Here are some common questions about UGPM
ABOUT GOLF PROGRAM
How many hours of golf I will have per week?
The hours dedicated to golf training depends on the program:
- College program: from 15h to 25h per week, depending also on the workload of the degree (some are more time demanding than others), the player, the momentum of the semester, etc.
- GAP Year Program: from 25h to 30h per week. The academic workload is lower than in the college program and therefore you are expected to work harder in your golf.
This time includes training sessions in the driving range and short game areas, practice rounds, technology sessions, match play and intramural league, external competitions, fitness & conditioning, mental sessions & strategy sessions, planning, fundamentals sessions, stats tracking, etc.
Where the golf training takes place?
The golf training takes place in Real Guadalhorce Club de Golf.
Technical instruction is conducted at Miguel Ángel Jiménez Golf Academy, Real Guadalhorce Golf Club and Lauro Golf.
Our program includes visits to others courses in the area mainly for competing in external competitions and our intramural league.
Will I play tournaments with UGPM program?
Yes! UGPM has a broad tournament calendar of around 40 events per season and can accommodate competition needs of the different level of our players (from plus handicaps fighting for WAGR positions to mid single-digit players).
As a difference to USA collegiate golf system, at UGPM ALL our players play in competitions.
Tournament agenda includes WAGR, university, federative and local events, professional tournaments, internal league and match-play competitions.
Obviously, you are not expected to participate in all 40 events! From the tournament calendar we will work with you to create an individualized competition schedule based on your golf level, availability to travel, budget, academic workload, etc.
This planning of the tournament calendar is done jointly by the golf instructors, the team coordinator and the player.
The UGPM team will take care of all the tournament’s travel arrangements through the Competition Service. UGPM staff travel with the group.
What Handicap do I need to join UGPM?
We do not have a specific handicap requirement as our selection process considers not only the golf level but also the academic level and personal factors. However, you will need to play to a reasonable level (single digit) and more importantly have the drive and ambition to work hard to improve. Remember, you will be spending between 1 to 4 years working on your game! We care more about what your level is when you complete your stage at UGPM.
Do I need to know Spanish language to take part in UGPM golf training?
UGPM training is designed to integrate international players into the Spanish language and culture. Despite the fact that the golf and physical training are mainly given in Spanish, all our instructors and team members speak English.
Do I need a car while I'm UGPM program?
You don’t need a car. UGPM take care of the daily transport of the students-players. However, some of our senior players have their own car but we do not recommend this for freshman players.
What benefits do student-athletes have in the University of Malaga?
UGPM golfers are considered by the UMA as high-performance athletes which grants access to a series of measures implemented by the university to ensure successful conciliation of academic and athletic obligations: right to select class schedules, tutoring, change exam dates when there is an overlap with important competitions, medical and physiotherapy care, etc.
In exchange, golfers have the obligation to represent the university in competitions when required.
What can I study at UGPM program?
We have a wide variety of options that will fit your academic background. Please see our Academics section to learn the details of our academic offer.
What are the academic requirements?
The academic requirements will vary depending on the program chosen. In general, for all the programs, you will need to have completed your secondary education. Please contact us at UGPM firstname.lastname@example.org to have more information.
Is Malaga University plan accord to Bologna Agreement?
Yes, it follows the Bologna method including ECTS credits and Erasmus.
Are there any recognized exams /qualification regarding a minimum Spanish level?
Yes, our students get prepared for the DELE test (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, the official diploma issued by the Spanish Institute Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education indicating the Spanish language proficiency). It takes place in May and depending on the level of the students. The university program will require the Intermediate or Advance level.
Can the academic credits for the classes be transferred to any US college?
You can use the credits you earn through GFA (Global Freshman Academy) at another college in the US. The specific school that you are transferring to decides how the credit will transfer. If you are planning on transferring credits, make sure to contact their registrar’s office to understand how the credits will transfer.
Do UGPM GAP students have access to the University facilities?
Yes, the GAP program is also part of Malaga University, therefore all the benefits apply, including the sport facilities.
How many hours of study per week are required in an GAP Program?
On average, students dedicate around 20 hours a week to their studies, including lessons.
How old do I need to be to be accepted in UGPM?
We accept students from 17,5 years old depending on the program.
When can I apply to the program?
We recommend you to apply from 6 to 12 months in advance. UGPM has a rolling admission policy, but please note that every season start on May and the admission process might take few weeks. Apply now!
Can I schedule a visit?
Yes! Please contact the admissions office at email@example.com to schedule a visit. A visit usually takes half a day and your game will be professionally evaluated by one of our UGPM instructors.
Where the formal interview takes place?
One of our admission requirements is a formal Skype interview. If you have the opportunity to come on campus in Malaga, we would be pleased to have a face-to-face interview.
How is the academic calendar at UGPM?
UGPM works accord with the academic schedule of Spain; that is from September to June. The academic calendar has two periods of official holidays: 2 weeks in Christmas and 10 days in Easter. During this time the student’s residence closes.
Does UGPM offer scholarships?
We do have a limited amount of financial aid available. Recipients are selected based on an academic, athletic, character and financial review. Additionally, UGPM is in the R&A scholarships program for college golfers. The scholarships are annual and range from 600 to 1,800 GBP.
To be eligible there is a minimum HDP required:
- Female: 3 or better.
- Male: scratch or better.
MALAGA AND ACCOMMODATION
Does UGPM offer accommodation?
Yes. UGPM students has the opportunity to stay in the program residences, near the college campus, with individual rooms. The residences are equipped with all the necessary facilities:
- 7 days a week full boarding (breakfast, lunch, snack and diner)
- 24h reception
- Cleaning service
- Study and social areas
What kind of activities I can do in Malaga?
Malaga has plenty of things to do in your spare time. Large number of museums, touristic attractions, seaside walks, practicing all kind of sports (including the university sports facilities), beach, cinemas, shopping centers and a wide gastronomy offer.
How can I move around in my spare time?
Malaga has a complete public transport system with buses, metro and train. A car is not necessary to move around the city.
It is easy to travel to and from Malaga?
Yes. Malaga has an Airport with direct flights to most of the European mayor cities and the train Station Maria Zambrano, will take you to the main cities of Spain.