The central learning outcome for the Granada Program is to develop competence in all communicative dimensions of Spanish language and intercultural engagement with cultural others. All aspects of the program are intentionally designed to support this development and to maximize the experiential learning potential of cultural immersion.
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.
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.
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).