Come to Granada! Past Review

By (Seattle University) - abroad from 09/01/2019 to 12/18/2019 with

IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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 go out as well. It was so worthwhile and changed my life!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Super safe city! Felt comfortable walking alone late at night!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I absolutely loved this program! It was extremely all inclusive, for lack of a better term, meaning that we went on frequent excursions and day trips included in the program, the classes were amazing, and the staff truly cared about each of us. The location in Granada was also amazing and it was the perfect place to live for a semester.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Granada is a super affordable city to live in! Just save as much as you can before you leave!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save, save, save! Costs will come up that you didn't anticipate and having some extra money saved will save you!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Third year in college Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice and don't be afraid to speak to locals and your host parents! They love to help!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The support
  • The classes
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • Prices for housing - pay less if you shared a room and more if you had your own room
  • Ability to take all your classes in Spanish if you are in the intermediate program - only people in the Advanced program to take all their classes in Spanish
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack for all the seasons and be prepared to have so much fun!!!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.