Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

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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 Granadaís 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

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted number 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 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 studentís home institution on completion of the program.

Program Options

Three programs are available in Granada during the summer:

  • Intensive SpanishLanguage
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Internship Programs with placements in local businesses, a hospital and an NGO

For Spanish language courses, course level is determined by a placement test: the written part is done online prior to arrival in Spain while the oral interview takes place after arrival in Granada. All students must take the placement test. 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 (Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 and Sessions 2+4 Combined) is open to students of all levels from Beginner to Advanced. The program is designed to maximize studentsí 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 through Friday meeting for a total of 80 hours and 5 recommended credits per 4-week session.

Nine levels of Spanish are available. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Students taking the Intensive Spanish Language Program can also opt to take a Conversation Practice course at their 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 (Sessions 2, 3, 4 and Sessions 2+4 Combined) 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. 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

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.

The Internship Program gives students with an intermediate level of Spanish and above the opportunity to intern in a local business, in a local hospital or with an NGO. Students combine the 3-credit internship course (business and hospital) or the 1.5-credit course (volunteering) with courses from the Spanish Language and Culture program for up to 6.5 credits per session. Students complete an internship application in addition to the program application. Spanish level is determined by a placement test regardless of previous experience. We advise you to gain prior approval for several course options in order to ensure you will receive credit in the event that you do not place into the required level of Spanish for the internship.

Available in Sessions 2 and 4 or Sessions 2 + 4 Combined. This course is available to students with an Upper Advanced level of Spanish who place into Spanish 304/403/404 Upper Advanced B2.2 level or above. Most internships are based in hotels in Granada giving students experience and insight into the tourism and hospitality industry and business practice in Spain.

Available in Sessions 2 and 4 or Sessions 2 + 4 Combined. Students undertaking the medical internship will work in a private hospital shadowing and working with healthcare professionals. Students must place into Spanish 304/403/404 Upper Advanced B2.2 level or above and be studying relevant (major or minor) health courses as part of their degree program.

This internship is available in Sessions 2 and 3 only.

Students wishing to intern in an NGO must place into Spanish 203, Intermediate B1.1 level or above.

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.

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