a small extra charge others are free

What this course offers

  • Fifteen lessons per week including: Advanced Spanish and Textual analysis
  • History of Spain
  • Four tutorials per week (2 per subject) in 2 Humanities or Science subjects. (a tutorial can be for 1 or more student)

Course content - Humanities

Preparation course: Part one - 4 compulsory papers

  • Spanish language and text analysis
  • History of Spain
  • History of Art

Part 2 (optional) 1 or 2 papers

World Literature (included in price) Maths for Social Sciences (supplement)

Where will it take me? 

This course at Malaca Instituto will give you  access to degrees such as:

  • Translating & Interpreting
  • Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Spanish Media Studies etc

European language: this is compulsory but not included in the programme. The minimum level required is A2 and if necessary the school can arrange extra tuition.

Student support 

The school offers Help and guidance in:

  • Choosing appropriate subjects compatible with entry to the Degree of choice
  • Selection of University and Degree course according to a student’s wishes and academic ability
  • Academic and visa paperwork
  • Enrolment for the Selectividad exam
  • University application

Spanish for Academic Purposes

After the Selectividad Exam (end of May/1st week June) students should remain in Spain for the process of university application. During this time they should be in full-time education.

The school’s Spanish for Academic Purposes course is the ideal pre-university preparation programme

Entry to Post-Graduate Degrees

In today’s competitive world, many students decide that they need more than just an Undergraduate Degree: they want a Master’s Degree as well. Some decide to take this in another country and some of these decide to take it in Spain.

Master’s programmes are for 1 or 2 years of full-time study and require 60 (1 year) or 120 (2 year) European Credits (ECTS). Each university has differing entry procedures and sometimes specific requirements. We will help you in this process as long as you enrol for at least 4 months study with us.

The linguistic preparation will usually include an Intensive course and probably DELE Exam preparation and/or Spanish for Academic Purposes.

Vocational Training

Students who have successfully completed high school may enrol for Higher Vocational Training programmes (Formación Profesional Superior). These lead to government-recognised qualifications in a wide range of subjects after a 2-year training course. These qualifications can also be used to access certain Undergraduate Degrees as a first year student.

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