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.
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.
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)
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)
Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link Andalusian culture and history with coursework. Past excursions include:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intensive Language program
Language and Culture and Hispanic Studies programs
Intensive Language program
Language & Culture, Hispanic Studies, Islamic Studies and Internship in Education programs
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.