API (Academic Programs International): Granada - Universidad de Granada
The Universidad de Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University’s Modern Langu... read more
I learned great and valuable things from Spain. Go to Spain, go to Granada. However, go through a different provider. You will leave feeling frustrated, abandoned, and more if you choose API. Kameryn Ramey - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
I learned about so many different cultures, my Spanish language skills improved tremendously, and I became more independent. The entire experience was very worthwhile. A student - Oregon State University View Entire Review
My Spanish speaking skills improved so much from spending time chatting with my host mom. Having such a wonderful person to live with made my semester amazing. A student - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was definitely the best four months of my life. I gained confidence, I became a happier and more relaxed person and my Spanish skills improved immensely. A student - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
I learned to be comfortable doing my own thing and having to rely on the kindness of strangers. Cassie K - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I knew I wanted to study abroad since I was 16. I just didn't realize what it would be like at all. Speaking Spanish with locals really taught me to stand up for myself, because it wasn't always easy to communicate about what you wanted. You have to be firm until you're understood. I saw eleven countries while here, 26 cities. Y... A student - Western Washington University View Entire Review
It was the most worthwhile experience of my life. I learned to try new things, explore, live in the moment, not take anything for granted, and so much more. My language skills improved so much and I learned so much about the Spanish culture and lifestyle. I love Granada and could not imagine a better place to study abroad. ms492 - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
I'm going back to Spain for a gap year before law school....I can't get enough. I'll let the reader of this survey deduce if this experience is awesome or not.... melissa.carella.9 - Salem State College View Entire Review
I learned a lot more Spanish and how different cultures can be. It was worthwhile. Shane H - Western Washington University View Entire Review
It was life changing. I learned that it's not like the US everywhere. It was very insightful to gain this new perspective. nstaples1 - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
I learned to push boundaries and not be afraid to ask whenever I'm unsure of something, among many other things. It was very worthwhile. Elise S - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes, very worth while. I became way more comfortable speaking Spanish and made friends with lots of people from all over the United States. Katie S - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I LOVE STUDY ABROAD! I had the most amazing time, and everyone who goes abroad will probably say this, but I was able to meet so many new people and have the craziest experiences. You learn so much about yourself as well as what you are able to do on your own when you don't know anyone or the language. You are able to develop sk... Stacy S - Bryant University View Entire Review
The self-discovery that I embarked on during my time abroad made my experience truly unforgettable. The transformation that I saw in myself made the experience extraordinary. The growth, lessons, and memories gained abroad made my experience in foreign countries so much more meaningful for me. Additionally, the people that I met... Pamela K. - Southern Connecticut State University View Entire Review
Study abroad is more than worth it. I learned a lot of Spanish, made friends who live all over the US, made friends who live on the other side of the world, and I now have sisters and a mom on the other side of the world. I learned about the Spanish culture, art, and history. I will use all of this in my career as a Spanish t... Dana K - University of Dayton View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Spanish culture as well as other cities in Europe. I also learned that I'm capable of a lot more than I gave myself credit for. A student - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was definitely more fun and worthwhile to complete a full academic year experience rather than just a semester. I learned a lot about Spain, but more so about myself and how I can approach new situations with the knowledge I have about culture and diversity. Carina F - Plymouth State University View Entire Review
This program was everything I hoped it would be. I could rave about Granada and the API program forever. It was the perfect mix of freedom and structure. I fell in love with the city- it is the ideal mix of culture, language, and people. Chloe G - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
i learned to be more dependent and live each moment, it was absolutely worthwhile Avery R - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I learned about the Spanish culture and language. The experience provided me with a worldly view on life. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned quite a bit about myself and what I want out of life. I learned a lot about cultural perspectives and how being American impacts my personal views on global topics. This was an extremely worthwhile experience. Kathleen K - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I learned more about the language, about people, and about Spain. It was definitely worthwhile. A student - Western Washington University View Entire Review
It changed me as a person, student, and global citizen. If I could go abroad for my whole college carreer, I would. I expect to be back over seas next year, thanks to my experince in Granada. An academic year abraod was the best decision, and highlight of my college carreer. Rachel P - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I gained life-long friends, memories, and lessons. I advanced my Spanish language and learned about life outside of the U.S. A student - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I learned a lot of insight into another culture and I feel it has helped me see my own world in a new light. Bianca P - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
The Universidad de Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University’s Modern Language Center, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is housed in what was once an orphanage built in the 1700s. It was completely restored in 1992 and is located in the heart of Granada, in the “Realejo” district. The 1:10 ratio of students to general population renders the entire city abuzz with university activity. Strategically located near mountains and the ocean, there is always something for a student to do in and around Granada. API students who study abroad in Granada can live in and learn from one of the most culturally fascinating cities in all of Spain.
Programs in Granada Includes:
Semester Intensive Spanish Language Studies: The Intensive Language Program is designed for beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills over the course of one semester. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students instead complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. Students can expect to advance their Spanish a minimum of two levels during the semester. Each student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada.
Semester Spanish Language and Culture for Beginning/Intermediate Speakers: This program is ideal for students who would like to study abroad in Granada to improve their writing skills and knowledge of upper-level grammar, while also taking culture courses in addition to their language studies. The program offers culture classes in both English and in Spanish. All students take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival and are placed into the appropriate language level based on the results of this exam. Students may choose to take some classes in English. In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must place into the high intermediate or low advanced level. Usually students with 2-3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent place into the high intermediate level (European Framework level B1.2). Students with 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish usually place into the low advanced level (European Framework level B2.1). High advanced students (5 or more semesters of Spanish; European Framework level B2.2) are encouraged to apply for the Hispanic Studies program. The elective courses are taught at an upper-divsion (300+) level.
Semester Spanish Language and Culture for Advanced Speakers: Designed for students who wish to study abroad in Granada to acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish language and culture, the Hispanic Studies program allows students to take an advanced Spanish language course along with several elective courses in Spanish. Students must have completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test to verify that they are ready for classes at the high advanced or superior levels (European Framework levels B2.2, C1 and C2 respectively). Students testing below the high advanced level are transferred to the Language and Culture program and can choose from the courses listed for that program. Academic Year students who do not place high enough for the Hispanic Studies Program during the fall semester may switch to the Spanish Language and Culture Program for the fall and then move into the Hispanic Studies Program for the spring semester. Elective courses are conducted at an upper-division (300-400) level.
Summer Intensive Spanish Language Studies: This program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Granada to begin or to improve their knowledge of Spanish language in an immersion setting. Students study Spanish grammar and conversation. Students may earn 80-90 contact hours (5-6 semester credits) per summer term. An essentially communicative approach is used in these courses along with the use of the most up-to-date audiovisual technology. These courses are designed to suit the needs of all students. Each student’s level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada.
Summer Spanish Language and Culture Studies: This program has a joint focus on language and culture, allowing the student who wants to study abroad in Granada the opportunity to develop and improve his/her linguistic skills while enjoying an introduction to the major topics of Spanish culture. In addition to the Spanish language class, classes are available in Spanish history, Spanish literature, history of Spanish art, Islamic culture, and more. This summer, students participating in the Spanish Language & Culture study abroad program in Granada enroll in 90 contact hours per session. In general, 90 contact hours is considered to be equivalent to 6 U.S. semester credits. Please note that each U.S. university sets its own guidelines regarding how it accepts credit from abroad, so it is important that you discuss specific credit transfer policies with your home university.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- January Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships
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