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Study Abroad | Granada

Spain | University of Granada | January Term 2025
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Spend January Term in the charming city of Granada, Spain, with AIFS! Study Spanish and Islamic Culture at the University of Granada. The last Moorish kingdom to fall, Granada is a city rich with both Islamic and Spanish history.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    3 semester credits

  • Courses

    Course on Spanish and Islamic Civilization and Culture, taught in English

  • Housing

    Stay in a Spanish homestay

  • Meals

    3 meals included per day in the homestay

  • Excursions

    Morocco (3 days)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    City tours of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, the Albaicín (Old Arabic Quarter),  the Granada of 3 cultures and the Sacramonte

  • Welcome Event

    To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize yourself with the local area and advise you about living abroad

  • Onsite Support

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round trip flights U.S.-Málaga-U.S.

    Round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas

Program Details: Study Abroad | Granada Al Andalus: The Influence of Islamic Culture on Spain


January 6, 2025January 21, 2025


January Term


University of Granada

Application Deadline

October 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Non-Student

Minimum of 2.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • History
  • Sociology

Global Themes

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

Known for its excellence in teaching Spanish as a second language, the University of Granada has courses in Spanish language and culture to suit varied levels of expertise. The undergraduate and postgraduate student population totals over 60,000. Small teaching groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards. AIFS students will participate in a diverse and dynamic community of students and faculty. The University’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) consists of two beautiful historical buildings which have been totally renovated and equipped with modern classrooms, audio- visual equipment, computer facilities and a library. 

  • History
  • Sociology

Earn 3 credits studying the impact of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) on Spanish history, tradition and language through a series of classes and visits. You will learn about the most important events of the period and visit the most significant monuments and locations, exploring the concept of Islam while drawing these connections together to understand how the Moors influenced culture, literature, art and architecture. A taster Arabic lesson will give you some essential communication skills before you visit Morocco. Course taught in English.

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Living Abroad

Spanish Homestay

Living with a Spanish homestay is a very rewarding way to experience the culture and to learn about how Spaniards live firsthand. Homes are carefully selected by the Program Director. The homestay will include:

  • 3 meals a day
  • Students will receive their own house key
  • Shared room with another AIFS student
  • Once a week laundry service
  • A limited number of single rooms are available for a $140 supplement

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Granada


Before this ancient city was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, it was ruled by the Moors, during their nearly 800-year domination of the Iberian Peninsula. Granada has 3 listed UNESCO Heritage Sites: the Alhambra, Generalife Gardens, and the residential district of Albayzín.


Situated about 18 miles (30km) away from the Sierra Nevada’s, Granada is the perfect spot for a ski getaway in the sun. The Sierra Nevada has snowcapped peaks from November to May and over 250 sunshine days a year.


Granada’s location is ideal. You can hike the Sierra Nevada in the morning, take a dip in the Mediterranean in the afternoon and enjoy tapas by the light of the Alhambra in the evening.

AIFS in Granada Director, January Term Program

Noelia Marin Muñoz

¡Hola! I have been working with visiting students in Granada since 2007. I studied at the university myself so am very familiar with student life here in Granada. I also spent a year studying abroad in England which gave me an understanding of how to adjust to living in a different culture. My job is to help facilitate your immersion into the Spanish language and culture; ensuring your study abroad is a fun and safe learning experience. I love watching how students change during their time here. Upon arrival, you will continually ask questions. By the end of the program you will be independent, confident and knowledgeable citizens of the world and teaching me things I didn’t know! The AIFS office is located in “Puerta Real”, the very center of Granada. It is a 5-minute walk from the university building. Drop by and tell me about something wonderful you have discovered in my favorite city!

The Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true understanding of Spanish culture and its Arabic roots, the AIFS team in Granada arranges a variety of cultural and social activities. Activities will include:

  • Guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife
  • “Tapas” welcome event
  • Tour of the Albaicín (Old Arabic Quarter)
  • Granada of 3 cultures tour
  • Sacramonte


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Granada and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. 



Visit the north of Morocco exploring 4 of the country’s most picturesque and beautiful cities – Tangier, Tetouan, Chef-Chaouen and the lovely white-washed coastal town of Asilah. Guided tours of the medinas, the Plaza Moulay El Mehdi, Plaza Hassan I and the Royal Palace and visits to the walls, Cape Spartel and the caves of Hercules. Includes round trip transportation (bus and ferry), hotel accommodation, breakfasts, most lunches and most dinners, Tour Manager and local English-speaking guide and excursions as described above. Accompanied by AIFS staff throughout. *Non-U.S. citizens may need to arrange a visa to visit Morocco before traveling to Spain; students are responsible for checking visa requirements.
  • Morocco
  • 3 Days
  • Included in program fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 31, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 5, 2025
  • Program Begins
    January 6, 2025
  • Program Ends
    January 21, 2025
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    January 21, 2025
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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