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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.
Winter 1SL 2024
Jan 04, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024
Oct 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Oct 15, 2023
80 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Open to students of all language levels, this intensive program will rapidly improve your Spanish language abilities. Spanish language modules cover the skills of writing, reading, speaking, and listening.
Semester programs consist of three, month-long modules. At the end of each module, you may advance to the next level and will likely progress through three language levels (for example: low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate) during the program. Level advancement is not automatic, and you may not progress if you fail the course or if your professor does not think you have achieved the appropriate skills required for the next level.
Summer programs consist of one Spanish language course, covering one language level.
Intensive month programs consist of one Spanish language course, covering 60-80 hours of language instruction.
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. Classmates are international students, the majority of whom are North American. All classes are taught by Universidad de Granada faculty at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas.
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.
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.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Spanish Visa Support
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
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.
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.
Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Granada Program Manager.
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Support & Funding
Resident Director, Spain
Ángel Garzón Pena
Housing Coordinator, Spain
Laura Reyes Ruiz
Associate Vice President of Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and South Africa Operations, Spain
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.
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.
If you choose to live in the residencia, you will have your own roomr 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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cultural Activities in Granada
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Granada. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcase what makes Granada special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included flamenco shows, intercambios (language exchange with locals), cooking classes, and tours of the Alhambra.
*These activities are available to students at little to no additional cost.