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. Experience the constant ebb and flow between cultures and ideas that has defined Spain for generations. Spain's world-renowned poet Federico García Lorca describes his hometown as a place with plenty of time to relax and people who are honest, sensitive, and passionate. Admire Granada for yourself here!
All of the courses offered on this program are pre-approved by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, making this program an excellent fit for Spanish majors and minors. Students may also fulfill a Non-Western general education requirement on this program.
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in this program:
- Good Academic Standing
- Minimum 2.50 Cumulative GPA
- Completed SPAN 141 or the equivalent
Dates & 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.
Program Costs, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. For more information about financial aid and scholarships for study abroad, please click here.
CEGRÍ is a private language institute that specializes in teaching Spanish language and culture to students from the U.S. CEGRÍ 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. Through the town of Granada, CEGRÍ provides the strong socio-cultural background that is necessary for a full foreign language immersion experience.
- Unique courses related to the rich cultures of Spain and the region of Andalucía
- Small classroom environment to facilitate personalized, student interaction and quick learning
- Fully qualified instructors with daily office hours to address student academic concerns
- Pre-approved language courses designed to help you earn Spanish credit at your home institution
| Readings in Hispanic Texts
|| SPAN 200
| Practical Review of Spanish
|| SPAN 204
| Practical Review of Spanish II
|| SPAN 299
| Oral Spanish
|| SPAN 208/299
| Spanish Composition
|| SPAN 228
| Intro to Literary Analysis
|| SPAN 250
| Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
|| SPAN 252
| Intro to Cultural Analysis
|| SPAN 254
| The Sounds of Spanish
|| SPAN 303
| The Structure of Spanish
|| SPAN 305
| Cultures of Spain
|| SPAN 318/320/399
| Arab-Islamic Cultural Studies
|| SPAN 399/NW Gen Ed
| History of Art in Spain
|| SPAN 399/ARTH 300-level
| Spanish Law
|| SPAN 395/399
You will be living with a host family, granting you an opportunity to practice your language skills and connect with locals. Host families will provide a single bedroom and full-board. Students are responsible for contributing to the general order and cleanliness of the house. General utilities and sheets are included; students should bring towels. Laundry service twice a week is included. After filling out a housing application, you will be paired with a family based on your needs and preferences. They have all been through a screening process and many have hosted students in the past. The on-site staff are available for assistance whenever necessary.
This Illinois program has on-site resident directors whose purpose is to support you both within and outside of the classroom during your time abroad. As resident directors, Both Miguel Angel and Nerea will be available to students throughout the semester. They will meet you at the airport, facilitate an on-site orientation, advise on academic issues, help with adjustments to living in a different cultural environment, and assist you with the everyday aspects of the program.
You will participate in at least two full-group excursions during the semester, which are included in the program fees. Common excursions have been an overnight trip to the Alpujarras mountains and a day trip to Córdoba. These are subject to change based on conditions in Granada. There will also be dinners and small group activities organized by the program.
Experiential Education Opportunities:
Service-learning is an important part of the 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!
CEGRÍ also offers students the opportunity for intercambio with local University of Granada students.
Please click the “Apply Now” button (found at the top-right and bottom of this page) to apply. Upon completion of all application components, the "Submit Application" button will allow you to submit your application for review. When you click "Submit Application," you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee to your Illinois student account.
Step 1) Complete the IAGE application, which includes:
- Academic recommendation (completed online by an academic advisor, TA or professor)
- Personal statement
- Host language essay (in Spanish)
- Passport photocopy
- Official electronic transcript (eSCRIP)
- Online questionnaires
Additional information and supplemental application requirements will follow once you are accepted to the program.
Resources & Contact Information
First Steps Workshops:
Just getting started? Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Workshops.
Walk-In Advising Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
IAGE Advising and Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange
910 South Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Application Deadlines & Program Dates