Ticket to the States!

LAST UPDATED: 1 Mar, 2013 @ 13:00
Ticket to the States!

By Kathryn Richardson

A BRAND new university is to open on the Costa del Sol.

The American College of Marbella will be offering the popular ‘2+2′ University Transfer Program

The accredited college will allow Spanish students to study American SAT tests, English language and TEFL courses for the first two years before completing their university degree in the US.

In total, the college opening in September, can enable students to earn up to 60 credits (approximately two years of university study).

“You have a lot of kids who have been moving around a lot and they don’t know what they want to study,” said founder Melissa Butler.

“We offer them the opportunity to do the first two years here and give them the time to work out what they want to do.”

The college on the Carretera de Istan will have seven classrooms and will cater for both Spanish and international students.

The school year will be split across two, 14-week semesters, at a fee of €12,000 a year.

An intensive eight-week English programme is also available.

Butler, whose father runs a similar college in Dubai, said she had already received quite a lot of applicants.

She added: “I am very excited. It’s hard work but I take it very seriously because you are talking about students’ futures.”

For more information visit www.acmarbella.es or call 682 602 639.


  1. What a joke. Fees are 4 times the national average.
    When they get to America how are people supposed to pay the 40,000 dollars a year tuition in America?

  2. The 60 credits will be the equivalent of completing the general education requirements of US colleges and Universities; when the students transfer they can start taking classes geared more toward their major. I think it is a wonderful idea. Many students(including myself) in the states have done or do this already although, it is usually only 12 to 18 credits per semester. I think as long as it is fully accredited and recognized by the US Education Dept.it can be a wonderful program.