IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad

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Many travelers who visit Granada insist it’s the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant student l... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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February 11, 2020 Come To Granada!
I learned how to enjoy life more and go with the flow while I was abroad. When you are abroad, especially in a place that doesn't speak your first language, you learn to laugh at yourself and try your best, because truly that is all you can do. Also, Granda has such a fun social scene so it was great to make time to have fun and... - Seattle University View Entire Review
February 02, 2020 Self Growth In Granada
I gained a sense of feeling comfortable outside of my normal comfort zone. I would do it all over again if given the chance. - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review
I learned how to live in another language and I stepped further outside my comfort zone than I ever had in the past. That's what study abroad is: the chance for you to push yourself and evolve into a better, more globally and culturally aware version of you. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
July 30, 2019 Excellent Program
My Spanish skills improved immensely and I gained a lot of cultural knowledge. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to take a chance and allow myself to fail or feel humility as learning a foreign language should never be about getting it perfect every single time but working through the small inconsistencies. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the importance of culture and family while abroad. The spaniards do a really nice job with making sure they are always there for each other and always make time to sit and chat with people. I think Americans, especially people from the northeastern part, are so focused on getting through their day and compl... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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January 15, 2019 Go To Granada
I learned a lot about the history of Spain from before the Catholic Kings and it was incredibly worthwhile. Most times when people talk about Spain it's almost like it's history begins with Isabel and Ferdinand, but I got to learn about what Spain and especially Granada was like before Catholicism. - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned more about myself and how I can make a difference in my small, midwestern bubble. We are so small in the grand scheme, and, more than not, we fail to remember that. I would do it all over again. - Hope College View Entire Review
I am much more confident in my conversational Spanish skills. I can talk about just as complex topics in Spanish as I can in English. I definitely gained a better sense of self and how I navigate the world with the multiplexity of my identity. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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August 10, 2018 Just The Beginning
I went on my first real hike! I got to learn a lot of history about Spain- especially, southern Spain. I saw historical sites, I ate delicious food, I had some of the best fresh orange juice I ever tasted in my life (#missingzumodenarajana), and I had some awesome conversations. I think one of my favorite things I did was being ... - Whitman College View Entire Review
I drastically improved my Spanish. The experience was definitely worthwhile given all the friendships and memories I made. It was the perfect combination of gaining new and exciting experiences while also learning a lot - Scripps College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more at ease with uncertainty and to embrace the ambiguity that is present in times of growth. I also gained a great deal of independence and confidence in the person I am and am growing into. My language skills also greatly improved and I learned to how to empathize with others better. This experience was mo... - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
Yes, absolutely - Whitman College View Entire Review
February 09, 2020 Best Semester
I was able to learn how to live in a new culture. - Macalester College View Entire Review
Studying abroad in Granada was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about language, art, communication, etc. Granada is full of so much exciting life, beauty, and culture, and the program really allows you to experience it all. I made incredible friends with whom I was able to travel and experience so many new things; the bo... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Everything about my experience in Granada was magical. From the compassionate center staff to the rigorous yet not overbearing course load, I couldn't have asked for a better program. A walk through Granada feels like a walk back in time to the Moorish days. There always seemed to be more to discover around every corner and the ... - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
July 30, 2019 Granada
I gained a friend in myself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
yes SO worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a greater understanding of what it is like to be a European in addition to the current social and political problems Spain is facing. Living with local students also gave me a greater understanding of what that is like and I was able to find just as many similarities as differences! - Northwestern University View Entire Review
I learned to be more confident in my language abilities and that it's okay to make mistakes. I found that having local friends, though unexpected, was the best part of my experience. And if you have any faith background that is present in the home country, it is a very profound experience to be part of that while abroad. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
Through my experience abroad, I learned about the rich religious history of Granada through classes like Islamic Civilizations in Spain and Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews. This was incredibly interesting to me and gave me new learning opportunities within my major. I also gained a stronger sense of independence and a new ... - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
I got to improve my Spanish language skills while also immersing myself into a culture unfamiliar to me. With this, I gained a lot of independence and confidence in myself. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
My semester in Granada was absolutely worthwhile. My tuition covered four incredible trips to other Andalucian cities with all of the other IES students and faculty, as well as an optional excursion (although I highly HIGHLY recommend going) to Morocco. Throughout my time in Granada, I stayed with a phenomenal host family and g... - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I gained so much confidence in myself throughout my time abroad. It was 100% worthwhile. - Macalester College View Entire Review
I became a bit more independent and confident with my language abilities and appreciated the efficiency of traveling and learning for myself. - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review

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Many travelers who visit Granada insist it’s the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant student life that will make meeting new friends even easier—Granada awaits!

Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program.

Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce you to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada. You can also add
international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship
placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Music
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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