Culture, Community & Churros: Granada Gap Year

Universidad de Granada
Granada, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Culture, Community & Churros: Granada Gap Year

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad de Granada

    The Universidad de Granada (UGr) was founded in 1531 and is one of the oldest universities in Spain. Today it is also one of the largest with over 80,000 students, 5,000 of whom are international. The UGr's Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM), founded in 1992, is one of Spain's premier centers for the teaching of Spanish to international students. It offers Spanish language and culture courses to visiting students and foreign language courses for local Spanish students. Popular areas of study at the CLM include art history, history, literature, political science, and Spanish language and culture.

    The CLM is comprised of two buildings separate from the main UGr campus. The original building, in the converted 16th century palace of Santa Cruz, is located in the Realejo district in the heart of the city of Granada. The ISA center is just around the corner and the other CLM building just a ten minute walk away. Though there are Spanish students studying foreign languages, the majority of students at the CLM are from the U.S. and other countries. In order to ensure an interactive learning environment, the university places a maximum of twenty students in each language class.

  • Term

    Fall 4SL 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late Sep, 2022 - Mid Dec, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2022

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Get ready for a journey of self-discovery with ISA’s immersive gap program that packs a world of life experience into 12 weeks. See new places, try new things, meet new people and have some fun too! Based in Granada, Spain, Culture, Community & Churros: Granada Gap Year blends the freedom and adventure of a gap year with just the right amount of structure, support, and learning, setting you up to reach your full future potential while discovering all that Spain has to offer. A compelling city famous for its rich history, unique Spanish Moor legacy, iconic architecture, Granada continues to attract a vibrant young community drawn to its intimate cafes, student scene, and bohemian vibe. Throughout it all, you’ll improve your Spanish, try out a course at the Universidad de Granada alongside university students, volunteer with a local organization, travel to some of the region’s most fascinating sites, and more.

Program Highlights:

● A home away from home
—Live in the heart of Granada with a local family in a homestay.
● Intensive language instruction—Level-up your Spanish skills right from the start with an intensive course that will help you get the most out of your time and experience in Spain.
● Community projects—Connect with the community, culture, and location while giving back through organized service-learning projects.
● Unique course options
—Get a feel for university-level classes by taking a culture-focused course of your choice.
● College credit
—Earn credit that you can apply toward your future transcript.
● Independence (with support when you want it)—Experience the perfect mix of structure and solo exploration. This is your journey...but we’re here to help whenever you need it.
● Included cultural activities and excursions—Explore more of Spain’s unique culture and destinations as our in-country team guides you to Cordoba, Sevilla (4 nights) and Morocco (8 nights), as well as a day trip to Malaga.

Curriculum Highlights:

● 1-week Bridging Cultures Orientation in Madrid, Toledo, and Granada
● 4-week intensive Spanish language course Universidad de Granada (course level determined by placement test)
● Content course of your choice at Universidad de Granada. Select from:*
○ Sustainability in the Mediterranean Spanish Civilization and Culture
○ Environmental Politics of the European Union
○ Social and Demographic Changes in Spain
○ The Arab World and the West
● Community project with an organization of your choice. Select from:*
○ Humanitarian Aid and Sustainable Development Organization
○ Community Foundation for Youth and Senior Citizens
○ Family Support Center for Children with Autism

*available courses and projects are subject to change


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Securing housing independently is not possible through this program.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Spanish Visa Support



Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Selection

  • All students will enroll in a 4-week intensive Spanish Language course and one additional elective to be chosen from the course list below.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Granada Program Manager.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the CLM. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Course Availability

  • All students should be prepared to switch to an alternate course in the event of last-minute class cancelations.
  • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change.


  • The transcript from the Universidad de Granada will reflect Contact Hours.


Universidad de Granada

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Karlee Kaltz

Program Manager, Spain


Marisa Revelles

Resident Director, Spain

Ángel Garzón Pena

Housing Coordinator, Spain

Reyes Ruiz Laura

Associate Vice President of Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and South Africa Operations, Spain

Lorena Herrera

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


A homestay is a great option if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Securing housing independently is not possible through this program.




Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.

Las Alpujarras

On this two-day, one night excursion you will explore the town and mountains of Las Aplujarras, a culturally and geographically exceptional region of the South-facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada, in southern Spain. In Las Alpujarras, you will enjoy a beautiful hike and learn how locals make a living farming and selling souvenirs. You will also learn about the different civilizations which have inhabited this area over several thousand years.


On this trip you will visit the city of Málaga where you'll be enchanted by cityscapes, a beautiful beach, and the Picasso museum.

Seville & Córdoba

On this overnight excursion, you will tour the famous Mezquita in Córdoba, a 10th-century mosque that curiously houses a 16th-century cathedral. You will explore the historic Jewish quarter and visit one of three original synagogues remaining in Spain. Córdoba was once home to Romans, Muslims, Christians and Jews, each leaving imprints that you will be able to identify by the time you leave.

 You will also visit Seville, a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.


This multi-day excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.


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