Spain: Granada

Program Snapshot
Semester: Fall, Spring, Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: late August to mid-December, Spring: early January to late May
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Language Component
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 202. Minimum of 2.5 GPA. Students must satisfy the Words and Numbers CORE requirement before participating in an overseas program.
Housing: Host families
Campus Contact: Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo
Professor of Hispanic Studies, 503-768-7425

Program Design

In cooperation with the Independent Liberal Arts Colleges Abroad (ILACA) consortium, this program provides an opportunity to study language and culture in Granada, Spain.

Courses are taken at the University of Granada’s modern language center: El Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM), or at the ILACA center. The CLM provides Spanish language courses to students from around the world, taught by experienced professors in a beautiful and traditional facility. Each semester begins with a comprehensive orientation program followed by a month long intensive Spanish language course (Intensivo). After the Intensivo students choose from a variety of topics courses depending on language ability. During the Spring semester program participants can also choose to take a Spanish Literature course from the visiting faculty member from one of the ILACA institutions.

In Granada students will find themselves immersed in a city with a deep and interesting history, a modern flair, and old world beauty. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains Granada’s jewel, the Alhambra, watches over the city. During the day students will dive into the Spanish and Granada culture through courses, museums, cultural events and interactions with host families. Through the evening students will continue their cultural and language immersion as they chat with some of the many thousands of university students, relax in a café or tapas bar, or simply sleep and dream in Spanish.

To learn more about the student experience in Granada, check out this video, created by Willamette University. For an overview of the program, take a look at the program brochure.


Requirements Fulfilled:

General Education - This program fulfills the Global Perspectives general education requirement for students who successfully complete 8 or more semester credits.

Minor Requirements - This program fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Hispanic Studies minor.

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed, but students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted.

Curriculum: Each semester begins with a month long intensive Spanish language course (Intensivo). After the Intensivo students will choose from a variety of topics courses depending on language ability. A professor from one of the ILACA schools will teach a course during the spring semester. Internship and service learning course options are available among the CLM offerings.

The fall semester begins in late August and concludes mid-December. The intensive month of Spanish language ends at the beginning of October and students then choose from the Topics Courses listed here. Students enroll in three mandatory courses and choose one Topics Course (students can choose up to two Topics Courses, but one is typical).

The spring semester begins in early January and concludes during late May. The intensive month of Spanish language ends at the beginning of February and students then choose from the Topics Courses listed below. Students enroll in three mandatory courses and choose one or two Topics Courses.

Spanish Language: All students agree to speak the target language at all times while in Spain, and accept that there is a direct correlation between the time dedicated to using Spanish and the fluency achieved. Students are required to take the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) during their semester in Granada. This exam is Spain’s official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish language.

Student Life

Housing: Students live with Spanish families or Señoras (host-mothers), usually within walking distance of the CLM. The ILACA students live in pairs with each family.

Cultural Activities: Every semester, the program offers various opportunities and activities for students including:

- A theater workshop
- Guided walking tours
- Regular musical recitals and flamenco shows
- Films in Spanish, French, English and the other languages taught at the CLM
- Sporting activities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming, soccer and basketball

Intercambios: An easy way to meet Spaniards and improve conversational and colloquial Spanish is to participate in an intercambio, a language exchange with a Spanish-speaking students learning English.

Practical Experience: Students may choose, as one of the CLM electives, to complete a 45-hour practical experience in a professional internship, service learning or volunteer experience. The Programa de Prácticas includes opportunities in business, education, health care and social service agencies. Placement options may vary depending on language level.

To hear from host families and students who have participated in this program, check out these videos: one from the University of Portland, and another from the University of Puget Sound.


2024-2025 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $40,962

Tuition: $32,197

Program Fee: $8,728

Health & Wellness Fee: $37**

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

**The Health & Wellness Fee supports the operations of Wellness Services staff in delivering pre-program orientation services, as well as in providing health-related consultation regarding participant health needs. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay a mandatory fee of $37 per semester.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to MAD): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Travel Document Fees: $160 - $190

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,906

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their pre-departure materials to ILACA.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Granada airport (GRX), or they fly into the Madrid airport (MAD) and take a bus to Granada. Upon arrival, students make their way directly to the homes of their host families.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Spain.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Spain page.

Granada, Spain