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The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills over the course of one semester.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


On-Site Orientation

On-Site Orientation

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

Reflection Sessions

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to high school graduates
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 21, 2021 - May 1, 2021 $12,445 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
Spring Jan 21, 2021 - Jun 1, 2021 $12,445 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

*All Early Start Fall and Academic Year programs will begin online for the intensive month. Early Start students will join the other API students on site for the remainder of the Fall semester on Sept 28th.

Academic Year students have two options for extending their spring study.

OPTION 1: Is a longer term (ending in late May), and carries an additional fee. The dates and fees listed below for the Academic Year (and Early Start Academic Year) programs are for Option 1. Contact the API office for more information.

OPTION 2: Is a shorter term (ending in late March), and carries a reduced fee. Contact the API office for more information.

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Granada programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Students participating in the fall semester will have an international excursion to Paris. Students participating in the spring will have an international excursion to Rome.

  • 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.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • 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.

  • Ronda & Gibraltar

    Excursion description coming soon!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-20 credits per semester

The Intensive Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills over the course of one semester. Each student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada.

The fall semester early start and academic year early start programs include an intensive month, in September, comprising 80 contact hours of Spanish language. The month of May is included for Spring extended program students, also comprising 80 contact hours of Spanish language.


  • OPTION 1: Most academic year students ultimately choose to complete one semester of the Intensive Language Program and one semester the Spanish Language and Culture program OR the Hispanic Studies Program. Students who elect for this option will have a different program end date than the spring Intensive Language Program students (consult the dates and fees page or your Program Manager). As classes are not scheduled in January, students are free to travel or return home for the holidays. Housing in Granada during this period is not included in the program cost.
  • OPTION 2: Academic year students may choose to pursue two consecutive terms of intensive language study. In this option, students would take the fall semester, and return with a 3-week intensive language program in January, followed by a winter/spring term through March. Though the program would end sooner than the regular spring semester, students would still earn the same amount of credit. Housing in Granada between the fall and January terms is not included in the program cost.


  • FALL
    • 460-505 CONTACT HOURS
    • 380-425 CONTACT HOURS
    • 480-500 CONTACT HOURS
    • 400-420 CONTACT HOURS


API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Granada upon completion of their program.

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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!

    Email - [email protected]

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    Carmen Chico (Curra) Mohedano

    Curra Mohedano will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Carmen Lopez Marquez

    Carmen Lopez Marquez will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.



Most API partner 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. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Intensive Spanish Language - 100 Level

Students at the beginning level are introduced to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. The goal is to teach students basic linguistic skills so that they can understand others and communicate in everyday situations.

A sampling of the topics studied at the beginning level may include (but are not limited to):


  • Agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Ser/estar/hay
  • Present tense
  • Gerund
  • Past tense
  • Positive commands
  • Comparative structures


  • Giving and asking basic information (personal, spatial, geographical, etc.)
  • Talking about characteristics
  • Describing
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Giving instructions and advice
  • Proposing activities
  • Communicating in a restaurant


  • General rules for social behavior in Spanish society
  • Perceptions of foreigners by Spanish people and vice versa
  • Everyday life (schedules, food)
  • Family: general characteristics
  • Geographic location and general characteristics of Spain
  • Introduction to flamenco and bullfighting
  • The democratic system (autonomous regions and monarchy)

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Intensive Spanish Language - 200 Level

Students at the intermediate level focus on understanding and communicating in general situations that demand an exchange of information. They will also learn how to talk about personal opinions related to familiar topics. A sampling of the topics studied at the intermediate level may include (but are not limited to):


  • Past tenses
  • Present subjunctive
  • Future
  • Conditional
  • Command forms
  • Impersonal “se”
  • Future perfect


  • Comparing people, places, situations, and customs
  • Talking about the past
  • Talking about the future
  • Organizing an informative written text
  • Reacting to news. Expressing certainty
  • Expressing probability


  • General features of the social behavior of Spaniards
  • The family as the pillar of life in Spain
  • Spanish youth
  • Dictatorship and democracy
  • Spain and the European Union
  • Spain and America
  • Spanish cultural stereotypes (bullfighting and flamenco)
  • Introduction to literature
  • Introduction to Spanish art
  • Introduction to Spanish film

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Intensive Spanish Language - 300 & 400 Level

Advanced level students are able to use and understand complex linguistic structures to communicate in a variety of situations that demand an exchange of information and opinions.

A sampling of the topics studied at the advanced level may include (but are not limited to):


  • Correlation of tenses with past tenses and conditional
  • Relative clauses with prepositions
  • Uses of the subjunctive
  • Past tenses: a general and interrelated perspective
  • Time correlation in referred discourse
  • Future for conjecture
  • Conditional for hypothetical situations


  • Expressing feelings
  • Giving and asking for advice
  • Establishing conditions
  • Formulating opinions
  • Expressing hypothesis
  • Making unrealistic comparisons
  • Referred discourse


  • Spanish/Andalusian culture
  • The autonomous communities of Spain
  • Islamic past and heritage
  • Bullfight: symbol, ritual and metaphor
  • Family structure in Spain
  • Flamenco and “duende”
  • Religion and folklore
  • Spain and the European Union
  • Spain and Latin America
  • Current situation of women in Spain
  • Spain today: ideological, political and cultural trends
  • Introduction to Spanish art
  • Introduction to Spanish literature
  • Introduction to Spanish film

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

  • Classes taught in Spanish
    • Immersive language program
      • International excursion

    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. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

    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.

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