Many travellers who visit Granada insist it’s the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant student life that will make meeting new friends even easier—Granada awaits!

Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program.

Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce you to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Granada will also be your classroom. Explore the last capital of Moorish Spain: visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, and the Generalife, an impressive garden just nearby. When you’re not learning about the history of this fascinating city, enjoy tapas with new friends, visit the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains for a ski trip and observe Granada’s treasured Spanish-Muslim art.

We want you to feel at home in Granada, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Granada
  • City: Granada
  • Country: Spain
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (4-5 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: Intermediate Program: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish; Advanced Program: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 3 - December 19

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible— which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer a variety of courses that help you explore and better understand Spanish language, history, and culture, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors and course options at the prestigious Universidad de Granada enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Meet one of these professors, Hala Jadid al Kash, in this faculty spotlight interview. While in Granada, you take 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Craft your own academic experience according to the program in which you enroll by selecting from the following required and optional components:

Intermediate Program (2 semesters of college-level Spanish)

  • IES Abroad Spanish course (required, 6 credits)
  • IES Abroad English-taught area studies courses (9–12 credits)

Advanced Program (4 semesters of college-level Spanish)

  • IES Abroad Spanish course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (3–15 credits)
  • Universidad de Granada courses (3–6 credits)


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

  • AH 331 - Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact (Fall, Spring)
  • AH 335 - Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact (Fall, Spring)


  • AN 362 - The Spanish Experience of the Other (Fall, Spring)

Biological Sciences

  • BL/ES 325 - Mediterranean Ecosystems (Spring)

Business Administration

  • CM/BS 275 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)


  • CM 367 - The Role of Social and Mass media in Revolution and Change in the Arab World (Fall, Spring)
  • CM/BS 275 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)


  • EC 330 - Spain and the European Union (Fall)
  • EC 332 - Spain and the European Union (Spring)
  • EC 340 - The Challenges Of Regional Development And The Eu Response (Fall)

Environmental Studies

  • BL/ES 325 - Mediterranean Ecosystems (Spring)

Fine Arts

  • FA 218 - Watercolor Workshop: Landscape in Granada (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • WS/FS 321 - Images of Women in Mediterranean Film (Fall)


  • RL/HS 344 - Islamic Civilization in Spain and North Africa until 1492 (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS 372 - Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • IR 330 - The Arab World and the West (Fall, Spring)


  • LT 216 - Imagining Andalusia (Fall)
  • LT 359 - Lorca and the Andalusian Literary Tradition (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 360 - Contemporary Spanish Theatre (Spring)
  • WS/LT 362 - Women in Mediterranean Literature (Fall, Spring)


  • MS 361 - Flamenco: History and Dance (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO 331 - The Mediterranean Policy Of Spain And The European Union (Fall)


  • PS 360 - Cross Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)

Religious Studies

  • RL/HS 344 - Islamic Civilization in Spain and North Africa until 1492 (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS 372 - Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews (Fall, Spring)


  • SP 301 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 303 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad Level II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 352 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 353 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 401 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 403 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad II (Fall, Spring)

Women's Studies

  • WS/FS 321 - Images of Women in Mediterranean Film (Fall)
  • WS/LT 362 - Women in Mediterranean Literature (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s) About Universidad de Granada

The Universidad de Granada is the third largest university in Spain. It was founded by Charles V in the early 16th century and evolved from the Quaramic Madrasah, founded in 1349. It is a dynamic and forward-thinking institution, offering diverse opportunities that attract the highest number of exchange students from universities all over Europe. The new Campus de la Salud, created by the Andalusian government and the Universidad de Granada, brings together the private sector and university faculties for health care research. The university sponsors many programs, sports clubs, and cultural activities, such as concerts and film series. Courses All IES Abroad Granada students are registered as students of the Universidad de Granada. If you enroll in the advanced program, you are strongly encouraged to take at least one course there. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Courses are available in the following disciplines. To get an idea of what courses may be available, search courses by facultad (college) on the University's Facultades site.

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Language
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  • Add international experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Available Fields:

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Applied Economics
  • Cultural Management
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Social Services
  • Tourism


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Granada, it will feel like home.

Homestays – Live in a Spanish home and eat two meals a day with your hosts while your program is in session. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home.

Dorm houses – Dorm houses include 18 meals (Monday through Saturday), with no meals on Sundays and holidays. This housing option is suitable for independent-minded students with a high level of Spanish language, who are comfortable being proactive when meeting Spanish students and integrating into local student culture. Placements are limited.

Colegios Mayores – Each Colegio Mayor has its own unique social and academic environment. This housing option includes up to 18 meals per week in student cafeterias. It is ideal for outgoing students with a high level of Spanish language who want to integrate into local student culture, participate in Colegio activities, and are willing to abide by the rules and curfews of the Colegio. Placements are limited.

Student Life

Orientation The program begins with a mandatory 10-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Granada staff, your fellow students, and the city of Granada. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. The IES Abroad Granada Center staff organizes local museum tours around the city. In addition, you may spend two days in Malaga, take a 1-day trips to an Andalusian National Park, and a two-day field trip to Ronda and Seville. During this time, you will also receive intensive Spanish language instruction.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Granada through our cultural activities, such as:

  • Attending open mic nights with Spanish students
  • Reading La Gaceta -A monthly cultural IES Abroad publication
  • Participating in Andalusian cooking demonstrations
  • Attending Theatre performances

University Clubs & Events

The University of Granada sponsors many programs, sports clubs, and cultural activities, such as concerts and film series. All IES Granada students, even those who do not register for courses at the University, receive a Universidad de Granada student identity card. This entitles you not only to enroll in courses at the University, but also allows you to participate in university clubs and sports programs, and all other activities appropriate to your period of study in Spain.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for the Intermediate Program
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent for the Advanced Program
  • Enrolled in a Spanish course within the year prior to the program start date
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • Some local university courses may not be available to students of sophomore standing

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required to enter Spain. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in Spain, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $11,460
  • Housing: $3,210
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $14,900

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $20,615
  • Housing: $6,420
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $27,490

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Spanish
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