Trip Details


October 13 - 19, 2019

Deadline to Apply

May 15, 2019

Cost of $800 Covers:

  • Participant airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Cultural activities
  • Ground transportation

Program & Location Highlights


The city of Granada is well known for its beauty and unique historic, artistic, and cultural heritage, along with its impressive natural surroundings. 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, the highest mountain range in the Iberian Peninsula, just 44 miles from the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

The University of Granada (UGR) was established in 1531 by Emperor Charles V, and it is part of the Coimbra Group of Universities, which is composed of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. (The group includes Oxford, Bologna, and Cambridge among others). The University of Granada is the number one destination of European students through the Erasmus University Exchange Program.

The UGR is recognized internationally for its excellence in research in many fields. Its more than 400 research groups work in all areas of scientific knowledge, in collaboration with other national and international leaders in their fields, producing top research. The university hosts more than 73,000 students annually, 10,500 of which are international. UGR boasts distinguished alumni and faculty.

The Granada Health Technological Park (PTS Granada) is the first Spanish technology site specializing in Health and one of the very few in Europe. It covers an area of 625,000 m², housing its four main areas: Research, Teaching, Patient Care, and Business Development. The PTS represents a bridge between the past and the future, making Granada an example of a creative and open city, proud of its past and looking towards its future in a quest for progress.

In CEA Granada programs, students can choose from courses within a variety of subject areas, each of which takes advantage of the city and its valuable learning opportunities. Granada academics are taught either in English or Spanish, depending on the language level of the students.

Our programs at-a-glance are:

  • Spanish Language & Liberal Arts 
  • Internship in Granada 
  • Arabic Cultural Studies in Granada 
  • Intensive Spanish Language 
  • Faculty-led and Custom programs

CEA Granada proctors the ACTFL Official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Recognized as a valid and reliable means of assessing one’s oral proficiency of a language, the ACTFL OPI is a 20-30 minute one-on-one interview that students can have proctored at the CEA office, giving them a measure of language proficiency they can list on a résumé or other situations to prove their abilities.

Housing options include host families, shared apartments, residence halls, and independent living.


Spain’s capital and largest city has a sophisticated vibe evident in its world-class culinary culture, never-ending nightlife, and thriving art scene.

Madrid is home to a large number of public and private universities. Some of them are among the oldest in the world, and many are the most prestigious universities in Spain. CEA Madrid partners with two of these universities: Universidad Antonio de Nebrija & Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is a small university, with an annual student population of about 5,000. UAN prides itself in being "the smallest of the great Spanish universities." This highly ranked private university was founded in 1995 and named after the first grammarian of the Spanish language. In 1492, Nebrija presented the first-ever Spanish grammar book to Queen Isabel; today, teaching Spanish as a foreign language is a key activity, and the Center of Hispanic Studies at Nebrija is dedicated exclusively to Spanish language training.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 and has since grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain. This public university offers a range of courses to a culturally diverse population of more than 19,000 students. Over 3,400 international students participate in exchange programs through the university each year. UC3M´s philosophy is to create responsible, free-thinking people with a sensitivity to social problems and a commitment to progress based on freedom, justice and tolerance. The undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics are ranked first among those offered by public and private universities in Spain.

In the CEA Madrid Program, students can choose from a variety of subject areas, each of which takes advantage of the city and the unique and valuable learning opportunities it offers. Beyond the classroom, CEA organizes cultural activities that foster academic and personal growth abroad. Housing options include host families, shared apartments, and independent living.

Courses are offered in English & Spanish at both institutions.

Our programs at-a-glance are:

  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Liberal Arts & Business
  • Engineering & Social Sciences

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Unique Student Benefits in Granada & Madrid

Both Locations

  • Rich and varied academic offerings
  • Experienced and attentive staff who will assist students in academics, housing, and student affairs


  • Granada: The Alhambra & Generalife gardens, combined with the Arab neighborhood Albayzín, which have been declared World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. The city of Granada is also the first Spanish Speaking city in the World to be granted membership of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the Literature category 
  • Granada is the capital of free tapas. These tasty appetizer-sized eats are served everywhere with each drink, and the city offers many tapas routes
  • Mediterranean beaches are very close and easily accessible through public transportation. The coast of Granada gets more than 300 days of sun per year
  • The Sierra Nevada ski resort is just half an hour from Granada. A paradise for mountain sports, the resort offers over 62 miles of slopes and more sunny days per year than any other European ski destination. It is the perfect place to practice all winter sports, including beautiful routes for walking, hiking, and trekking
  • Granada is one of the main centers for flamenco in Spain, especially in the Romani district of Sacromonte, where the Roma settled in the 15th century. Many flamenco shows are performed in the zambras, or caves carved in the mountain, rendering the dance performances there unique to the city
  • Granada is very affordable and oriented towards its student population. There are multiple second hand shops, cafes with free Wi-Fi service, areas for spare time activities, free cultural activities, and many discounts for students.


  • Landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Opera House; the National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of national museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become symbolic of this dynamic city. 
  • Perfect location to study the Spanish language due to its pure Spanish  
  • Modern infrastructure preserving the historic neighborhoods and streets  
  • Big city but very manageable 
  • Best public transportation system in Europe 
  • Perfect starting point to tour Europe 
  • Largest hot spot for LGBT culture. Madrid has become a “Gateway of Diversity,” which led the city to be declared World Pride Capital in 2017 

Academic & Partner Institutions

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.

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

With an annual student population of about 5,000, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija prides itself on being "the smallest of the great Spanish universities." This highly ranked private university was founded in 1995 and named after the first grammarian of the Spanish language. In 1492, Nebrija presented the first-ever Spanish grammar book to Queen Isabel; today, teaching Spanish as a foreign language is a key activity, and the Center of Hispanic Studies at Nebrija is dedicated exclusively to Spanish language training.

In addition to Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, the university also offers a wide range of academic subjects taught in Spanish and English, such as art history, cultural studies, political science, and sociology. Courses are instructed by Antonio de Nebrija faculty through Centro de Estudios Hispánicos. Nebrija's small student population allows for personal attention and specialized studies.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Since its founding in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain.  The public university offers a range of courses to a culturally diverse population of more than ­­­­­­19,000 students.  More than 3400 international students participate in exchange programs through the university each year.

You will have the opportunity to take courses from two different campus locations.  Each campus is about 15-25 minutes train ride from Puerta del Sol in Madrid.  There are also buses that run between the campuses.  The Getafe campus is where students take their Social Science and language classes while the Leganés campus is where students take their Engineering, Science, and Math courses.

You will have access to the same university facilities and will be able to take courses in English with local Spanish students, allowing you to fully appreciate UC3M student life. By sharing the campus with local and other international students you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with your peers.

Granada Staff

Begoña Correa-Flores

Program Director
Granada & Madrid, 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 & Madrid, 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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Madrid Staff

Silvia Martínez

Program Director
Granada & Madrid, Spain
Silvia Martínez ensures that all CEA standards are maintained in Madrid. Silvia oversees all educational programs, including short- and long-term program planning, products, and services, and maintains the financial plan for Madrid. She also manages student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program improvements, and staff.
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Álvaro J. Sanjuán

Student Services Advisor 
Granada & Madrid, Spain

Álvaro J. Sanjuán studied English Literature, History and Linguistics at University of Oviedo (Spain) and continued his studies on Applied Languages at Dublin City University (Ireland). After being an Art History professor in UNIPEC in Burgos (Spain) he worked as Web Manager and Community Manager until he began to collaborate for several years as a tour guide with CEA Madrid where, eventually, he became Student Services Coordinator. He loves arts, history, opera and classical music and also running and outdoor sports.

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Familiarization Trip Nomination

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Sample Itinerary




Welcome Dinner



City tour

Tour Facilities, Meet CEA Staff



Tour Student Housing

Meet with Current Students, Observe Courses



Visit Partner University

Meet with Faculty and participate in Academic Field Trip



Activity with Students

Cultural Site Visit



Final Day

Depart for U.S.


Competence and Efficiency
Working with CEA has been a pleasure for students, faculty, and administrators at Illinois State University. All logistic and programmatic matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, are handled by CEA staff with efficiency, competence, and friendliness. We couldn’t be happier and greatly appreciate CEA’s superb service.

Rachel L. Shively , Associate Professor of Spanish & Applied Linguistics
Illinois State University

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