What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Granada:

  • 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)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


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.


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




  • 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

Session Available

  • Semester
    Summer (June and July sessions only)


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.


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


  • 3 meals per day (M-Sun)


  • 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

Session Available

  • Semester


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

Residence Hall

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.


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


  • 3 Meals per day (M-Sat)


  • 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

Session Available

  • Semester



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


    Independent Living


    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.








    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:

    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.

    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 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 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, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Cultural Engagement

    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.

    Other Opportunities

    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.

    What Our Student Said

    An Interesting Cultural Perspective
    Not only is Granada a smaller, centralized college town (you can walk everywhere!), it also provides a very interesting cultural perspective. Granada does not give you exposure to only Spanish culture, but also the Arabic culture that is so prominent in the city.

    Daina Olson
    University of Utah,
    Fall 2015, granada

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