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Granada, overlooked by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a mixture of natural beauty and inviting climate, Moorish art and architecture, and cultural flare gleaned from its strong Gypsy heritage. The Moors dominated the area for centuries and their influence lives on in the lifestyles and architecture of the region. Granada hosts the Albaicín, one of Spain’s best preserved Arab settlements, the last Moorish neighborhood, and an area UNESCO declared a monument to humanity. Across from the Albaicín is the mesmerizing red-clay Alhambra palace, the greatest Moorish monument in Spain. Within the Alhambra are several palaces, numerous patios and halls, as well as parks, fountains, towers and gardens. Among the other attractions in Granada are the Capilla Real, the Hospital Real, the Basílica de San Juan de Dios, the Monasterio de San Jerónimo and the Caves of Sacromonte.

API students will study abroad at the Universidad de Granada. The Universidad de Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University’s Modern Language Center, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is housed in what was once an orphanage built in the 1700s. It was completely restored in 1992 and is located in the heart of Granada, in the “Realejo” district. The 1:10 ratio of students to general population renders the entire city abuzz with university activity. Strategically located near mountains and the ocean, there is always something for a student to do in and around Granada. API students who study abroad in Granada can live in and learn from one of the most culturally fascinating cities in all of Spain.

“This has been an amazing opportunity and would not have been possible without the API program. It fit right in my price range and offered so many extras that it was too good of a deal to pass up. I never felt overwhelmed with the application or preparation process. The on-site staff helped me to acclimate myself to the culture here. I would go as far as to say that my experience here was perfect thanks to API and I am so thankful for that."

Kayla K. University of Louisville
  • Discover More Small Spain Granada Reviews

    Cultural Activities

    • Walking tour of Granada
    • Flamenco dance class
    • Cooking lesson and tasting
    • Flamenco show
    • Ceramic tile painting
    • Scavenger hunt
  • Discover More Small Spain Granada Api Gives Back

    API Gives Back

    API students in Granada have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including assisting primary school teachers, leading English oral workshops, working with elderly, homeless, and differently-abled people, and reforestation and environmental projects.

  • Discover More Small Spain Granada To Do

    Things to Do

    Watch a flamenco performance in the Sacromonte cuevas

    Hike or ski in the mountains surrounding the city

    Explore the majestic Alhambra

    Enjoy the many arts and music festivals!

  • Discover More Small Spain Granada Food

    Food

    Tortilla Española (potato omelet-like dish)

    Gazpacho (cold soup)

    Tostada de Tomate

    Remojón Granaino

    Cazón en Adobo (fried fish)

    Free tapas throughout the city!

  • Discover More Small Spain Granada Festival

    Festivals & Holidays

    Granada International Festival of Music and Dance (June-July)

    Semana Santa (April)

    Día de la Cruz (May)

    Romería de San Cecilio (February)

    Ofrenda floral (September)

  • Discover More Small Spain Granada University

    University Highlights

    The Universidad de Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531, and throughout its nearly 500-year existence, it has served as one of the major intellectual centers in Spain.

On-Site Staff

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Carmen Lopez Marquez

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

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Carmen Chico (Curra) Mohedano

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