AIFS Study Abroad in Granada: Semester or Academic Year

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Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada, Spain. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required. Earn up to 15 credits with options:
-Spanish Language and Culture (taught in English)
-Spanish Language and Culture (taught in Spanish)
-Advanced Hispanic Studies
-Internship

Live in a student apartment, homestay or student residence, all with laundry facilities, internet and meal plan. Enjoy cultural and social activities such as visits to museums and cultural sites, tapas evening with Spanish students, hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevadas, Spanish cooking classes and more. AIFS includes trips to Gibraltar, Seville and Cordoba, and day trips to Ronda and the beach town of Nerja. Optional excursions include Morocco, and Madrid and Toledo.

Granada gives students the chance to be immersed in the Spanish language, culture, cuisine and tradition in a city renowned for its cultural heritage and fusion

Highlights
  • Flamenco Show
  • Hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Spanish Cuisine Tasting
  • Day trip to Nerja, Costa del Sol

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based on 26 reviews
  • Academics 8.2
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 9.2
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Otypoty
9/10

The best experience of my life

My time in Granada was easily the most amazing experience of my life. I loved all of the class trips to such places as La Alhambra and Generalife, el Albaicín, Sevilla, and Córdoba. Everything was entertaining, beautiful, and educational. In additions to these excursions, the everyday events were great, too. I loved being in a homestay because our señora cared about us so much and fed us an incredible amount of delicious food. In the city itself, everything was in walking distance and there was plenty to do and find just in exploring side streets. It was somewhat easy to get lost, but that was often part of the fun. The teachers at the Center of Modern Languages were helpful and there classes were enlightening. I got so much out of this trip, and I know I shall remember it all for years to come.

Yes, I recommend this program
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nbuffmire
10/10

Experience of a lifetime

My experience studying abroad in Granada was amazing. My day to day life was eventful and full of surprises around every corner. My average Monday I would walk to class in the morning, sometimes along the way stop at a cafe for breakfast with friends. After class I would return to my residencia (student dorms). I chose to live in the residencia because it allowed me to get to know Spanish students and immerse myself in the University social life in Granada. After lunch I would walk around Granada, visit the surrounding areas of the Alhambra and enjoy the lifestyle the city had to offer. Although I encountered difficulties in relation to language barriers, they made my day more interesting and constantly conquering new challenges. At the end of the day I would return home to eat and spend time with my friends, Spanish and American. It was an experience I will never forget. I enjoyed my time so much I am currently still living in Southern Spain.

Yes, I recommend this program
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COak
10/10

The best decision I've made in my life.

I studied in Granada in the spring of '08 and I still think about it all the time. It was more memorable than college. I was luckily enough to be in a group that treated each other like family. I have a number of friends from AIFS who will be friends for life.
Unlike most of the people in the program I stayed in the dorms. The dorms were really great. It was pretty small and there was a mix of American and Spanish students, which was great because you could practice your Spanish with the natives and learn from them. The few women who ran the dorm were the equivalent of a senora. Granada is a smaller city, but I think that is a plus. The city starts to feel like home and you get to know it very well. The city feels very young because of all the students, so the night life is great. Also the Spanish teachers were much better than the ones I have had in the US.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lizzy
10/10

Life-Changing Experience

In January 2009, I packed my bags and started my 5 month life-changing adventure. Through AIFS,you first spend a few days in London with the other members of your group and then all travel together to Granada, Spain. For the first few weeks, we took intensive Spanish courses (very helpful since I knew basically zero Spanish), and then started our normal courses. We never had class on Friday which made it easy to travel on the weekends. Also, I chose to live in a homestay which I highly, highly recommend.
Overall, studying abroad in Granada, Spain was probably the best decision of my life. I learned so much about myself, Spanish culture, the Spanish language,and had the opportunity to travel all over Europe. During my time in Granada through AIFS, I made some incredible friends from all over the United States. In fact, in December 2011, we had a reunion in New York, and this May we are reuniting once again in Las Vegas.
AIFS is a fantastic program. I highly recommend you study abroad with them! Now that I have graduated college and am working full-time, I regularly reflect back upon my time in Granada as the best experience of my life.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tara
9/10

A fabulous trip!

My experience in Granada with AIFS was simply perfect. The housing situation living in the student residence was a great mix of other AIFS students as well as Spanish college students. The women who worked at the residencia were pleasant and always helpful.

The AIFS staff in Granada treated all of us as if we were their own children. I could tell that they genuinely cared about our well-being and were always there to answer any questions or address concerns.

The Spanish program at the University of Granada was fun and challenging. I would have enjoyed having classes with other international students, but all of my classes were only with other American students studying abroad. Still, it was a great experience. I enjoyed the professors and the course content.

I must also point out that this program was FAR above the program that I chose the previous summer through CEA. Unlike the staff at CEA, I always knew that I could go to the AIFS staff with anything and they would help me. I also knew that I could talk with any of my roommates or fellow students. The students in Granada were not there just to party, unlike the students I encountered in Barcelona.

Overall, it was an awesome experience that I will always cherish! I would recommend an AIFS experience to anyone interested in studying abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Colbs11
9/10

An Experience You'll Want to Relive Again and Again

Imagine for a moment you're favorite vacation or Spring Break surrounded by friends - relaxing at the beach, taking a road trip, partying it up at Night with locals, or finding new and exciting places to learn about, eat at, or explore. My Semester in Granada through AIFS was that and more.

Sure during the weekdays I attended the University of Granada, taking all of my classes (Politics of Spain, Cultures of Latin America, Business, and Spanish writing and conversation) in Spanish and I Learned a lot about Spain through these classes, but there is so much more to learn outside the classroom on and AIFS trip. I got involved with the University water polo team which turned out to be a great way to get excercise, make local friends, and practice spanish. Our AIFS class also participated in intramural volleyball and soccer.

Weeknights were anxiously anticipated by our class because they brought with them the chance to go out for (free) tapas and a variety of great local atmospheres. We enjoyed the culinary intricacies of each plate, just as we did the micro cultures of the bars we ate them in. And after a few plates and many laughs we would inevitably head out to some of the great night attractions in the city. Be it a relaxing low key night at a tea restaurant or hookah lounge, or a lively night at one of the discoteccas, there is definitely plenty of opportunities to meet other young students and locals.

Of course weekends were also anxiously awaited as AIFS often planned exciting trips and activities for us to attend. We explored the city from every aspect, taking walking tours through the near by mountains and villages like Sacramonte, and through historic places like the breathtaking Alhambra. Of course we didn't just stay in town either. The program offered trip throughout the country (Madrid, Toledo, Seville, and Gibraltar to name a few)lead by professional guides, and always stopping to get a taste of the local foods. I never had to worry about planning out my travel, accommodations, or anything else on these trips, although we were given some free time to explore on our own if we desired.

That being said, I was able to also book a trip with friends I had made through the program to Lisbon and a road trip to other cities in Spain, as well as a meet up with friends from high school who were abroad in Vienna. Once you are in Europe, make the most of it and travel to other cities and countries!

My homestay was another great way to immerse myself in the Spanish culture. I only used Spanish to communicate with my Senora (house mom), which gave me great practice with the language. She also made me three meals a day of traditional spanish foods. I do have to say that the Spanish aren't known for eating breakfast, so I was glad to have a few bakeries and a dunkin doughnuts near by. And while lunches like paella and Spanish chorizo with eggs were to die for, some dinners were a little lacking as we often were just given a sandwich or some type of vegetable based ensalada. If you do plan to do a homestay, know that you are a temporary son or daughter to a Senora (and possibly her family) for a short period of time sou you must be respectful at all times. Also In Spain most people do not have air conditioning in their homes, dryers for laundry (which is washed hand dried and folded for you by your Senora), or guests over. But you can easily adapt to the changes after about two weeks.

From Bull fights to flamenco dancing, from local festivals, to historic tours of amazing places, I am so thankful to have found such a great program. I made some great friends, and unforgettable memories. I had an amazing adventure with AIFS Granada and would do it again in a heartbeat. The key to a great study abroad experience is to go with an open mind and not only be willing to do whatever comes your way, but to seize opportunities and seek them out. Don't let this opportunity with AIFS Granada pass you by.

Here is a short video of the places I went when abroad. Most of these pictures were taken on excursions planned with AIFS to cities in England, Spain, and Morocco. (The AIFS Study abroad counted towards my Rollins College INB Major) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNLjuNtlqiI

Also here is a blog I created while abroad with pictures and descriptions of places I went and things I did:
http://colbeast.wordpress.com/

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lngrabo
9/10

Time of my life

I studied abroad in Granada in the Summer of 2010 and to this day I still remember certain moments of that trip like it were last week. For example, walking to and from class with my roommate who I had not known before hand. The long morning and afternoon walks with my roommate brought us together as more than just roommates, as friends. My señora was a mother through and through she was so adoring, caring and thoughtful. Her paella was out-of-this-world!
I still keep in touch with most of the friends I made on that trip. The experiences we went through together, the places we went and the things we learned brought us all together more than I could ever imagine.
The teachers at the Universidad de Granada were motivating, patient and welcoming. Our program leaders were not just that, they were teachers, tour guides, counselors, nurses, and friends.

I'd do it all again in a heartbeat!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kbutton
10/10

BEST TRIP EVER

Seriously, our trip to Granada by far was the best experience of my life. Going to Granada through AIFS was the best decision I could have made when choosing a program. I met many friends from other programs there who were jealous of our program. AIFS provides housing, meals, tours, trips, and schooling all at a great cost. It's a great way to learn how to travel abroad or anywhere. It may be a little more costly than other programs, but it is because of the greatness and the amount of activities that we do that were already paid for so we didn't have to budget them into our personal monies. Many other programs were jealous of our planned already paid for trips to Madrid and to the beach for example. They even helped you plan your own trips and so much fun. They provided times where you could meet locals and practice your Spanish. It was great! They also were such a great help in the schooling. If you had any issues they helped you to make sure it was taken care of properly and in a timely matter. Overall I couldn't of been more happy with my host mom and family, schooling, roommate, and all our great trips we took around Europe! I even recommended it and 2 friends went the following year, a female who stayed with my host mom and a male who stayed with a different family!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bridget
10/10

Granada Spain Changed My Life!

This has been hands down, the greatest experience of my life so far. I would do it again in a heartbeat! The entire staff, in the US, London and Granada were so helpful and interested in your life and interests. Every day I would love getting up and seeing what the day would bring. Adjusting to the different meal times took some getting used to as well as the language barrier, though most people in Granada were helpful and patient. The Universidad de Granada was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. The classes were also very interesting. I loved walking to class (about 25 minutes from my residencia) and going to class. The one thing I did not like in Granada, and I got used to it really fast, was the heat! Be sure you're ready to sweat a lot if you go in the summer! As soon as I returned to the United States (and I was not ready to leave at all!) I started recommending this group to all of my friends.

Yes, I recommend this program
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mnowels
9/10

Such a great experience!

I think that the program was one of the best experiences that I have had! I loved walking all around Granada on my way to and from school. It was a long walk, but it's beautiful and fun to walk through the streets of such a lively place. I learned so much about culture and my language skills improved greatly! The AIFS staff was amazing and incredibly helpful. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to get an experience in Granada.

Yes, I recommend this program
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EmilyGranadaFall2011
10/10

AIFS Made Me Happy Every Step Of Those Marble Streets

I would always recommend AIFS because of the helpfulness of the staff and the planned excursions. AIFS took us there, showed us what we needed to see, kept us in nice hotel rooms, and kept us safe. This lovely group of people are great at what they do - they always have your back, AIFS is the program to choose.

Yes, I recommend this program

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