(For non-European students)
Student visa is mandatory for any foreigners who do not belong to any of the countries of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein wishing to study in Spain for more than 3 months.
The visa or residence permit must be processed in your country of residence prior to your arrival in Málaga. To apply for a visa please contact the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country. This should be done as soon as you have received the letter of acceptance from UMA. The application must be submitted personally, with the official form in the Spanish Consular Office or Embassy in your country.
To find the closest Spanish Embassy in your country, visit:
It is important that you apply for a “student visa”; otherwise, you will not be able to extend your stay in Spain as a student. The visa is affixed in your passport before departing to your country, and must be presented at the border Officials upon entry into Spain. The following link contains further information:
Non-European students are responsible for the application of their VISA or any other procedures established by the Spanish Embassy /Consulates in home country prior to the arrival in Malaga.
Non-European Students with a Residence Permit in an European Country
Please, consult the procedures established by the Spanish Embassy /Consulates in your home country prior to your arrival in Malaga if you want to avoid future problems.
TIE- Tarjeta de Identidad del Extranjero (Only for Non-European Students)
Non-European Students, who will stay in Malaga for more than 180 days, must acquire the Spanish Student Residency Card called TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad del Extranjero). This TIE will include a NIE (Foreign Identity Number). You will find further information about the application of this card on this link:
To make an appointment or obtain further information, click on this link: