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Malaga - Education & Schools
Younger children usually find it easier than older children to adapt to a foreign country, its educational system and the language. The state schools system obviously operates in Spanish, however many schools offer additional Spanish tuition for expat children to help them adapt.
State schools in Spain are operated by the local Autonomous Community which for Malaga is Andalucia. Schools operate within a catchment area, so if there is a particular school you wish your child to attend, you need to be a resident within that school's catchment. A list of state schools can be found here. This list also details if school transport is available, school dinners and extra curricular activities. Applications for a school place within the Province of Malaga need to be made at the Malaga Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) which is situated in Avenida de Cervantes.
Many expat parents prefer to send their children to one of the many international schools situated on the Costa del Sol. Transferring from a foreign country to an international school and vice versa is much easier than through the Spanish state system. It is also easier for older children to then transfer to a University abroad as international schools will offer qualifications recognised worldwide, such as the International Baccalaureate or British GCSEs and A Levels.
A list of international schools in Andalucia can be found at www.andalucia.com/education/schools/international.htm
The University of Malaga (www.uma.es) is situated on the Avenida de Cervantes and was established in 1972. It offers a range of courses for both Spanish and international students and also offers courses with partner universities throughout the world. Spanish tuition courses, short courses up to Masters and PhDs are offered. The international office which deals with foreign students and international exchanges can be contacted on 952 132541 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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