Spanish and Liberal Arts in Granada, Spain
Study Abroad in Granada
A Willamette University program, designed to support the Independent Liberal Arts Colleges Abroad (ILACA) Consortium. The ILACA Consortium members: Gonzaga University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound and Willamette University.
In Granada you will find yourself immersed in a city with a deep and interesting history, a modern flair, and old world beauty. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains Granada's jewel, the Alhambra, watches over the city. During the day you will dive into the Spanish and Granada culture through courses, museums, cultural events and interactions with your host family. Through the evening you will continue your cultural and language immersion as you chat with some of the many thousands of university students, relax in a café or tapas bar, or simply sleep and dream in Spanish.
The Granada program is available during the Fall and Spring semester. Courses are taken at the University of Granada's modern language center: El Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM). The CLM provides Spanish language courses to students from around the world, taught by experienced professors in a beautiful and traditional facility. Each semester begins with a comprehensive orientation program followed by a month long intensive Spanish language course (Intensivo). After the Intensivo students choose from a variety of topics courses depending on language ability. During the Spring semester program participants can also choose to take a Spanish Literature course from the visiting faculty member from one of the ILACA institutions.
Essential Academic Aspects
All students are required to take the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) during their semester in Granada. This exam is Spain's official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish language.
All students agree to speak the target language at all times while in Spain and accept that there is a direct correlation between the time dedicated to using Spanish and the fluency achieved.
An easy way to meet Spaniards and improve conversational and colloquial Spanish is to participate in an intercambio, a language exchange with a Spanish-speaking student learning English.
Casa de Porras
La Casa de Porras is a cultural center run by the University of Granada. Students can take exercise, sport, art, and culture workshops with Spaniards. Fees for the courses are partially subsidized by the program, there may be costs for materials.
Your Life in Granada
Students live with Spanish families or Señoras (host-mothers), usually within walking distance of the CLM. The ILACA students live in pairs with each family.
The CLM also offers various opportunities and activities for students including:
- A theater workshop
- Guided walking tours
- Regular musical recitals and flamenco shows
- Films in Spanish, French, English and the other languages taught at the CLM
- Sporting activities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming, soccer and basketball.
Contact your Study Abroad Advisor to find out specific cost information for your university. In most case, financial, grants, and loans can be applied to the cost of the program.
Semester program fees include:
- Course materials
- DELE exam costs
- Double occupancy homestay
- All meals
- Medical insurance
- On-site orientation and support
- Pre-departure support
- Visa courier fee
Airfare, visa costs, and personal expenses are not included.
All courses offered in Granada are recognized and approved for academic credit by member institutions of the Independent Liberal Arts Colleges Abroad (ILACA). Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your Study Abroad Advisor for more information.
How to Apply?
Contact your the study abroad office at your university:
(509) 313-3583 or 800-440-5391
Pacific Lutheran University
Wang Center for International Programs
Xavier Global House 181
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
If your university is not listed and you are interested in Willamette University's Granada Program please contact:
Dr. Kris Lou, Director, Willamette University
Applications for students outside the above mentioned schools are accepted on a rolling basis.
All withdrawals must be made in writing to Willamette University's Office of International Education at Willamette University. Applicants canceling fewer than 60 days prior to the arrival date (start date) of the program will forfeit $300 of the program fee as well as any unrecoverable costs. Cancellations made fewer than 30 days prior to the start of the program will forfeit $500 of the program fee as well as any unrecoverable costs. Unrecoverable costs can include partial payment of housing and meal costs (approx. $2000) depending on the date of withdrawal. No refunds will be made after the start date of the program.