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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

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OVERALL RATING 3.8
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I want to work abroad and possible live there. Also, I took some of their values and applied them to my life. Being in a country that everyone had a related culture was really something. - University of Kansas View Entire Review
Of course, I improved my language skills SO MUCH! It was fantastic. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was more than worthwhile. I improved my Spanish skills drastically, but also learned a lot about another culture from first-hand experience, and in the process, learned a lot about my own culture and stand-points on issues in the world. I grew as a person and was able to create friendships that will last a lifetime. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I love to travel. I have been all over the world, and can't get enough of it. Study abroad opens new doors and allows for experiences you could never receive at home. It is totally worth the trip - especially if you stay for the full year for the language proficiency. Always take the extra step - it's totally worth it! - Oregon State University View Entire Review
My time abroad has changed my perspective on life in general. I am much more aware of the world around me, when before I did not think much outside of the United States. I have developed a love for the Spanish language and culture. My experience abroad has made me a more confident and stronger person in a variety of situations t... - Kansas State University View Entire Review
Yes. It was very worthwhile. I would do it again in a heartbeat and wouldn't change a thing. - Trinity University View Entire Review
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Yes. This study abroad experience helped me to decide on a second major and gave me a broader outlook on what I would like to do after college. - Rice University View Entire Review
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My study abroad has been irreplaceable. I have gained an even greater independence while here while also coming away with a greater appreciation for the people I love at home. I have learned to make the most of every experience, even when it's hard to put yourself out there and do things on your own. Life is worth living to i... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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I loved studying in Granada. I love speaking spanish and i was able to get a firm grasp on the language, even becoming fluent. I made lots of friends and travelled all over Europe while I was there. I would definitely recommend it. The culture is incredible and the food is out of this world. Definitely go to Granada, Espana! - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
Of course, I improved my language skills SO MUCH! It was fantastic. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Granada - University of Granada
Way more than worthwhile. It opened my eyes up to so much more and I was able to meet and become close with some other Americans in other states whom I can now go and visit and also Spaniards that I can keep in contact with. I am going back in a year to teach English which is a big thing offered to you while abroad to get you to... - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I couldn't have asked for a better experience. - San Diego State University View Entire Review
The experience was more than worthwhile. I was able to feel at home in another country with people I had never know before. I made so many new friends from around the world. I have gained a huge appreciation for cultures outside of the United States. I would even consider living abroad after this experience. - Bryant University View Entire Review
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I loved Granada & will move back soon - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I earned my Bachelors degree in English, but this program and this country are the reason that I am currently working on my Masters in Spanish in order to become a foreign languages professor. - Texas Tech View Entire Review
Yes. I loved every bit of it. I met so many new people and had so much fun! Although Spain's culture was annoying at times-just because it's different-I can say that I truly did experience a different culture. One of the best decisions of my life. - Rice University View Entire Review
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To call it worthwhile would be a huge understatement. It was incredible--an amazing blessing! I learned how to truly appreciate people from different cultures and lifestyles, how to be flexible and open to change, how to communicate more effectively in Spanish, and how to make the most of my circumstances for good instead of c... - Grove City College View Entire Review
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My study abroad experience was definitly worthwhile. But it definitly is only as good as you make it. Go out, meet new people, try new things. Be open minded. and travel! It is SO easy to travel around europe over there. But don't feel that you have to be away every weekend and not spend enough time in Granada. - Hamilton College View Entire Review

About

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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1997
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community or technical college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

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