Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Study Abroad in Granada: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: anthropology, art history, business, economics, education, geography, health sciences, history, literature, music, political science, religion, sociology, Spanish language.

Choose one program from those listed below. Courses in Spanish language are required. All students take a Spanish language placement test on arrival in Granada and are placed into the appropriate level of Spanish based on the results of this test. The Early Start Option: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation program is available for each semester program.*

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

Program Options

Depending on your level of Spanish, you can choose from the following options:

This program is designed for Beginner and Intermediate level Spanish students who wish to complement their study of Spanish with elective courses taught in English in Spanish literature, history, economics, politics, art and more. Students can take up to 5 courses. Spanish Grammar and Spanish Speaking and Writing Skills are required and the only two courses taught in Spanish at your level. Then choose 2 or 3 electives. Each course meets for 45 hours and is recommended for 3 semester credits. Previous Spanish language study is not required.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA

This program is designed for high Intermediate or low Advanced level Spanish students who wish to further their Spanish language study and take elective courses taught in Spanish in literature, history, politics, economics, art and more. Courses meet for 45 hours and are recommended for 3 semester credits. Spanish Grammar and Spanish Speaking and Writing Skills are required courses. Then choose 2 or 3 electives. Typically students with 2 or 3 years of college level Spanish study place into these levels. A placement test will determine your level and the possibility of being enrolled in this program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA; High Intermediate Spanish

Students at the high Advanced level (typically with 4 years previous study of college level Spanish) are encouraged to take this program. Spanish Speaking and Writing Skills is a required course. Students can then take up to 4 electives taught in Spanish. Elective fields include art, business, literature, history, economics, geography, music, politics and sociology and more. Courses meet for 45 hours and are recommended for 3 semester credits. A placement test will determine your level and the possibility of being enrolled in this program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA; Advanced or Superior level Spanish

In a competitive and global world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom based learning. The internship program is designed for students wishing to gain vital insights into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and to develop professional and personal skills.

Students wishing to enroll in the Internship Program must place into the high Intermediate or low Advanced level of Spanish or above and typically have at least 2 or 3 years of college level Spanish.

Internship program students take up to 5 courses. This includes an internship course consisting of field work, group and individual seminars with a University of Granada Internship Advisor, a written project and presentation and a 45 hour internship with a local school, NGO or business for 3 recommended credits.

All students then take the Spanish Speaking and Writing Skills course. Spanish Grammar is also required for upper Intermediate and low Advanced level students. For the remaining 2 or 3 electives students can choose courses from the Spanish Language and Culture Programs in English or Spanish or courses from the Advanced Hispanic Studies Program. Courses meet for 45 hours and carry 3 recommended credits.

Internship placements are available in fields including: education (working in Primary and High Schools), communications, web design, graphic design, nutrition and renewable energies, and with local NGOs.

For further details on the application and admissions process for the Internship Program, please contact your AIFS Admissions Officer.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA; 2 or 3 years of College level Spanish language

(Fall: 4 weeks, 5 credits; Spring: 3 weeks, 4 credits)

Give your Spanish skills a headstart and earn an extra 5 or 4 credits by choosing the Early Start option. Students taking this option will arrive in Granada before the semester begins and take an intensive Spanish language course focusing on grammar, conversation and culture. All levels of Spanish are available from Beginner through to Superior and Bilingual. The placement test on the first day after your arrival will determine your level and consequently which program you may be enrolled in for the semester. The Optional Early Start Program gives you a good opportunity to improve your Spanish before the semester begins and increase your chances of getting into the programs which require a higher level of language competency. The course also gives you the opportunity to make a gradual adjustment to academic life and living in Spain.

The Early Start Program runs for 4 weeks in the Fall for 80 hours (5 credits) and for 3 weeks and 60 hours (4 credits) in the Spring.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Early Start Fall or Spring Semester 5 or 4 2.5 GPA

The University of Granada

Founded by Emperor Charles V in 1531, the University of Granada is one of the most prestigious public universities in Spain. Known for its excellence in teaching Spanish as a second language, the University has courses in Spanish language and culture to suit varied levels of expertise. The undergraduate and postgraduate student population totals over 60,000.

Students attend classes at the University’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM). The University has dedicated this Center to the teaching of Spanish, Hispanic Studies and Language and Culture to foreign students and to their integration into Spanish society. The Center consists of two beautiful historical buildings which have been totally renovated and equipped with modern classrooms, audio-visual equipment, computer facilities and a library. Small teaching groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards. AIFS students at the University of Granada will participate in a diverse and dynamic community of students and faculty from all over the world.