Hispanic Studies

Universidad de Granada
Granada, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Hispanic Studies

  • 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

    Spring 3ASL 2021

  • Program Dates

    Jan 05, 2021 - May 22, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 10, 2020

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 15, 2020

  • Credit

    240 - 285 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Spring 2021 Program Dates, Virtual Options, & Visa Requirements

The Spring 2021 program is available in four options. After you are accepted to the program, your program manager will reach out to you via email to confirm your option. 

Option 1:  Full study abroad program in-person in Granada.This option requires a student visa prior to arrival in Spain. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and ISA's optional Spain Visa Service. (Student visa required.)

Option 2: Hybrid learning model of partial remote and partial in-person study abroad learning.  The program would begin virtually with online classes from January 23rd to February 23rd. A program discount will be available for the housing and insurance costs during this time. Students would then arrive in Granada on February 28th, and in-person classes would begin on March 2nd.ISA services such as housing and insurance are included for the onsite portion of the program from February 28th to May 22nd.A student visa is not required for this option, since you would be onsite less than 90 days. (Student visa not required.)

Option 3: For students participating in the A study abroad program, which begins with an Intensive Month of Spanish language, students can do the Intensive Month in-person or remotely. The Intensive Month classes end on January 28th. A program discount will be available for the housing and insurance costs during this time. Students can either continue remotely, (see option 2 above) or they can continue in-person and arrive in Granada on January 30th, in which case they would need to obtain a student visa and arrive in Granada on January 30th.ISA services such as housing and insurance are included for the onsite portion of the program. (Student visa required.)

Option 4: Complete full program virtually from home country. A program discount will be available for the housing, excursion, and insurance costs of the program. (Student visa not required.)

Study Abroad Program Description

Open to students at a high advanced language level and above, you will refine your Spanish language abilities while learning about the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world in this immersive program. You will enroll one Spanish language course of your choosing plus three or four content courses, instructed entirely in Spanish. Classmates are international students, the majority of whom are from the U.S. All courses are taught by Universidad de Granada faculty at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas.

All students are required to take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Granada. This exam will determine your language level and course selections are not confirmed until the results are available. If the placement exam indicates that you are not at the advanced level, you will be required to switch to the Spanish Language, Culture & Electives program.

In addition to the semester-long courses, there is also the option to add an intensive month-long Spanish language class at the beginning of the term. The Fall A and Academic Year A programs will start with an 80 contact hour intensive Spanish language course while the Spring A program will begin with a similar 60 contact hour course. The Fall B and Spring B programs do not contain an intensive month.

A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your appropriate Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.

Service-Learning in Granada
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Granada and for more information about how to receive academic credit.


Visa Information

A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level Spanish


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 Program

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

240 - 285

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

16 - 19

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

24 - 28

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students begin with a 60-hour intensive Spanish language course prior to the semester.
  • Students will enroll in one required Spanish language course at their respective language level, and three or four additional electives taught in Spanish. 
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Granada Site Specialist.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in all 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 at your home university. 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.
  • If a student places below the high advanced level, they will not be eligible for this program and will be required to enroll in the Spanish Language, Culture & Electives program.

Course Availability

  • All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses 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.
  • Additional foreign language courses may be available, please contact the Granada Site Specialist for more information.


  • The transcript from the Universidad de Granada will reflect Contact Hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Amy Remondi

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

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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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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.


Homestays are best 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 will provide two meals a day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service, including a change of sheets and towel, 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.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished and centrally located. Meals and laundry service are not included.

Student Residence

Certain programs allow you to live in a residencia for an extra cost. If you choose to live in the residencia, you will be placed in a double room, and you may be placed with other international roommates that are not part of the ISA program. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the residencias, and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.



Las Alpujarras and Almuñecar

On this two-day excursion you will explore the town of Almuñecar as well as 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. In Almuñecar you will learn even more about Andalucía’s diverse landscapes and spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach.


On this excursion you will tour the famous Mezquita, 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.


Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site 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.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional 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.


Seville is 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.


Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.