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Study Abroad | Granada
Spring 2023: Academics

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  • Spring 2023

AcadEmics Overview

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Program Options

Program Name Early Start Available Credits Notes
Multi Discipline
Early Start Available: No Credits: Up to 15

Spanish Language and Culture Program (taught in English): Students can take up to 5 courses. Spanish grammar and Spanish speaking and writing skills are required and are the only two courses taught in Spanish at your level. Then choose 2 or 3 electives from 300 level courses coded with an E (eg. 315E).

Spanish Language and Culture Program (taught in Spanish): Spanish grammar and Spanish speaking and writing skills are required courses. Then choose 2 or 3 electives from 300 level courses. Students are encouraged to take all of their electives in Spanish but may choose electives from the Spanish Language and Culture program taught in English if they wish to.

Advanced Hispanic Studies Program: One Spanish language course is required from these three: Oral Production and Interaction Skills in Spanish; Writing Texts in Spanish; Spanish Grammar. Students can then take up to 4 electives from 400 level course taught in Spanish.

Internship: Medical, Business, Teaching and NGO: Students accepted onto the program will complete a 3-credit, 45 hour total or a 7-credit, 120 hour* total internship. For the remaining 2 or 3 electives students can choose courses from the Spanish Language and Culture Program in Spanish or courses from the Advanced Hispanic Studies Program. 

Courses meet for 45 hours and carry 3 recommended credits.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Anthropology

Arabic Language

Art

Ecology

Economics

Foreign Language

Geography

Health Sciences

History

Internship

Literature

Marketing

Mathematics

Music

Political Science

Russian Language

Science

Sociology

Spanish Language

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Internship Program

For students with a minimum Upper Intermediate level of Spanish.

In addition to the required Spanish language course and 2 or 3 electives from the Spanish Language and Culture Program in Spanish or the Advanced Hispanic Studies Program, students on the Internship Program take the course below for 3 credits.

The internship includes group seminars and individual meetings with the University of Granada Internship Coordinator in order to prepare you and support you through the internship.

Upon completion of the internship, students will present an internship diary and give an oral presentation for a final grade. The internship will appear on your semester transcript.

The Internship Program enables students to:

  • apply academic training to practical situations in business and other organizations
  • work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work-styles and techniques
  • relate work experience to classroom situations
  • enrich their employment opportunities and establish a work record for their résumé
  • acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • gain contacts and insight into a career area

Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations as part of the internship selection process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the University of Granada Internship Coordinator.

For further details of the Internship Program application and selection process please contact the AIFS Program Advisor.

Academic Credit & Transcripts

Credit Transfer

As a part of the AIFS application for semester programs, you will complete a Course Approval Form, which will be signed off by your study abroad office staff and/or faculty at your university.

For J Term/Summer programs, no such approval form is needed; however, students are still responsible for ensuring credit can be brought back from their overseas program.
In any case, we recommend getting additional courses approved in case you need to change courses while abroad.

Overseas universities do not use the credit system employed by American institutions. AIFS students must make special arrangements to transfer credits, but since AIFS courses are given at recognized universities or the AIFS Centers (which are transcripted by Fairfield University), there usually is no difficulty in arranging transfer credit toward U.S. degrees provided the proper procedure is followed.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Many of the European institutions that AIFS works with award credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS enables cooperating institutions to measure and compare a student’s performance and facilitates the transfer of credits from the European institution to the U.S institution.

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Language levels are defined according to the CEFR and will be listed on your transcript on completion of the program. CEFR organizes language proficiency into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) which can be regrouped into three broad levels according to the needs of the local institution: Beginner: A1, A2/U.S. Level 100; Intermediate: B1, B2/U.S. Level 200-300; Advanced: C1, C2/U.S. Level 400

Transcripts

When you complete your program, an official transcript is sent to your home institution directly from AIFS Abroad or the host university. Another official transcript may be retained by AIFS Abroad in Stamford, but this is not the case for all programs. Please contact transcripts@aifs.com to find out how to request additional transcripts. 
 
Generally, your school should receive your transcript 60 days after completion of the program. (Cannes Semester programs, Perth, Sydney, Dublin, Limerick, and Wellington Programs exception: Transcripts issued and retained by the host universities. Transcripts for the Cannes Semester programs are issued by Chapman University.)
 
Transcripts may come without an English-language translation, so participants will need to organize translations with their home university.

Academic Records

Credit assessment methods in overseas universities may not be comparable to those in U.S. universities. Grading may involve exams, papers, individual projects, class discussion or some combination of these. Although academic institutions abroad may grade on a variety of scales, admissions counselors and registrars at U.S. institutions are familiar with international grading systems and can convert grades.

Course Selection

AIFS Program Advisors are available to assist you in the process. The following procedure is recommended:

Read course descriptions for the selected program and select courses. Obtain approval from your academic or study abroad advisor for the preliminary courses selected. Final approval of credit transfer for completed courses is at the discretion of the Registrar or appropriate official at the home institution. Students must ascertain that courses taken meet their individual academic program requirements. Recommended credits in this catalog are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit.

I would absolutely recommend this program. The trip has been such a positive experience. Wonderful program!

AIFS has a lot to offer. The more I talked to American students from other programs, the more I realized that AIFS was clearly the best choice

This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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