Granada, Spain

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Thrive as a language learner in Granada, whether you are just beginning your study of Spanish or fine-tuning your colloquial language skills. The program in Granada offers five study options to meet the needs of all students. Cultures meet in Granada, and you will see, taste and hear living examples of an Arab civilization that flourished in southern Spain for centuries. Immerse yourself for a semester in another language. Live and study alongside Spanish students.

Travel to Morocco and discover cultural bonds that unite North Africa and southern Spain
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Play soccer (futbol)
    in a local league



Strong Academic Program

Choose from a variety of study tracks that match your interests and level of Spanish language proficiency:

All Central College students study at The University of Granada, one of the top universities in Spain, and/or the university’s Center for Modern Languages.

Intensive Language Preparation (required)

Tune up your Spanish skills with two weeks of intensive language study that builds confidence and proficiency. Local visits to historical and cultural sites in Granada help you to settle into your new surroundings. (Orientation to Spain, 2 credits)

Granada, Spain


Granada Seminar (required)

Gain insight into Spanish civilization and culture though study of history, society, sport, dance, cuisine and everyday life. Granada Seminar includes lectures and guided visits to places of interest in the city, followed by intentional reflection. Taught in Spanish. (1 credit)

Central students sitting on a bridge while studying abroad in Granada.

Academic Excursions

Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link Andalusian culture and history with coursework. Past excursions include:

  • Discover transnational bonds on a four-day excursion to Morocco
  • Compare Andalucían cities on guided visit to Seville or Cordoba
  • Visit to the Alhambra, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain
  • Taste Spanish culture in the form of wines and olive oil

Internships and Service-Learning

Get behind the scenes of Granadino organizations though a host of internship and service-learning opportunities. Two credits or more are awarded based on achievement of learning goals and self-reflection.

Depending on your area of interest and program chosen, you can choose internships with primary schools, secondary schools, TESL/TEFL, non-profit organizations and local businesses in a variety of fields.

Service-learning placements are open to all language levels and include soup kitchens, city hospital, clinics and kindergartens.

The Central Difference

Integrated Programming

Holistic programming integrates academics, personal journey and intercultural learning. Program excursions are linked to coursework to help students gain the most complete understanding of Andalucía possible. Classroom study and excursions, like the one to Morocco, help students to gain new perspectives and view the region beyond the confines of national borders.

Central students standing in front of a large fountain in Granada.

Learning Spanish with Local Students

Granada is a city best explored with locals—there’s so much to see and do. Luckily, you’ll be assigned to an intercambio, a Spanish student from the University of Granada who is partnered with a group of Central College students. In addition to improving your Spanish, your language partner will show you around the youth culture in Granada, which may include:

  • Hiking
  • Participating in sporting events
  • Visiting tea shops
  • Eating tapas
  • Getting lost in the city (in a good way)

Program Director

Granada, Spain director photo

Veronica Garcia Montero

Veronica Garcia Montero is fiercely passionate about the students she serves. She works tirelessly to help them authentically experience the city and country. That means encouraging them to push their personal boundaries and helping them reflect on their experiences abroad. Her genuine nature and global curiosity resonate with students who encounter cultural differences on a daily basis.

Veronica grew up in the southern province of Cadiz, where her family still lives. She has been resident director of the Granada program since 1999. Personally, she is interested in sustainable living and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, walking through Granada’s natural parks and swimming on the beaches of Cadiz.

  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Granada
  • Master of Arts in international cooperation and NGO from the University of Granada

The Morocco Exchange Program

Cross the Straits of Gibraltar in less than two hours.  Challenge your assumptions of Morocco and discover how much it shares in common with Spain.

  • Stay with a Moroccan host family
  • Exchange ideas with university students
  • Explore a developing country
  • Meet with women’s organizations, Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Scholars
  • Experience North African culture firsthand

Small Group Language Tutorials

Central’s program in Granada offers weekly tutorials to all students. In a low-stress environment, leveled groups of two to four students ask questions and receive support that complements their courses. Students report this is a difference-maker in learning the language in which they are living.

What to Expect

On-Site Orientation

Before diving into cultural and language immersion, students benefit from an extensive orientation program that concentrates on the basics of Spanish culture and life in Granada. Orientation includes language placement testing, preliminary advising and lessons that prepare students to make the most of their homestay experiences. This phase of the program seamlessly links to the two weeks of intensive language preparation.

Before and After Your Time Abroad

Central College offers a pre-departure and re-entry course for credit. The course is led by faculty and staff and is designed to meet student’s needs at the various stages of preparing for (Pre-departure) and reflecting on (Re-entry) their time abroad.

Housing and Meals

All students live with Spanish host families that are interested in sharing their home, language and culture.  Central’s staff in Granada careful review and select homestay families, and enjoy longstanding relationships with many of them. As a part of every semester, staff visits each family to help resolve minor issues that naturally arise when people live together for an extended time.

Dates and Fees

Fall 2017 dates*

Intensive Language program

  • Arrival: Sept. 9, 2017
  • Orientation begins: Sept. 10
  • Level tests: Sept. 22
  • Excursion to Morocco: Sept. 23–26
  • Break: Sept. 27–Oct. 1
  • Classes begin: Oct 2
  • Classes end: Dec. 20
  • Final date to vacate housing: Dec. 21

Language and Culture and Hispanic Studies programs

  • Arrival: Sept. 9, 2017
  • Orientation: Sept. 10
  • Level test: Sept. 22
  • Excursion to Morocco: Sept. 23–26
  • Break: Sept. 27–Oct. 1
  • Classes Begin: Oct. 2
  • Classes End: Dec. 20
  • Final date to vacate housing: Dec. 21

Spring 2017 dates*

Intensive Language program

  • Arrival: Jan. 7, 2017
  • Orientation begins: Jan. 8
  • Level tests: Jan. 20
  • Excursion to Morocco: Jan. 21–24
  • Classes Begin: Jan. 31
  • Spring Break: April 8–16
  • Classes End: May 18
  • Final date to vacate housing: May 19

Language & Culture, Hispanic Studies, Islamic Studies and Internship in Education programs

  • Arrival: Jan. 7, 2017
  • Orientation begins: Jan. 8
  • Level tests: Jan. 20
  • Excursion to Morocco: Jan. 21–24
  • Classes Begin: Feb. 1
  • Spring Break: April 8–16
  • Classes End: May 25
  • Final date to vacate housing: May 26

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 fees

Central College students pay the same tuition rate for each of the international programs that they pay on the Central campus, plus the price for accommodations. In addition, students who transfer to Central College from another college or university must complete one semester at Central prior to participating in Study Abroad.

See program pricing information for Central students or for visiting students.

Students gathered for a group photo following a game of intramural soccer.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed housing in homestay, including three meals a day
  • Computer/internet access at the Center for Modern Languages
  • Two-week orientation
  • An intercultural workshop, exclusively offered by Central College Abroad
  • Weekly phonetics and tutorial sessions
  • Language and culture exchange
  • Excursions and cultural events such as a four-day excursion to Morocco
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities (optional)
  • On-site resident director and support services
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure and re-entry course
  • Central College Abroad Student Survival Guide and Parent handbook
  • Supplemental travel insurance, including mental health coverage, emergency evacuation and more
  • International student ID card provided by INEXT
  • Transcript from Central College, a U.S. institution fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Learn More

Want to find out more about this program? Contact us to learn more about this program and other study abroad opportunities.