Spain Through the Eyes of an Engineer

An adventure through Andalucia!

In alignment with the international strategy of the University of Calgary, students in the Schulich School of Engineering have the opportunity to participate in a Group Study Program to complete some of their Engineering course-work in the setting of Málaga, Spain.

Students will be introduced to Andalusian civilization and contemporary Spanish culture through their coursework in ENGG 393, and by experiencing daily life in the city of Málaga, located in  the Costa del Sol. Featuring a Gothic Cathedral, narrow pedestrian streets, shops that range from family owned to contemporary, Málaga is tastefully historic. Using Málaga as a base, participants will also have the opportunity to travel to other locations such as Granada, Cordoba, Giralda & Seville, to truly understand Spanish culture and architecture.

In ENGG 515, fundamental topics in project management, such as planning, scope development, procurement and start-up, will be covered. The application of these principles to engineering projects, both in Canadian and international settings, will be discussed.

Key information


Malaga, Spain




Spring 2020

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status



Application deadline

December 4

Additional requirements

This program is open to students in the Schulich School of Engineering. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info Sessions

Oct. 14 at 4 pm on Zoom


Student Experience

Spanish building with pink flowers
image of Malaga as seen from hillside

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Emily Wyatt at  

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in two courses:

    ENGG 393: Advanced Topics II: History and Architecture in Andalusia (3 units)

    ENGG 515: Project Management for Engineers (3 units)


  2. Prerequisites

    ENGG 393: Consent of the Associate Dean (Academic and Planning)

    ENGG 515: Consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure


    Date TBD, 2020, Calgary: Pre-departure orientation

  2. In-field

    May 1, Calgary: Depart Calgary for Málaga

    May 2, Málaga: Arrival and check in to accommodations

    May 3, Málaga: Get to know neighbourhood 

    May 4-6, Málaga: Lectures begin

    May 7, Málaga: Lectures and depart for trip to Granada

    May 8-9, Granada: Exploring Granada

    May 10-13, Málaga: Lectures and tutorials

    May 14, Málaga: Lectures and depart for trip to Seville

    May 15-16, Málaga: Exploring Seville

    May 17-20, Málaga: Lectures and tutorials

    May 21, Málaga: Lectures and depart for trip to Cordoba

    May 22-23, Cordoba: Exploring Cordoba

    May 24-28, Málaga:  Lectures and tutorials

    May 29-30, Málaga: Study weekend

    May 31, Málaga: Lectures and tutorials

    June 1, Málaga: Lectures and tutorials; final exam

    June 2, Málaga: Lectures and tutorials

    June 3, Málaga: Final exams

    June 4, Málaga: Wrap-up event at Villa Guadalupe Restaurant

    June 5, Málaga: Packing day

    June 6, Málaga: Return to Calgary or independent travel

    For a hard copy of the itinerary, click here.

  3. Post-field


  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Spain Through the Eyes of an Engineer Group Study Program is $8,071. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines, please click here.

    Schulich Student Activity Fund: At the Schulich School of Engineering, we believe amazing learning experiences happen inside and outside the classroom. Every year, the Schulich Student Activities Fund provides $500,000 for extracurricular activities such as field trips, team competitions and student travel. For more information, please click here (Please note: when applying, it is important you list all the sources of funding available to you).

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider. 

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Participants will be staying in residence dorms at the University of Málaga for the majority of their time on the program. Amenities are basic, but clean and comfortable. Accommodation during field trips outside of Málaga will consist of hotels and hostels, staying in single-gender rooms shared with two or three people.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from the Schulich School of Engineering. Engineering students of all concentrations are welcome to apply.

Applications will be considered after your complete application has been received by Study Abroad.


  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.


Program-specific FAQs

Q: Can graduate students apply?
A: No, graduate students are not eligible for this program. 

Q: Can Visiting or Open Studies students apply?
A: No, Visiting and Open Studies students are not eligible for this program.

Academically, the trip provided me with two courses that can be directly applied towards my degree; one of my technical electives and one of my options. By completing these courses, I will be able to complete my degree earlier than if I had completed the courses during a regular Fall or Winter semester.


Past Participant, Mechanical Engineering

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.