Home to the beautiful Alhambra and close to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Granada provides a small town, yet cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Granada program is a Willamette University program, designed to support the Independent Liberal Arts Colleges Abroad (ILACA) Consortium: Gonzaga University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Portland, the University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands and Willamette University. A professor from one of the ILACA schools will teach a course during the spring semester. Excursions are planned by the onsite director and include local tours in Granada, traveling to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Córdoba, Sevilla and others. See the Granada ILACA website for more information. Minimum GPA required by host program: Based on WU approval.
Check out these videos of the Granada program!
- See yourself in Granada (quick visual overview of life in Granada!)
- Inside the ILACA Program (interviews with participants, program director and host family)
View the Granada interest session video for additional details about the 2022-2023 programs.
Courses are taken at the University of Granada’s modern language center: El Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM). Through its modern facilities and experienced professors the CLM provides Spanish language courses for visiting students from around the world. Each semester begins with a comprehensive orientation program followed by a month long intensive Spanish language course (Intensivo). After the Intensivo students will choose from a variety of topics courses depending on language ability. See the Granada ILACA website for more information. The language prerequisite for this program is Spanish 232 or equivalent - students must take a Spanish language course the semester prior to studying abroad.
Students may choose as one of the CLM electives to complete a 45-hour practical experience in a professional internship, service learning or volunteer experience. The Programa de Prácticas includes opportunities in business, education, health care and social service agencies. Placement options may vary depending on language level. For very serious students at the advanced language level, a 120-hour practical experience option is available (extra fees may apply). See the Granada ILACA website for more information about the Programa de Prácticas.
Students will live with host families or Señoras (host-mothers), usually within walking distance of the CLM. The students usually live pairs with a family.
The Granada program is available during the Fall and Spring semester. The fall program starts early September and ends mid-December, the spring semester starts at the beginning of January and concludes at the end of May.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. The program fee includes room and board, excursions, medical insurance, on-site support, and most course materials.