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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I learned a huge amount of Spanish as well as cultural competency. I learned a lot about myself and what was important to me, and I became much more independent and confident. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to be fully independent. Living abroad certainly tested my maturity and budgeting, but I came out on top. - Amherst College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about myself, how I function living and traveling independently, learned a lot of spanish and cultural things you could only learn by living in Granada - Whitman College View Entire Review
In addition to a massive improvement in my Spanish, I gained incredible friends, a sense that I have a second home in Granada (in the city and with my host family), and an incredible exposure to new cultures, new people, and new perspectives. It was unquestionably worthwhile. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I made fantastic friends and improved my Spanish. In my opinion it was definitely worthwhile. - Miami University View Entire Review
Past Review Gracias Granada
I learned so much. I matured in innumerable ways. My Spanish skills skyrocketed, I became more independent, I am now comfortable in foreign countries and in uncomfortable situations. I think every person should study abroad if they have the chance. - Colorado College View Entire Review
It greatly helped my proficiency and it was definitely a worthwhile experience. - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
Studying abroad, while challenging at times was definitely worthwhile, and my favorite semester of my college experience. Take advantage of the opportunity if you can. Abroad gave me the opportunity to reflect on many of the aspects of my life and path that I take for granted while at school in the United States. The opportunity... - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile --I became more independent, flexible, and open-minded. I learned to embrace the Granadino philosophy of "no pasa nada." - Colorado College View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome
World knowledge. Better language skills. better people skills. totally worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review No Pasa Nada
I gained an innumerable amount of self-love and self-awareness, as well as many friends and experiences that I can never recreate in their entirety because they are so precious to my time here. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad
I grew to understand myself more while I was abroad. I feel more confident asking questions, don't hesitate to meet challenges head on, and feel a lot more expansive as a person since getting back. For these reasons, and countless more, the experience was 100% worthwhile. In retrospect, I see it as a necessary step in personal m... - Yale University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad
Past Review No Pasa Nada
I gained so many life lessons and learned so much about myself while I was abroad. I gained perspective and cultural awareness. Previous to traveling and living abroad, I always thought of Europeans or people overseas as "the other". I learned that they live very similar (if not better) lives than what we live in America. I trul... - Hope College View Entire Review
I gained a new confidence in myself and a vast knowledge about a timeless city. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
My goals when going abroad were to really improve my Spanish fluency and confidence. This is something I definitely accomplished, even if I wasn’t speaking Spanish with my program friends. I also wanted to learn more about the Spanish people and culture. There’s no doubt that I was able to learn a lot, but what I didn’t anticipa... - Scripps College View Entire Review
As someone who has been an international student for half of her life and so is pretty good at adapting to new environments and culture, I had less of a culture shock and homesickness than what is expected. That being said, Granada was different, new, exciting, and familiar by the end. You're in a way less-stressful environment ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My Spanish improved significantly, and I made lasting friendships. I also went out of my comfort zone, and am a lot more comfortable putting myself out there and speaking Spanish even though it's not always correct. - Scripps College View Entire Review
I learned a wide range of useful information, from simply learning how to navigate a foreign city to acquainting myself with the fine aspects of a culture. My language abilities improved a great deal, and moreover, my confidence with the language and locals certainly improved. I have a greater appreciation for different ways of ... - Hope College View Entire Review
My Spanish not only greatly improved but I also learned how to put myself out there and jump into those uncomfortable situations. 4 or 5 months is not long enough in Granada. I made connections with people that I know will last and we had some of the most amazing adventures together during our time abroad. - University of Washington View Entire Review
Past Review Granada
Overall, my four months in Granada were amazing, and now that I'm back in the US I really miss the city. Granada is a city that's full of complex history, amazing architecture, life in the streets, and its easily navigable by walking. IES abroad staff was good at orienting us to the new abroad life and was eager to make sure we ... - Pomona College View Entire Review
My time abroad gave me a great opportunity to really think about culture, the impact the US really has on so much of the world, how much privilege we have living here, and of course language. Through the experience, my Spanish improved a great deal, especially my confidence when speaking. I always knew I wanted to study abroad... - Macalester College View Entire Review
Past Review Granada 2016
My Spanish improved a lot. I also learned the value of a more relaxed style of living. It was definitely worthwhile. Now I feel like I have a second family in Granada, and I'm reevaluating what I want to do with my life. - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
Past Review Te Amo, Granada
IES Abroad Granada allowed me to become a more confident, worldly individual. Going abroad put me outside of my comfort zone, and I'm very grateful for that. In Granada, I became familiar with a new and beautiful culture, fell in love with art and architecture and dance, made some amazing new friends, and learned how to cook exc... - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I learned how to appreciate new cultures, whether it's my Spanish host family or my friend I met here from Missouri. I learned more Spanish than I ever have before or will again. IES is also not a vacation. I have a full academic courseload, with final exams and final projects/essays. I'll intege - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Being in Granada was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. I was able to improve my Spanish and study flamenco and had the opportunity to learn about Spanish architecture by visiting the Alhambra, walking in the Albayzín, and other historic sites throughout the city. I enjoyed the challenge of having to rely on ... - Scripps College 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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