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

Attendance Students 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

Two programs are available in Granada during the summer: Intensive Spanish Language or Spanish Language and Culture.

Both programs are available in Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 2 + 4, but in Session 1 only Intensive Spanish Language is available.

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)

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 to 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. Session 3 students can therefore earn up to 10 credits.

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