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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 Universidad de Granada is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).
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.
Fall 2A 2023
Aug 28, 2023 - Dec 22, 2023
Jun 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2023
260 - 305 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Accommodating students of all language levels, this program offers Spanish language and content courses. You will take two required Spanish language courses at your respective language level plus two to three additional content courses taught in either English or 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.
The Fall 2A, Spring 2A, and Academic Year 2A sessions of this program offer the option to begin with an intensive Spanish language course before the start of the semester. Fall 2B, Spring 2B, and Academic Year 2B sessions of this program will not offer an intensive Spanish language course. Students will begin their program with regular semester classes at the university.
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.
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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
260 - 305
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
17 - 21
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
26 - 30
- Students begin with an 80-hour intensive Spanish language course prior to the semester.
- Students will enroll in two required Spanish language courses at their respective language level and two to three additional electives taught in English or Spanish.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Granada Program Manager.
- 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 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 at the high advanced level or above, they will have the option to enroll in the Hispanic Studies program.
- 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 Program Manager 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
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Resident Director, Spain
Ángel Garzón Pena
Cultural Activities & Student Services Coordinator, Spain, Spain
Laura Reyes Ruiz
Associate Vice President of Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and South Africa Operations, Spain
Academic Coordinator, Spain
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (email@example.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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