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IAGE Illinois in Spain: Spanish Studies in Granada
Granada, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Host Family
Non-Illinois Student Options:
Illinois-Chicago, Other, Wisconsin-Madison
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
Centro Granadi de Espanol (CEGRI)
Program Description:

Program Overview

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 among 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 ebb and flow between cultures and ideas that has defined Spain for generations. All of the courses offered on this program are pre-approved by the Spanish & Portuguese Department, making this program is an excellent fit for Spanish majors and minors. Available fall, spring, summer, and academic year terms.

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Program Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships *Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information


Academic Environment

Where You Will Live

The fusion of Eastern and Western cultures in Granada provides the city with a unique beauty. Granada is a very lively university town with over 60,000 students from all over Spain and a variety of other countries. In Southern Spain, at the foot of the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is known world-wide for the Alhambra Palaces, however, there is much more to see: the Palace of Charles V, St. Jerome's, The Royal Chapel, the Cathedral, the Chartreusse or the Madraza Palace (where one of the oldest Islamic universities on European soil once stood). Granada also boasts several famous international dance, music, flamenco, theater, jazz and tango festivals every year. The daily life in the old part of town takes place in small shops and bars, open-air markets and squares shaded by trees.

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Where You Will Study

The Centro Granadi de Español (CEGRI) is a private language institute that specializes in teaching Spanish language and culture classes to U.S. students. CEGRI is centrally located in a historic fully-restored 17th century noble's house. Granada's Town Hall, Cathedral, and mall, Plaza Nueva and Plaza Bib-Rambla as well as a choice of reasonably-priced restaurants and bars, are all at walking distance. 


CEGRI offers:

  • Unique courses related to the rich cultures of Spain and the region of Andalucía
  • Fully qualified instructors with daily office hours to address student academic concerns
  • Pre-approved language courses designed to help you earn Spanish credit at the University of Illinois
Course Title Term Offered Illinois Equivalent
 Readings in Hispanic Texts  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 200
 Practical Review of Spanish  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 204
 Practical Review of Spanish II  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 299
 Oral Spanish  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 208/299
 Spanish Composition  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 228
 Intro to Literary Analysis  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 250
 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics  FA/SP  SPAN 252
 Intro to Cultural Analysis  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 254
 The Sounds of Spanish  FA/SP  SPAN 303
 The Structure of Spanish  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 305
 Cultures of Spain  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 318/320/399
 Arab-Islamic Cultural Studies  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 399/NW Gen Ed
 History of Art in Spain  FA/SP/SU  SPAN 399/ARTH 300-level
 Spanish Law  SP  SPAN 395/399


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Class Size

CEGRI emphasizes personalized instruction; therefore, the average class size for culture courses is 12 and for language courses is 8. A small classroom environment provides ample opportunities for student interaction and quick learning.


This program is taught entirely in Spanish with the goal of providing full language immersion.


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 Córdoba (Note: these are subject to change based on conditions in Granada). There will also be dinners and small group activities organized by the program.

Service Learning/Experiential Opportunities

Service learning is an important part of our fall and spring semester programs. A majority of students in previous semesters have sought further integration into Spanish life by volunteering as assistants of conversation in Spanish/English bilingual elementary schools, shadowing a speech pathologist, or helping out in a local parish church with activities carried out for low-income families and children. Our on-site staff can advise you on finding volunteer positions in a variety of interest areas. Learn more here!

CEGRI also offers students the opportunity for intercambio with local University of Granada students.

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On-Site Support

This Illinois program has an on-site 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 your stay in Granada. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Illinois Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Nerea Muguerza
Nerea Muguerza is the Assistant Resident 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 in Spain, and with adjustments to living in a different cultural environment.

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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 directors are available for assistance whenever necessary.

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Application Process


To be eligible to participate in this program:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA 
  • Must have completed Spanish 141 (or the equivalent) prior to the start of the program
  • The only non-Illinois students that may apply to this program are students from University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Indiana University
Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

 The application requires:
  • Letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Passport photocopy
  • Host language essay (in Spanish)
  • Official transcript (eSCRIP)
  • Online questionnaires
Additional information and supplemental application requirements will follow once you are accepted to the program.
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Resources & Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
IAGE Advising and Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)

First Steps Info Sessions
Click here for the dates and times of
the First Steps Info Sessions.

Program Advisor
Clair Bryan

Location and Mailing Address
Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange

910 South Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/15/2017
Rolling Admission 05/23/2017 07/10/2017
Fall Semester 2017 04/15/2017
Rolling Admission 08/22/2017 12/11/2017
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/09/2018 05/07/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 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