|Program Dates & Deadlines:||Click here to view|
|Language of Instruction:||Spanish||Language Requirement:||200-level|
|Housing:||Host Family||Non-Illinois Student Options:||Illinois-Chicago, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wisconsin-Madison|
|Illinois Sponsor:||Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)||Credit or Not for Credit:||For credit|
Students who choose to study in Granada choose to study the Spain of the past, present, and future. They live amongst and learn about the buildings, art, and people that are a product of hundreds of years of contact between the Romanis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians. They discuss in class and come across on the street the more recent languages, livelihoods, and dreams that are brought by West Africans, Latin Americans, and Eastern Europeans. They investigate and experience the constant give and take between cultures and ideas that has defined Spain for generations. Available summer, fall, spring, and academic year terms.
Resources & Contact Information
General Study Abroad Information
Where you will study
As a student in our Granada program, you will take courses at the Centro Granadi de Español (CEGRI), a private school specializing in teaching Spanish language and about Spanish cultures to US students.
- Language courses designed to help you earn a Spanish minor or major at the University of Illinois
- Courses related to the rich cultures of Spain and the region of Andalucia
- In the Spring semester, you can take a combination of classes offered at CEGRI and at the University of Granada. Founded in 1531, the University of Granada has become one of the major intellectual centers in Spain. Taking courses directly through the University of Granada allows you to:
- Totally immerse yourself in the local culture, giving you many opportunities to meet local Spanish-speaking students
- Take courses (taught in Spanish) in subjects such as Anthropology, Geography, History, Art History, Social Sciences, and Economics
For a full listing of courses, please click GRANADA_COURSELIST.pdf
CEGRI emphasizes personalized instruction; therefore, the average class size for culture courses is 12 and for language courses is 9.
This program is taught entirely in Spanish.
Experiential Learning/Volunteer Opportunities
You will participate in at least two full-group excursions during the semester. Common excursions have been an overnight trip to the Alpujarras (in the mountains) and a day trip to Cordoba (Note: these are subject to change based on conditions in Granada.) There will also be dinners and small group activities organized by the program.
Students can also get involved in the city teaching English to Spanish speakers and volunteering in the community.
Each Illinois Center has an onsite resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad.
Miguel Angel Galindo
Miguel Angel Galindo will be your Resident Director during you stay in Granada. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Illinois Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Nerea Muguerza is the Assistant Director and also earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Both Miguel Angel and Nerea will be available to students throughout the semester. They will assist you with the everyday aspects of the program, meet you at the airport, advise on academic issues, help with registration is Spain, and with adjustments to living in a different environment.
You will be living with a host family, granting you an opportunity to practice your language skills and connect with locals. After filling out your housing application, you will be paired with a family based on your needs and preferences. They have all been through a screening process and most have hosted students in the past. The on-site director is available for assistance whenever necessary.
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- 3.0+ GPA Preferred (2.5 GPA Required)
- Must have completed Spanish 141(or its equivalent) prior to the start of the program
- The only non-Illinois students that may apply to this program are students from University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Indianna University.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.
Final Deadline: June 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: February 15
How to Apply
The Granada, Spain application requires:
- Official transcript
- 1 letter of recommendation (must be from academic advisor, professor, or TA but does not need to be from a Spanish instructor
- Personal Essay/ Short Answer Questions
- Online questionnaires
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Resources & Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Spain Program Advisor
Location and Mailing Address
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
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Please review the program dates table below:
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2015||09/15/2014 **||Rolling Admission||01/13/2015||05/11/2015|
|Fall Semester||2015||02/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||08/25/2015||12/14/2015|
|Summer||2015||02/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||05/26/2015||07/13/2015|
|Academic Year||2015-2016||02/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed