GRANADA: API – University of Granada
- Fall Semester - Late August or September to mid-December
- Spring Semester - Late January to mid-May
- Fall Semester - March 1
- Spring Semester - October 1
Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (email@example.com)
Designed for students who wish to acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish language and culture, the Hispanic Studies program allows students to take an advanced Spanish language course along with several elective courses in Spanish. Students must have completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test to verify that they are ready for classes at the high advanced or superior levels (European Framework levels B2.2, C1 and C2 respectively). Students testing below the high advanced level are transferred to the Language and Culture program and can choose from the courses listed for that program. Academic Year students who do not place high enough for the Hispanic Studies Program during the fall semester may switch to the Spanish Language and Culture Program for the fall and then move into the Hispanic Studies Program for the spring semester.
Students complete 4. Additional courses can be taken for an extra fee. Spring and year students have the option of taking 1-2 courses with Spaniards for an additional fee.
Students completing and passing the required courses for the entire academic year receive a Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos.
EARLY START OPTIONS
Students who want to refresh their Spanish skills before starting their classes can participate in the fall and academic year early start programs, which include an intensive month of study in September for an additional 80 contact hours of Spanish language instruction.
JANUARY COURSE OPTIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR STUDENTS
As classes are offered but not required in January, academic year students are free to travel or return home for the holidays. Housing in Granada during this period is not included in the program cost, although it can be arranged for an additional fee if students would like to stay. There is no additional charge for the optional January course itself as long as year students take no more than a total of 10 classes over both semesters.
Students participating in the January term may choose one of the following courses:
• Writers from Granada (3)
• Spanish Phonetics (3)
• Traditional and Popular Music in Spanish Society (3)
Spanish Language and Culture
This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their writing skills and knowledge of upper-level grammar, while also taking culture courses in addition to their language studies. The program offers culture classes in both English and in Spanish. Titles of courses conducted in Spanish are in blue.
All students take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival and are placed into the appropriate language level based on the results of this exam. Students who want to take classes in English still must have completed one semester of Spanish. In order to take electives taught in Spanish, students must place into the high intermediate or low advanced level. Usually students with 2-3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent place into the high intermediate level (European Framework level B1.2). Students with 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish usually place into the low advanced level (European Framework level B2.1). High advanced students (5 or more semesters of Spanish; European Framework level B2.2) are encouraged to apply for the Hispanic Studies program. Students who complete 10 courses as part of the academic year Spanish Language and Culture program (or who move to the Hispanic Studies program the second term) may earn a Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos.
Students may participate in the Hispanic Studies or Spanish Language and Culture tracks. On both tracks, students take four courses for a total of 16 NU credits.
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The University of Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University’s Modern Language Center, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is housed in what was once an orphanage built in the 1700s. It was completely restored in 1992 and is located in the heart of Granada, in the “Realejo” district. The 1:10 ratio of students to general population renders the entire city abuzz with university activity. Strategically located near mountains and the ocean, there is always something for a student to do in and around Granada. API students who study in Granada can live in and learn from one of the most culturally fascinating cities in all of Spain.
Hispanic Studies • Designed for high advanced and superior level Spanish speakers only Intensive • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level Spanish speakers Language and Culture • Designed for students with a high-beginning to low advanced level of Spanish proficiency. All API Granada tracks require a 2.75 GPA
- Online OISP application
- API Application Forms
- Official Transcript
- University Contact Information Form (available once API online application completed)
- Photocopy of Passport ID Page
- Letter of Recommendation
- Students must pay the $150 application fee (due upon submission of the application) and the $400 confirmation payment (due approximately 2 weeks after acceptance) directly to API. These payments will then be applied to the total cost of program lodging and insurance. These payments are necessary to guarantee your commitment and place on the program.
Fall 2013 or Spring 2014: $20,490
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($20,390), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.
API students in Granada may choose to live with a host family or in a shared apartment with other API students. Students who choose to live with families typically share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture, and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee. Students who choose the shared apartment option generally live with other API students and also benefit from having meals, laundry, and cleaning by the Spanish owner. 3 meals per day are also provided with this option. A family member may share the apartment. Some families spend a great deal of time with the students, while others may not join the students for meals or other activities. Residencias offer students the opportunity to live with local Spanish students and other API program participants. Residencias are not like American “dorms”, but rather, they are arranged more like traditional boarding houses. Students typically share a room and common bathroom. Everyone has access to the common living and TV areas, and some residencias have internet access. Three meals/day are included in a common dining hall (at specified dining times), laundry service or facilities are available and regular cleaning provided. Mealtimes are set according to each residencia, and the meal schedule and menu will be posted upon arrival. On Sundays and during holidays meals may not be served but students may use a small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, etc. Laundry service or facilities are available and regular cleaning is provided. Some Residencias are co-ed.
Granada, overlooked by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a mixture of natural beauty and inviting climate, Moorish art and architecture, and cultural flare gleaned from its strong Gypsy heritage. The Moors dominated the area for centuries and their influence lives on in the lifestyles and architecture of the region. Granada hosts the Albaicín, one of Spain’s best preserved Arab settlements, the last Moorish neighborhood, and an area UNESCO declared a monument to humanity. Across from the Albaicín is the mesmerizing red-clay Alhambra palace, the greatest Moorish monument in Spain. Within the Alhambra are several palaces, numerous patios and halls, as well as parks, fountains, towers and gardens. Among the other attractions in Granada are the Capilla Real, the Hospital Real, the Basílica de San Juan de Dios, the Monasterio de San Jerónimo and the Caves of Sacromonte. Come explore Granada with API!