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We invite you to spend your summer in Spain with API at the Universidad de Granada! This exciting program offers you the opportunity to advance your Spanish language skills and enroll in coursework focused on Spanish art, culture, history, literature and more!

Enroll in classes with students from around the world, improve your language skills, earn valuable academic credit, experience life in the city of free tapas and home to Spain's most visited tourist site, and explore all that beautiful Granada has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to intermediate, advanced, and superior-level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $5,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $10,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023
Summer 2 Jun, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $5,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Granada programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. On this day trip students will have the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most important art museums and enjoy the beautiful Madrid center to experience first hand this blend of modernity and history.

  • San José and Cabo de Gata

    Southeastern Andalusia boasts of some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches. Students explore the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, based in the town of San José. The park covers approximately 60 km of coastline, accompanied by cliffs of awesome grandeur. It has a wild, elemental feel and is far enough off the beaten track to seem positively deserted compared with most Andalusian beaches. It is a perfect place for hiking, sunbathing, picnicking, and relaxing.

  • Las Alpujarras

    This region of mountain villages lies on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountains (Europe’s second highest mountain range after the Alps) with breathtaking valleys and gorges that run down towards the Mediterranean coast. The villages of Capileira, Bubión, and Pampaneira, located at the Poqueira ravine, have a unique whitewashed North African style. The area allows the traveler to experience the natural beauty while hiking the many trails that connect the different villages.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. On this day trip students will have the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most important art museums and enjoy the beautiful Madrid center to experience first hand this blend of modernity and history.

  • San José and Cabo de Gata

    Southeastern Andalusia boasts of some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches. Students explore the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, based in the town of San José. The park covers approximately 60 km of coastline, accompanied by cliffs of awesome grandeur. It has a wild, elemental feel and is far enough off the beaten track to seem positively deserted compared with most Andalusian beaches. It is a perfect place for hiking, sunbathing, picnicking, and relaxing.

  • Las Alpujarras

    This region of mountain villages lies on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountains (Europe’s second highest mountain range after the Alps) with breathtaking valleys and gorges that run down towards the Mediterranean coast. The villages of Capileira, Bubión, and Pampaneira, located at the Poqueira ravine, have a unique whitewashed North African style. The area allows the traveler to experience the natural beauty while hiking the many trails that connect the different villages.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Málaga

    A city, seaport and holiday resort on the Mediterranean in Andalucia, Málaga is the heart of the Costa del Sol, a major tourist region. Birthplace of Picasso, the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Málaga is blessed with sunshine and fantastic quality of life. Málaga provides a lively atmosphere including more than 30 museums and exceptional seafood restaurants alongside wide boulevards, swaying palm trees and beautiful sandy beaches.

  • Granada Coast

    Granada’s coastal area has dozens of beaches and small coves with crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. These are the basic facts that sum up the 73 kilometers of tropical coastline in the province of Granada, which gets its name from the exceptionally good weather it enjoys all year round. Water sports such paddling, windsurf, kite surf, sailing can also be enjoyed on this trip!

  • Málaga

    A city, seaport and holiday resort on the Mediterranean in Andalucia, Málaga is the heart of the Costa del Sol, a major tourist region. Birthplace of Picasso, the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Málaga is blessed with sunshine and fantastic quality of life. Málaga provides a lively atmosphere including more than 30 museums and exceptional seafood restaurants alongside wide boulevards, swaying palm trees and beautiful sandy beaches.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. On this day trip students will have the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most important art museums and enjoy the beautiful Madrid center to experience first hand this blend of modernity and history.

  • Granada Coast

    Granada’s coastal area has dozens of beaches and small coves with crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. These are the basic facts that sum up the 73 kilometers of tropical coastline in the province of Granada, which gets its name from the exceptionally good weather it enjoys all year round. Water sports such paddling, windsurf, kite surf, sailing can also be enjoyed on this trip!

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 U.S. semester credits per session (up to 12 total)

This program has a joint focus on language and culture, allowing the student who wants to study abroad in Granada the opportunity to develop and improve their linguistic skills while enjoying an introduction to the major topics of Spanish culture. Classes are available in Spanish language, Spanish history, Spanish literature, history of Spanish art, Islamic culture, and more.

Students must take a placement test upon arrival to show that they have an Intermediate level (European Framework level B1.1) of Spanish (or above). Students who do not place high enough to participate in the Language and Culture program can switch to the Intensive Language Program. Generally speaking, if you have completed or placed out of 2 college-level Spanish courses, you should be entering at an intermediate level.

The elective classes that students may choose in this program are 300 level. A Spanish class may be chosen among those. Spanish courses are offered at three levels: Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior (European Framework Levels B1 – C2).

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the Universidad de Granada upon completion of the program.

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    Luz Cervantes

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    Carmen López Márquez

    Carmen López Márquez will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Carmen Chico (Curra) Mohedano

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students participating in the Spanish Language & Culture program in Granada enroll in 90 contact hours per session. In general, 90 contact hours is considered to be equivalent to 6 U.S. semester credits. Please note that as each U.S. university sets its own guidelines regarding how it accepts credit from abroad, so it is important that you discuss specific credit transfer policies with your home university.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15. Students will choose from 45 contact hour classes and 22.5 contact hour classes to fulfill the 90 contact hours. When picking classes, students may take four 22.5 contact hour classes, two 45 contact hour classes, or one 45 contact hour class and two 22.5 contact hour classes.

Courses at Universidad de Granada (Summer Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Universidad de Granada (Summer Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at Universidad de Granada (Summer Spanish Language and Culture Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Internships available (for credit)

API students in Granada may choose to live with a host family, Residencia, or in a shared apartment with other students. Internet access is available in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families typically share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day, laundry, and cleaning service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman, some of them with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who choose the shared apartment option generally live with other students. Shared apartments may be made up of API students, local and/or international students. Students benefit from having meals, laundry, and cleaning provided by the Spanish owner. Three meals per day are also provided with this option. On Sundays and during holidays, meals may not be served. Shared apartments may be run by dorms or families. In some cases, a family member may share the apartment. Some families spend a great deal of time with the students, while others may not join the students for meals or other activities.

Residencias offer students the opportunity to live with local Spanish, international students, and other API program participants. Residencias are not like American “dorms”, but rather, they are arranged more like traditional boarding houses. Students may share a room and a common bathroom. Everyone has access to the common living and TV areas, and internet access. Three meals/day are included in a common dining hall (at specified dining times), laundry service or facilities are available and regular cleaning provided. Mealtimes are set according to each residencia, and the meal schedule will be posted upon arrival. On Sundays and during holidays meals may not be served but students may use a small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, etc. Most of the Residencias are co-ed.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.

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