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Granada, Spain

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From the majestic courtyards and mosaics of the Alhambra to the lush gardens of the Palacio del Generalife, Granada’s cultural, artistic, and historic heritage has been shaped by centuries of diverse influences. Today, Granada´s culture reflects its Christian, Arabic, Romani, and Jewish roots in a model of mutually respectful, multicultural living. Often described as a fairytale city, Granada offers one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, a contrasting mix of tradition and modernity, vibrant nightlife, and countless cultural and recreational activities. The city is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, just 44 miles from the warm waters of the Mediterranean. CEA's study abroad program in Granada integrates local resources and cross-cultural learning, helping you engage and immerse with the host culture while experiencing aspects of local life that most visitors to this welcoming city don’t see.

Programs to love in Granada

Programs to love in Granada

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Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

University of Granada

Spend a semester, a summer, or an academic year improving your Spanish proficiency and earning credit in a range of subject areas. Electives are taught in Spanish or English and are accessible to all language levels.

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  • Starting at $4,895
Study + Internship in Granada

Study + Internship in Granada

University of Granada

Earn academic credit while immersing into local culture and workplaces in this study + internship opportunity. The Study + Internship program in Granada allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such as social work, healthcare, tourism, and education, and more. The program incorporates a professional internship placement into your semester or summer term abroad.  Our strong academic focus and placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact, allow you to take care of those degree requirements and give your career a boost all while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking.

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  • Starting at $5,495
Arabic Cultural Studies in Granada

Arabic Cultural Studies in Granada

University of Granada

Delve into Granada’s Islamic legacy, established during 800 years of Muslim rule. Activities and excursions, including a trip to Morocco, bring lessons learned in class to life. Choose Spanish and Arabic language courses, as well a range of electives offered in English or Spanish.

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  • Starting at $10,995
Intensive Spanish Language

Intensive Spanish Language

University of Granada

Improve your Spanish proficiency in a short period of time at the University of Granada’s esteemed Centro de Lenguas Modernas. Courses are available for all levels of language learners in this summer or short-term program.

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  • Starting at $3,695
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Morocco

Seville

Ronda

Cordoba

Excursions allow you to explore outside your host city and are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. You’ll receive a calendar of the specific excursions offered during your program during orientation. Here are a few past experiences:

Morocco
Deepen your understanding of Granada’s Arabic legacy by exploring three northern Moroccan cities: Tangier, Tetouan, and Chefchaouen. You’ll take a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, where you’ll enjoy cous-cous at a women’s association, explore the souk (market) and old medina (old district), and ride camels. With a long, complex history, Tangier’s beauty and diverse culture has inspired artists and writers like Delacroix, Matisse, Jack Kerouac, Tennessee Williams, and Tangier native Mohamed Choukri. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the city also served as a global center for espionage and smuggling.

Next, you’ll tour Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Founded by Moorish exiles from Spain, this city boasts blue-rinsed houses and buildings, a tradition left over from the Jewish population that once called Chefchaouen home.

Finally, we’ll visit the Martil Valley. Set among a string of orchards with the stunning Rif Mountains in the distance, you’ll find that the city of Tetouan deserves its reputation as a visual treasure. With its rich culture and history, Tetouan’s medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features a mix of mosques, shops, tanneries, and houses, all painted white with green doors and windows.

Seville
Your visit to Seville starts at the Reales Alcazares, a palace built by Arabs in the 14th century. You’ll explore the Barrio de Santa Cruz, once a Jewish neighborhood, before touring Seville’s cathedral, the world’s third largest and (allegedly) the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Spend your free time relaxing at the Parque de Maria Luisa and the Plaza de España, one of the city’s most popular spots, with its fountains and mini-canals filled with rowboats. Take a stroll to the bank of the Gualdalquivir River to see the Tower of Gold and La Maestranza, one of the oldest bullrings in the world.

Ronda
Ronda is a pueblo blanco (whitewashed town) sitting on the Tajo de Ronda, a 500-foot-deep gorge that divides the town. Here you’ll find monuments from the Roman, Arab, and Christian periods, like the hammam (Arab baths built in the 13th century), the Puente Nuevo (a stunning bridge that connects the old and the new towns), and one of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful bullrings. Authors Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent time in Ronda and wrote about its beauty and traditions.

Cordoba
Cordoba was the capital of the Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages. Once Europe’s most populous city and the intellectual center of the Western world, Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived peacefully together in Cordoba, and many philosophers, scientists, and artists emerged from the city. An understanding of Cordoba's cultural background enriches your exploration of its monuments, like the world-famous mosque with a cathedral built in the middle, known for its breathtaking rows of arches and columns. Enjoy a walk through the maze-like streets of the old Jewish quarter, filled with balconies decorated with colorful flowers, whitewashed patios, artisans’ workshops, and a synagogue dating to 1315.

Alpujarras
Alpujarras, also known as the “Tibet of Europe,” was a place of refuge for Arabs who settled in this mountainous region after the 1492 Reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs. Here, they maintained their way of life for well over a hundred years, and their legacy can be seen in the mountain villages’ distinctive architecture and intricate irrigation system. Beautiful in their simplicity, the villages appear to descend from the hillsides facing the Mediterranean Sea.

Málaga
T
he Andalusian city of Málaga is the region’s major port. Three thousand years ago, Phoenicians landed in Málaga and transformed the harbor into a center for salting fish. Málaga's history is still visible in the Roman Theatre and the court of Isabella and Ferdinand in its great cathedral. Explore la Alcazaba, a Muslim fortress dating back to 1065, the Pablo Picasso museum (and 35 other museums spread around the city), and enjoy Málaga’s rich history.

Nerja
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots on the Costa del Sol, Nerja boasts enormous prehistoric caves and eight miles of sandy beaches. We’ll visit world-famous Burriana beach and enjoy paella at a popular beach restaurant or chiringuito. Nerja is also home to small coves below the impressive cliffs of Maro, long the inspiration of artists who have set up residence here. Enjoy stunning sea views, explore the 17th century El Salvador Church, constructed in a baroque-mudejar style, and visit the 16th century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Hermitage, decorated with paintings by Alonso Cano.

Madrid
Cosmopolitan Madrid combines modern infrastructures and its status as an economic center with centuries of cultural and artistic heritage. The city hosts renowned museums like the Prado, the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid is full of landmarks like the arcaded square Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Palacio de Comunicaciones, and Gran Vía street, as well as vibrant cultural activity and trendy shopping areas. You’ll even stumble across the unexpected in Madrid, such as the Egyptian Debod temple, located in an exclusive area of the city with amazing sunsets and incredible views of the Royal Quarter.

Take advantage of the unique flavor of Granada through a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, language exchanges or something entirely different, CEA Granada staff will help you get involved in the local culture.

The Alhambra
A palace, fortress, and citadel constructed in the 11th century, the Alhambra is Europe's largest Arab palace and Spain’s most visited tourist site. This artistic-historical monument is surrounded by a forest and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, forming a palatial city of six palaces and two tower-palaces. There’s nothing else like it in the world. The lush Generalife Gardens and the sound of the wind blowing through the trees and water insulate visitors from noise of the city below, creating an unforgettable experience.

Albaycín Tour
The Albaycín, Granada’s Arab quarter, is the site of the ancient city of Elvira. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Albaycín is lined with hundreds of narrow streets, churches, monasteries, and palaces. Here you’ll discover the remains of an Arab bath, Granada's archeological museum, the church of San Salvador, the great mosque, and stunning views of the Alhambra, Generalife and Sierra Nevada. The Albaycín is also home to many restaurants, including several streets whose eateries are inspired by North Africa.

Flamenco Show
Dating back to the 15th century, Flamenco is a music and dance that’s considered both art and a vital part of the Spanish culture. The Sacromonte, a Romani neighborhood, is home to caves that’ve been converted into zambras where flamenco is performed. Attend the show at the Zambra la Rocío, a well-known cave visited by the former King & Queen of Spain and, more recently, Michelle and Sasha Obama.

Visit to the Jewish Granada: El Realejo
The city’s name derives from a Jewish municipality called Garnata Al-Yahud, or “Granada of the Jewish,” before Catholic Monarchs arrived in 1492. You’ll learn about the city’s history, explore its beautiful areas and monuments, and get familiar with its museums and attractions.

Visit to the Sephardic Museum
The Sephardic Culture Museum illustrates the importance of the Sephardic (Spanish-Jewish) community in Granada and Spain. The Museum’s exhibits cover topics like the role of women in the Sephardic community and the Inquisition. You’ll learn about the culture, history, peoples, and traditions of the Jewish Spaniards in the times of Garnata al-Yahud (Granada of the Jewish) and learn about the most relevant figures in the life of this community.

Romani Granada: Sacromonte
The historical Romani neighborhood of Sacromonte sits atop catacomb-riddled Valparaiso hill. Spend an afternoon hiking to the top, where residents still live in caves carved into the mountain. We’ll visit the Romani Caves Museum to learn about the culture and history of this unique environment, including tours of caves that recreate the living conditions and traditions of inhabitants.

Flamenco Dancing Workshop
Andalucía is known as the birthplace of flamenco and Granada has contributed many prestigious singers, dances, and guitarists to the art form. You’ll have the chance to attend a dance workshop at one of most popular flamenco schools in Granada.

Belly Dancing Workshop
Belly dancing combines traditional elements of Arabic, Middle Eastern, and North African cultures. Learn the basics of belly dance technique, posturing, language, and execution in this fun workshop, led by one of Granada’s most well-known instructors.

Bullring Visit
Bullfights play an important role in traditional Spanish culture, and bullrings are often masterpieces of local architecture. During the visit to the Granada bullring, you’ll have the chance to feel like a torero as you tour the albero (arena).

Guided Visit to Science Park Museum
The interactive Parque de las Ciencias is the largest museum in Andalucía. Exhibitions cover a broad range of STEM and cultural topics; one of the most visited is the Al-Andalus Pavilion, which illustrates the historical and social link between Arabic and Mediterranean countries through artistic and cultural events.

Churros con Chocolate
Satisfy your sweet tooth with churros con chocolate, a traditional local treat. Churros, a doughnut-like fried pastry, are a popular food served with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate for dipping. No matter if its time for breakfast, a snack, or dinner, it’s always a good time for churros!

Carmen de los Mártires
Feed the ducks as you stroll through Carmen de los Martires, one of Granada’s most romantic gardens. Considered a paradise for the five senses, you’ll enjoy its rich greenery, fountains, statues, and exotic peacocks. Not only is Carmen de los Mártires a beautiful spot, it also has a rich history and offers amazing city views.

Huerta de San Vincente & García Lorca’s Park
Visit the summer residence of the world-famous poet Federico García Lorca. García Lorca wrote some of his most famous works at Huerta de San Vincente, including Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) and Yerma. Today, the gardens surrounding his home have been converted into Granada’s largest park.

Language Exchange Partners
Gatherings with Spanish students offer the ideal opportunity to connect with a local language exchange partner and practice your Spanish. Oh, and make new friends, too.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering abroad is a smart way to engage with your host culture and community. Immerse in the language and culture of Granada while helping others! You can volunteer as a teaching assistant in local schools, provide company to the elderly, engage in activities with deaf children, teach English to mental health patients, organize games for underprivileged children, and assist the homeless.

*Please note: If you intend to volunteer, intern, or participate in service learning with children, you must obtain a criminal background check prior to departure for your program. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information.

Sporting Opportunities

Join a multitude of sporting activities available through the university and the city of Granada for an additional small fee. You can bike, hike, swim, climb, ski, and play volleyball, soccer, and basketball, just to name a few. Sports Activity Centers provide access to pools, tennis courts, and organized activities like yoga, aerobics, and salsa dancing.

Career and Re-entry Workshop

Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

University Workshops

Every trimester, the University of Granada (UGR) offers more than 50 workshops for a small additional fee. Choose from options such as theater, Spanish cooking class, flamenco dancing, guitar, photography, sign language, puppetry, pottery, painting, short film making, basketry, and more.

University Cultural Activities

UGR offers free weekly cultural activities, such as cinema- forum, concerts, live theater, opera, lectures, reading club, and more.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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Granada Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer (June and July sessions only)

All CEA students studying in Granada have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the city center, these apartments cater to independent, do-it-yourself type students who are willing to accept more responsibilities as part of their personal growth. Cook scrumptious Andalusian meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new Spanish apartment a home.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in Granada: 10-25 minutes walking
  • University of Granada: 10-35 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 2-4 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen or kitchenette
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating or space heaters
  • Fans available
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Available:

Semester
Summer
Short-Term

Engage in Granada’s vibrant culture firsthand when you live either on your own or with roommates in a Spanish homestay. For the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving Spanish language skills and cultural understanding, homestays provide the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily lives of Spanish locals. Each homestay has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible living arrangements for each student. Additional fee applies for single homestay.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in Granada: 15-20 minutes walking
  • University of Granada: 15-35 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • 3 meals per day (M-Sun)

Roommates

  • 1-2 students per room
  • Usually 2 students and maximum 3 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washing service included
  • Central heating or space heaters
  • Fans available

Additional Fees

  • Semester (Single room only): $1,000 - $1,600
  • Summer/Short-Term (Single room only): $500 - $1,200
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Summer
Short-Term

If you wish to live among local student, the Residence Hall is a great option offering the independence of apartment-style accommodations with the services of an international Residence Hall (meal plan, cleaning service, laundry and ironing, Wi-Fi) The Residence Halls provide the typical Spanish Mediterranean diet and adjusts to students special needs such as vegetarians or food allergies. Situated in the historical city center which is the main shopping and recreational area, Residence Halls house mostly Spanish students as well as some international and North American students. If you crave a taste of university life abroad and wish to meet Spanish peers,, this housing option is a great fit for you. Additional Fee applies for single room.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in Granada: 5-10 minutes walking
  • University of Granada: 15-25 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • 3 Meals per day (M-Sat)

Roommates

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 5-10 students per apartment/suite
  • 20 65 students per Residence Hall

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washing Service Included
  • Central heating or space heaters
  • Fans available

Additional Fees

 

  • Semester (Single room only): $1,000 - $1,600
  • Summer/Short-Term (Single room only): $500 - $1,200
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    While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Granada housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

    Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

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    Institutions

    University of Granada
    University of Granada

    The University of Granada (UGR) was established in 1531; over the last five centuries, it’s grown into one of Spain’s largest universities. Its influence as a center of social and cultural importance continues to increase, making UGR a major intellectual focal point in the region. With a student population of 80,000, the university offers a complete range of courses and a variety of cultural, artistic, and sport activities.

    You’ll take classes at UGR’s Modern Language Center, Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM), established in 1992. It’s centrally located in the Realejo quarter, the former Jewish neighborhood, in the ancient Palace of Santa Cruz (16th century) and a charming modern palace called Huerta de los Ángeles. The Centro offers courses for international students and foreign language courses for Spaniards, with a total population of about 7,500 students.

    UGR hosts students from all over Spain and the world. Social and cultural activities sponsored by the university foster interaction between international and Spanish students.

    Accreditation

    The University of Granada is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

    Grading

    The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a Spanish grade by 10 to find its U.S. equivalent. Grading in Spain is usually more severe than at U.S. institutions, and you should be prepared to adapt to different methods of teaching. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

    Written and oral exercises, reading exercises, homework assignments, and attendance are taken into account when calculating the final grade, but greater weight is given to thoughtful classroom participation and performance on exams.

    The University of Granada has released the following chart to assist U.S. universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale:

    Spanish Verbal Grade

    US Verbal Equivalent

    Spanish Number Grade

    U.S. Letter Equivalent

    Sobresaliente Honor

    With Honors

    10

    A+

    Sobresaliente

    Excellent

    9.0 - 9.99

    A

    Notable

    Very Good

    8.5 - 8.99

    A-

    Notable

    Very Good

    8 - 8.49

    B+

    Notable

    Very Good

    7.5 - 7.99

    B

    Notable

    Very Good

    7 - 7.49

    B-

    Aprobado

    Adequate/Pass

    6.5 - 6.99

    C+

    Aprobado

    Adequate/Pass

    5.5 - 6.49

    C

    Aprobado

    Adequate/Pass

    5 - 5.49

    C-

    Suspenso

    Insufficient

    4.5 - 4.99

    D

    Suspenso

    Fail

    0 - 4.49

    F

    No presentado

    Incomplete or Exam Not Taken

    Incomplete

    N/A

    Assistencia Insuficiente

    Insufficient Attendance (80% Required)

    Not Applicable

    N/A

     

    Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and the University of Granada, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school.

    Classroom and Information

    • International faculty teach language courses and electives at the CLM.
    • Homework assignments, midterms, and final exams will be administered.
    • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. CLM requires a minimum 80% attendance.
    • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UGR’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
    • Class size ranges from 10 to 15 students for language courses and 10 to 40 students for electives.
    • You’ll attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Students at the high-advanced level of Spanish and above may enroll in up to two courses with Spaniards in other UGR schools.

    Amenities
    • Clubs & Organizations
    • Study Room
    • Counseling Services
    • University Library
    • Computer Lab
    • Printing Facilities
    • Student ID
    • Multi-Media
    • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
    • Tutoring
    • Language Learning Services
    • Language Exchange with Local Students
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Student Sports Teams
    • Cultural Engagement
    • Dining Facilities
    • Bookstore
    • Museum & Art Galleries
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