Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Study Abroad in Granada: Academics

University of Granada

Founded by Emperor Charles V in 1531, the University of Granada is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain with over 70,000 students. Known for its “Spanish Language and Culture” course, the University teaches language and culture to suit varied levels of expertise.

Students attend all classes at the University of Granada’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas. The University has dedicated this center to the teaching of Spanish Language and Culture to foreign students, and to their integration into Spanish society. The Centro has two historic buildings with beautiful courtyards which are totally renovated and equipped with modern classrooms, audio-visual equipment, e-mail facilities and a library. Small groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards.

Academic Overview

AttendanceStudents exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Credits Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved. We advise you to gain pre-approval for several different levels of Spanish in order to ensure that you will receive credit for the level that you test into after the placement test in Granada.

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

Transcripts for all programs are issued by the University of Granada. One official copy will be mailed to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Program Options

Three programs are available in Granada during the summer:

  • Intensive SpanishLanguage
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Business Internship

Intensive Spanish Language and Spanish Language and Culture are available in Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 2 + 4. In Session 1 only Intensive Spanish Language is available.

The Internship Program is 8 weeks and only available to Sessions 2 + 4 Combined students.

For Spanish language courses, course level is determined by a placement test given on arrival in Granada. Students should gain pre-approval for several course options in case they do not test into the expected level. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required for each course to run.

The Intensive Spanish Language Program is open to students of all levels from Beginner to Advanced. The program is designed to maximize students’ knowledge and communicative abilities in the Spanish language by providing instruction in grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening practice and culture.

Language classes meet for 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday meeting for a total of 80 hours and 5 recommended credits per 4-week session.

Nine levels of Spanish are available. Course level is determined by a placement exam given on arrival regardless of previous experience. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Students taking the Intensive Spanish Language program can also opt to take a Conversation Practice course at his/her level. (This course is not offered in Session 1). A minimum of 10 students is required for this course to run.

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students can opt to take the Conversation Practice course or a subject course (taught in Spanish) from the Spanish Language and Culture Program. Elective classes meet for a total of 22.5 hours and a recommended 1.5 credits. These courses are not offered in Session 1 when only Spanish Language is available.

The Intensive Spanish Language Program is available in all the summer sessions.

The Spanish Language and Culture Program is open to students with Intermediate, Advanced and Superior levels of Spanish interested in furthering their Spanish language and taking specific courses related to Spanish history and culture. All courses are taught in Spanish and course level is determined by a placement test, regardless of previous experience. Courses meet for 45 (3 credits) or 22.5 hours (1.5 credits).

A Spanish language course is not mandatory on this program; however it is highly recommended in order to get the most out of the academic program and studying abroad in Spain.

Students can earn up to 6 recommended credits per 4-week session taking courses in one of the following combinations.

  • Spanish language (45 hours) + one 45-hour subject course
  • Spanish language (45 hours) + two 22.5-hour subject courses
  • One 45-hour subject course + two 22.5-hour subject courses
  • Two 45-hour subject courses
  • Four 22.5-hour subject courses

The Spanish Language and Culture Program is available in Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 2 + 4 Combined only.

Session 3 students: Students on Session 3 take either the Intensive Spanish Language Program or the Spanish Language and Culture Program for the first 4 weeks and spend the last 2 weeks taking Intensive Spanish Language only. The two week Spanish course is 4 hours per day Monday through Friday for a total of 40 hours and 3 recommended credits.

An optional class of Conversation Practice is offered for an additional 10 hours and 0.5 credits. A minimum of 10 students is required for this course to run. Session 3 students can therefore earn up to 10 credits.

Students with an Upper Advanced level of Spanish (Spanish 302) or higher can enroll in a 3-credit business internship in Sessions 2 and 4 Combined (8 weeks). This is a 45-hour internship based in a hotel in Granada where students will receive hands on experience from professionals running a business during high season in the tourism industry in Spain. Students will undertake 22.5 hours in Session 2 and a further 22.5 hours in Session 4. Students then select courses from the Spanish Language and Culture Program taking a further 9 credits (4.5 credits per session) for a maximum of 12 credits.

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