The University of Malaga (UMA) sends fewer students abroad than it receives from other European countries under the Erasmus student exchange programme. In the 2006-2007 university year, 419 UMA students studied abroad, while 580 came from the rest of Europe to study in Malaga. This university year, the figures were 460 and 600 respectively. UMA is also a popular choice for students from Latin America, the US and Canada. UMA’s vice-rector for International Relations, María Cabello, said Malaga was a popular destination because of “the city’s welcoming ambience, the hospitable nature of its people, UMA’s academic quality and the fact that the number of students opting to study Spanish as a second language is growing year by year”.