Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

Available Sessions





1/7/20 - 5/22/20



Estimated Credits:

16 - 20


Apply by 10/15/19 Withdraw by 11/15/19


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • Transcript - Unofficial


High School Graduate
Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Improve your spoken and written Spanish while delving into intriguing subjects like art, economics, history, literature, media, music, political science, sociology, and more. During Semester and Academic year terms, elective course options increase in proportion to your language level. At the beginning to intermediate level, elective courses are all taught in English, while at the high-intermediate level and above, elective courses are all taught in Spanish. Summer courses are designed for students at the intermediate Spanish level and above. Regardless of language level, you'll enjoy choosing from a robust set of courses, taught in English and Spanish that build upon all that Granada has to offer, from history to art to culture. In addition, you can complete a ACTFL Official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the CEA office to prove your language ability, whether it be for future employers or to become a foreign language teacher.

Program Structure

Students at an advanced Spanish level or lower enroll in 2 Spanish language courses and 2-3 elective courses (taught in English and/or Spanish); students above advanced level enroll in 1 Spanish language course and 3-4 elective courses (taught in Spanish). Students at a superior proficiency level may enroll 1 integrated elective course with Spaniards.

Courses meet for a total of 45 contact hours/12-16 credits. Integrated courses meet for 60 contact hours/4 semester credits. You may earn 12-16 credits (up to 240 contact hours); if you choose the Early Start option, you may earn 16-21 credits (up to 320 contact hours).

Classes meet on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday; during the intensive language portion of the program, classes meet Monday-Friday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled on Fridays.

Early Start: The Early Start course runs for 4 weeks/80 contacts hours in Fall and 3 weeks/60 contact hours in Spring; it’s designed to help you adjust to the university setting and prepare you for your courses. If you participate in the Early Start course you may earn an additional 4-5 semester credits (up to 80 contact hours).

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses. You'll take a language placement exam after you arrive in Granada. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Spain. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Where You'll Study

The University of Granada (UGR) is well-known for its language school, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, a top destination for European exchange students. Established in 1531, UGR hosts more than 73,000 students each year at 28 schools spread around the city. UGR belongs to the Coimbra group of universities, composed of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe.

Where You'll Stay

When in Granada, live as the locals do! Choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Granada with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursionscultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Granada easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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