Granada - Study in Granada


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.

Why Granada?

Many travelers 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!

What You'll Study

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 at 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 an academic seminar.

Daily Life

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.

Learn more about daily life in Granada from the 2018 Study abroad Film Festival Semi-Finalist Andie Ayala in her film, Soy Fanny.


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
  • Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact
  • The Spanish Experience of the Other
  • Health, Culture, and Global Society
  • Mediterranean Ecosystems
  • The Role of Social and Mass media in Revolution and Change in the Arab World
  • Special Topics: The Role of Media in Social and Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Management of Digital Identities and Technologies
  • Special Topics: Granada, the City of Arts and Urban Culture
  • Spain and the European Union
  • Spain and the International Economic Institutions
  • Mediterranean Ecosystems
  • Watercolor Workshop: Landscape in Granada
  • History of Spanish Cinema
  • Images of Women in Mediterranean Film
  • Health, Culture, and Global Society
  • Islamic Civilization in Spain and North Africa until 1492
  • Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews
  • Management of Digital Identities and Technologies
  • Internship Seminar
  • The Arab World and the West
  • Spain and the International Economic Institutions
  • Democracy, Populism and Public Opinion in the European Union
  • Lorca and the Andalusian Literary Tradition
  • Contemporary Spanish Theatre
  • Women in Mediterranean Literature
  • Flamenco: History and Dance
  • The Mediterranean Policy Of Spain And The European Union
  • Democracy, Populism and Public Opinion in the European Union
  • Special Topics: Democracy, Gender, and Multiculturalism
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Islamic Civilization in Spain and North Africa until 1492
  • Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews
  • Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad

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.


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.

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

Location and Commute Time

The UGR has seven campuses; the Central Campus, The Health Campus and the Campuses of Cartuja, Fuentenueva, and Aynadamar in Granada. There are two additional campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla. All local Granada campuses are 10-15 minutes walking from the IES Abroad Granada Center, except the Cartuja Campus (15 minutes away by bus).

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Granada, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. The one- and two-day trips are included in your program fee. Our breathtaking five-day trip to Morocco is partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Cabo de Gata

1-2 Days | Fall & Spring

Hike through this gorgeous national park, characterized by its volcanic rock formations and beaches


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit the Great Mosque of Córdoba, the House of Sepharad, and other local sites.

Seville and Ronda

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Visit the Cathedral, the Alcazares, and the historic quarter in Seville. Ronda is a quaint city perched above the cliffs with a breathtaking view of the Guadalerín River.

La Alpujarra

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and their unspoiled Medieval villages.


5 Days | Fall & Spring

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco. Travel to Tangier, Assilah, Rabat, the Rif Mountains, and Chefchaouen. While in Morocco, you will truly experience Moroccan culture by staying with local families and interacting with local university students and professors.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Granada is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


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. Local university students join as orientation leaders who will help you to better understand the culture and make you feel like a local.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

The IES Abroad Granada Center staff organizes local tours around the city. In addition, you spend two days in Málaga during orientation, take a one-day trip to an Andalusian National Park, and a two-day trip to Ronda and Seville. During this time, you also receive intensive Spanish language instruction.


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. With locations throughout Granada, homestays may offer single or double rooms. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home.

Dorm House – This small, family-run housing opportunity located in the heart of Granada includes 18 meals (Monday through Saturday), with no meals on Sundays and holidays. In the Dorm House, you’ll have a single room with a shared bathroom. This housing option is suitable for independent-minded students with a high level of the 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, as well as a deep sense of belonging. This single-sex housing option includes up to 18 meals per week and typically has rooms with single occupancy and a shared bath. It is ideal for outgoing students with a high level of the Spanish language who want to integrate into local student culture, participate in Colegio activities, and are willing to abide by the rules of the Colegio. Placements are limited.

Residence Hall - An independent Residence Hall in the heart of Granada which provides 17 meals per week, and it features common spaces and a basic gym. Placements are limited.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Reading La Agenda - the IES Granada activity blog with interesting suggestions to enjoy yourself like a local every week! Music, sports, exhibitions, movies...
  • Participating in workshops (cooking, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, leather, ceramics...)
  • Helping in local organizations: food bank, planting trees, teaching English...
  • Joining the local youth center and clubs
  • Attending open mic nights

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.


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $11,535 $3,230 $230 $14,995

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic year $20,750 $6,460 $455 $27,665

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

William E. & Mary M. Dwyer Need-Based Spanish Scholarship

Ranges up to $1,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are intended for students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

Kathleen Kervin Diamond Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

Kathleen Diamond is a consultant, entrepreneur, and business leader in the language services industry. In 1979, she founded Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE®), a full-service language company based in Washington, D.C. She is recognized as an early pioneer in Telephone Interpreting, launching LLE-LINK in the early 1990s. Over the next 20 years, under her leadership, the company grew into a dynamic, multimillion-dollar corporation, serving a wide range of clients, in both the private and public sectors, across the United States, and worldwide. In 2009, Ms.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Granada Center is ideally located in the heart of Granada on Plaza Nueva. It has a spectacular view of the Alhambra and is close to several schools of the Universidad de Granada. Features include:

  • High-speed Internet, printing, and scanning access
  • A beautiful terrace overlooking the city and Alhambra
  • Several classrooms, a student lounge, and a library
  • Traditional Andalusian patio and fountain
Last updated May 2020

About the School

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