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SAO Exchange: Spanish Studies in Granada
Granada, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
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
Program Description:
- An Illinois Center for Global Learning and Engagement

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. See Granada for yourself here!

All of the courses offered on this program are pre-approved by the Spanish 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 Specific Information

General Study Abroad Information
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.

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, making it a great option for Spanish majors and minors.  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. At CEGRI there are four classrooms, a lecture hall and a library. There are also two computer labs with free wi-fi internet access and printing services for students.


CEGRI offers:

  • Pre-approved language courses designed to help you earn a Spanish minor or major at the University of Illinois
  • 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

For a full listing of courses, please see the Granada Course List.

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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 being full language immersion.

Excursions/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 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.

Students can also get involved in volunteering in the community.  Examples of past volunteer experiences include: helping as assistants of conversation in Spanish/English bilingual elementary schools, shadowing a speech pathologist (Speech & Hearing majors usually choose this option), or helping out in a local parish church with activities carried out for low income families and children.

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

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Onsite Support

This 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 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 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 onsite resident directors are available for assistance whenever necessary.

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Application Process


To be eligible to participate in this program:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred (2.5 GPA required)
  • 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 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. 

Spring Semester Programs
Final Deadline: September 15

Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Final Deadline: February 15

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 $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

 The Granada 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
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
Clair Bryan

Location and Mailing Address
Study Abroad Office

910 South Fifth Street
112 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
Spring Semester 2016 10/01/2015
Rolling Admission 01/12/2016 05/09/2016
Fall Semester 2016 02/15/2016
02/15/2016 08/23/2016 12/12/2016
Summer 2016 02/15/2016
02/15/2016 05/31/2016 07/18/2016
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/15/2016
02/15/2016 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2017 09/15/2016 09/15/2016 01/10/2017 05/08/2017
Summer 2017 02/15/2017 02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017 02/15/2017 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