Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Housing in a homestay or apartment is included in the standard program fee.


  • Includes 3 meals per day
  • Double room
  • Weekly laundry

Shared Apartment

  • Single room
  • Shared kitchen, bathroom and living room
  • Meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries

Student Residence ($1,500/Fall or $2,200/Spring)

  • Double room with bathroom
  • Includes 3 meals per day Monday through Saturday
  • Laundry service

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Granada


Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain and many students choosing this option find that it is the most rewarding part of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn Spanish, get a unique insight into the culture and integrate into the local community. Each family is unique; you may live with a retired couple whose children have left home, a divorced or widowed woman with children still living at home, a married couple with children or a family with some older children still living at home. Typically, students share a room with another AIFS student. You will receive a weekly laundry service.

Meals The homestay option includes three meals per day with your host.


Students choosing this option will share an apartment with other AIFS, Spanish or international students. Apartments are centrally located and within walking distance of the University. Typically, 2 to 4 people share an apartment. The kitchen, bathroom and living room are shared. All apartments have free Wi-Fi internet access, a television and washing machine. The apartments are cleaned on a weekly basis.

Meals Apartment students receive a meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing groceries and meals. Students can opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee of $10,195.

Student Residence

For an additional fee, you can also choose to live in a student residence with Spanish and other international students, located a short walk from the AIFS Office and the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (University building). You will share a double room with another AIFS student. Rooms have a private bathroom and you will receive a weekly laundry service. Spaces in the student residence are limited so students who want this option are advised to apply early.

Meals Students in the residence will receive three meals per day Monday through Saturday.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Spanish life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Alhambra and Generalife Gardens - Granada’s crown jewel and World Heritage Site
  • The Albaicín - the Moorish neighborhood dating back to 10th century Muslim Spain
  • Cathedral and Royal Chapel of Granada
  • Flamenco show
  • Spanish cuisine tasting
  • Arabic baths
  • Tapas evenings with Spanish students
  • Sacromonte, location of traditional gypsy caves
  • Hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities listed. You will also have access to the University of Granada’s own program of events and activities.

Volunteering Opportunities

Give back to the community and add a new perspective to your study abroad experience by joining our Granada volunteer program. You could be helping school children to improve their English by giving an English language workshop, helping elderly people or providing food for homeless people. At the end of the semester participating students will receive a certificate.

AIFS in Granada Resident Director, Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Noelia Marin Muñoz

Phone: (34) 637 512 057

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

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.