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I enjoyed the service-learning experience in the sense that I was immersed in the spanish culture and was forced to speak solely in spanish and with people from the Granada community. I believe that it has made me more confident in my speaking and translating skills.
– Nicole Hammerschlag Ortiz
Bradley University

academic program/courses

The Central College Abroad program in Granada is a Spanish language immersion program that allows for flexibility in coursework for both Spanish and non-Spanish majors. A typical course load is 14-18 credit hours. The academic program includes:


Program orientation course

The Intensive Spanish language course (a preparation course for the semester) is required during the two-week orientation period.

Credits earned for this language orientation will not be counted in the credit hour limits for the semester.

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Culture Course

This course is facilitated by the assistant director and serves as the foundation for your academic program, providing cultural and historical context. back to the top


Phonetics course

We also require that students enroll in a phonetics course to improve their Spanish listening and speaking skills. The following course meets on a weekly basis and is taught in Spanish by a local professor.

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Program tracks

The Granada program is designed so that students enroll in one of three programs at the Center for Modern Languages or choose the Islamic Studies track, an option for those with an interest in Arabic language and Islamic culture.

Students with near-native language skills may take up to two classes at the University of Granada with other Spanish students.

Please see our affiliate university information or Islamic Studies page to find out which program would best fit you.

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Service-learning and Internships

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit. Central College Abroad programs offer these experiences as a way to more fully immerse yourself in the language and culture.

Please see our section on internships and service-learning to learn about language requirements and placement options.

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