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This program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Granada to begin or further their Spanish language studies in an immersive setting. Students study Spanish grammar and conversation. Students may earn 80-90 contact hours (5-6 semester credits) per summer term.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Granada programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Córdoba’s rich cultural legacy stretches back over 2,000 years. Once the capital of one of the Roman provinces, it was captured in 716 by the Muslims. At that time, it was one of the largest and most sophisticated cities in the world, with a population ranging between 250,000 and 500,000 inhabitants. Its unique mosque was constructed 1,100 years ago and has 1,000 columns. Other sites of interest include the Roman bridge over the Guadalquivir, the Plaza de la Corredera, and the Jewish barrio and synagogue.
The timeline is there to be followed in this fascinating city's profusion of burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, a Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. The first sighting of Antequera in the distance is that of a typical medieval town, with the spires of her many churches and the walls and towers of the great Moorish fortress silhouetted against the sky. It is well worth a hike at El Torcal Nature Area. The Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve is the most important, beautiful karstic phenomenon in Spain, and it is located near the city of Antequera.
Tucked into the hills above Nerja, Frigiliana is the quintessential Andalucian white-washed mountain village. With stunning views, cascading flower pots and cobbled streets, Frigiliana is one of those white villages that often –and rightfully– makes it to the 'The 10 most beautiful villages in Spain' lists. It is situated on the slopes of Sierra Almijara less than 4 miles from Nerja.
Nerja is an absolute treat for those who appreciate rugged coastlines and sandy coves. Its picturesque coastline harbours more than 10 kilometres of attractive beaches and inlets, the most famous being the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe). This stunning cliff face divides the beach below into two, with palm trees, al fresco cafés and restaurants, plenty of shops and bars and a bustling promenade hub.
A must in Nerja are its caves. Nerja Caves are a series of naturally formed caves and caverns, some of which have taken up to two million years to form. The caves contain the widest naturally-formed column in the world, at 32m high and 13x7m at its base.
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.
Granada’s coastal area has dozens of beaches and small coves with crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees. These are the basic facts that sum up the 73 kilometers of tropical coastline in the province of Granada, which gets its name from the exceptionally good weather it enjoys all year round. Water sports such paddling, windsurf, kite surf, sailing can also be enjoyed on this trip!
A city, seaport and holiday resort on the Mediterranean in Andalucia, Málaga is the heart of the Costa del Sol, a major tourist region. Birthplace of Picasso, the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Málaga is blessed with sunshine and fantastic quality of life, Málaga provides a lively atmosphere including more than 30 museums and exceptional seafood restaurants alongside wide boulevards, swaying palm trees and beautiful sandy beaches.
TOTAL CREDITS - 5-6 credits per session (up to 12 total)
This program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Granada to improve their Spanish language skills in an immersive setting. Students study Spanish grammar and conversation. Students may earn 80-90 contact hours (5-6 semester credits) per summer term.
An essentially communicative approach is used in these courses along with the use of the most up-to-date audiovisual technology. These courses are designed to suit the needs of all students. Each student’s level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada.
Students wishing to complete both summer terms have the option of taking the both Summer 1 and Summer 2, OR they may take the Summer 1 Intensive Language program session, and transitioning to the Summer 2 Spanish Language & Culture program session (provided they have a B1.1 level of Spanish).
Transcripts are issued by the Universidad de Granada upon completion of the program.
Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!
Curra Mohedano will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
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. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
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):
Language of Instruction: Spanish
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):
Language of Instruction: Spanish
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):
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.
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.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.