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SAO Exchange: Spanish Studies in Granada
Granada, Spain (Exchange Program) (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, Michigan-Ann Arbor, 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 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.


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 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.


CEGRI offers:

  • 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

For a full listing of courses, please click GRANADA_COURSELIST.pdf

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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 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.

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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 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

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.

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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 director is available for assistance whenever necessary.

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Application Process


To be eligible to participate in this program:

  • 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 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. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.

Spring Semester Programs
Final Deadline: June 15

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

How to Apply
Please click the Create App 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 Create App and logging in.

 The Granada application requires:
  • Letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Host language essay (in Spanish)
  • Official transcript
  • 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

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
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 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
Spring Semester 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 02/15/2016 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