University of Granada



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

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.

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.


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





9.0 - 9.99



Very Good

8.5 - 8.99



Very Good

8 - 8.49



Very Good

7.5 - 7.99



Very Good

7 - 7.49




6.5 - 6.99




5.5 - 6.49




5 - 5.49




4.5 - 4.99




0 - 4.49


No presentado

Incomplete or Exam Not Taken



Assistencia Insuficiente

Insufficient Attendance (80% Required)

Not Applicable



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.


CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Ana Lopez Martos

Student Life Advisor
Granada, Spain
Ana is from Granada, and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation & Interpreting and a Master's Degree in Events Management from the University of Granada. She studied abroad in Rouen, France, and later she worked for a year as Spanish language assistant in Perpignan.
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Begoña Correa-Flores

Program Director
Granada, Spain
As the Director of CEA Granada, Begoña is responsible for the successful day-to-day management of the Granada program, including on-site student services, host institution and local vendor relations, program academics, participant health and safety, and student evaluations. She also identifies and implements opportunities for program improvements, makes development recommendations, and designs faculty-led and custom programs. She provides leadership to her team, as they support her in creating a superior student experience.
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Jorge Garay

Student Life Advisor
Granada, Spain
As Student Life Advisor, Jorge serves as the primary contact for students in Granada. He coordinates the student registration process and monitors students’ academic progress, helping them achieve higher language attainment through courses and internship placements. Jorge also executes students´ arrival and excursions, and addresses student questions or concerns.
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Cristina Serrano-Baixauli

Student Life Advisor
Granada, Spain

As Student Life Advisor, Cristina will provide support in the planning and coordination of housing, activities, and trips, including the coordination of volunteering and internship placements. She will also act as a liaison regarding other aspects of student services onsite. Cristina will use her experience and her love for meeting people from different cultures & travelling to provide students the most supportive, enriching & successful time in Granada.

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