Sol Education Abroad: Study in Granada, Spain

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Sol Education Abroad, or SOL, is known for being the most personable program in Granada, Spain. With SOL, students take classes at the University of Granada prestigious Center for Modern Languages. The program directors at SOL assist you in taking advantage of all of the amazing activities Granada has to offer such as flamenco performances, cooking classes and exploring the incredible Alhambra Palace. SOL is recognized for its incredible host families and offers the most affordable priced Granada, Spain program around.

Highlights
  • Highly rated homestays
  • Included excursions and cultural activities
  • High-level academic advising and assistance
  • Attentive and dedicated onsite directors
  • Very personable and inclusive program

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Reviews

95%
based on 66 reviews
  • Academics 8
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Janis
10/10

Non-traditional perspective

After a career in music education, I enrolled in a local university as a Spanish student, knowing even before courses started that studying abroad was a priority. There are many huge programs out there, but the fact that SOL is Spanish-focused and has a program in the culturally rich city of Granada caught my attention immediately. The experience has been all I hoped for--challenging academics, amazing excursions with the program and on my own, and continual opportunities to grow linguistically. My homestay was a good fit--an apartment in a private home, great hosts, and wonderful traditional food. The city is extremely walkable, safe and filled with great sites and free cultural events. The Sierra Nevadas are always in view and you can be at the beach (Mediterranean) in 2 hours by bus. The staff and location are an unbeatable combination.

How can this program be improved?
I would not change anything and hope to return.
Yes, I recommend this program
James
10/10

The streets of Granada

Walking through the streets of Granada I often got a overwhelming feeling of gratitude. When I walk I always challenge myself to look up. That´s when I get that feeling. I feel small, yet so important. This city has become one of my favorites in the world. This semester I have overcome a lot and I have this city to thank. I have learned about myself by learning about the Spanish culture. Granada will always be another home for me.

Yes, I recommend this program
Brianna
9/10

Days in Spain

Before I studied abroad, I had so many expectations of what my experience would be like. Reflecting on the past four months, I realize that they are so different than what my actual experience was and that I have grown so much. There is this assumption about studying abroad that every day will be the best day you´ve ever had, filled with loads of fun, and you will be busy every second that you are there. But it´s a lot harder than that. There are days that you miss your family more than anything, days that you have serious ´´fomo´´ when you see all of your friends hanging out, and there are days that you don´t have a single thing to do. But there are also days that lead you to the most unimaginable places with friends that you share an impecable bond with. Maybe it´s on a beach at sunset, where you find a hidden cave that opens to the ocean, and your playing ¨Closer¨ on your miniture speaker, and dancing around with your friends. You´ll take a step back in the midst of it all, and be so overwhelmed with happiness that can never be equated with any other experience in your entire life. I have had some bad days, but I have also had the absolute best days of my life while studying here in Spain. I would give anything to go back to some of those moments.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lesly
10/10

Sol in 60 seconds

This experience was once in a life time I not only had the opportunity to learn a new language but got the opportunity to meet people from all over the US and even the world. It was honestly the adventure of a lifetime. I made memories that I will hold in my heart forever, and I made friends that I will never forget. I was introduced to a new culture which af the beginning was a culture shock but then became my life. I lived and learned like a Spaniard for 4 months as I visited 7 countries, 15 cities and made a million friends. I recommend not only Granada but the SOL program to anyone looking to study abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
Candi
8/10

The intercambio

One thing they really incourage here in Spain and in the University is going to intercambios. Which is, either having someone, like a local, to speak Spanish with or going to one of the local bars and just talking to people. One of the girls in my class organized one and invited all of the students in or class to go. I don´t usually find myself in the bar scene and i had never really hung out with any of these students before so i was reluctant at first, but i thought whats the harm in going? So i went and i actually had one of the best night in Granada that i had had so far. Moral of the story is go to things that you wouldnt normally do. You will probably have fun and it is a good memory to look back at.

Yes, I recommend this program
Colin
10/10

Avioneta

I came here not knowing what to expect. With one week left here in Granada, I now know that choosing to study here in Granada was one of the best decisions that I have ever made!! The family that I live with have treated me and my roommate like their own. I know that I will continue to stay in touch with the friends I have made. I hopnestly can´t put in words what I have experienced here, but I would strongly reccommend for anyone to studty here in Granada with SOL. As far as my directors, Edu, German, and Miguel are the best people for their positions. Each has their own unique strengths, but because of all of their leadership, knowledge, and enthusiasm, I have learned so much and have had the time of life. THANK YOU!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Raneen
9/10

Granada

Before leaving for Spain I spent days looking at pictures of the city and dreaming of what activites my days would be filled with upon arrivla. To say the least I was blown away. This tiny town has so much more to offer than just beautiful scences and cheap food and drinks. The history and the culture that has taken place here is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Every corner you turn down the narrow streets you can only help but wonder all of the amazing things that happened before our time. Like many others I chose this program because it was the only place that SOL offered in Spain, but I couldnt have been happier. Although I loved Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville I would not trade this town that I now can call home for anything. After a few weeks I knew my way around completely and was even able to give directions. After a few short month I was able to converse in almost an situation. I will always call this beautiful place home away from home. If you ever get a chance I highly recomend you consider Granada as your home away from home too. I promise you will not regret it.

How can this program be improved?
The staff on location was not always the most helpful and I am not sure if things got lost in translation, but sometimes the emails seemed very negative when you did get a response. Also there are a lot of very stirct rules that I felt like other programs didnt have that may have made my expierence a little better. Overall the city was amazing and I am incredibly happy with how that turned out. There is so much more to Granada than I ever thought and I have loved being in the center of so much history and culture.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Courtney
7/10

studying abroad with SOL

Overall, my experience abroad was fantastic. It wasn´t because of my classes or particular program, it was due to the friends I made and the memories we shared. I will never again be able to travel Europe as cheaply and with such ease as I am able to now. Honestly the classes were not important. Experiencing a new culture and practicing the language should be one´s goals when taking classes abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I think some of the students would be more comfortable living in a dorm style residence.
Yes, I recommend this program
Jerry
10/10

Sevilla

We went to sevilla with our program durring the end our stay in Spain and it was alot of fun. WE alked around the accient city and saw tha arab quarter and the small shoped that give the city its older feel. We saw almost all of the major things in sevilla and it was beautiful. Also afer words the hotel we stayed at was beautiful and very comfortable. The next day on the way home we went to Cordoba and saw that city too! It was great because we saw one of the biggest mosques in spain and it was breath taking. If You decide to travel abroad with SOL you wont be dissapointed because you will see many beautiful cities in Spain and have a wonderful experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Matt
9/10

Sol Granada Fall ´16

Everything while abroad went great. The only tough part was before - I didn´t know if I was on the right track while going through the procedure of enrolling. But everything on the program was great. Fun acitvities, good people, great place. Tapas are chill. Good culture. Wish there was more support for individual traveling by the program. I felt that at the beginning I wanted to travel on my own but didnt know how.

Yes, I recommend this program
Michelle
10/10

My time in Spain

I think my best memories here are with the friends I made here. It´s really fun just going around town during the day or at night and exploring the city. Just walking through the city is an adventure in itself. My best memories here are going out at night and meeting the locals and really getting to know the city and the people in an authentic way. You really have to get out of your comfort zone and be open to new experiences and people to really enjoy your time here.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly don´t think there´s much that could be improved in this program. I feel we had just enough program activitie so we had our own free time to do what we want and to travel europe during the week without missing any excursions.
Yes, I recommend this program
Mariana
10/10

Granada 2016

My study abroad experience has been by far one of the best things that has happen to me. I have learned so much about the culture, history and social life of Spain. In my stay I felt like I was part of the community. This program allowed me to see the world with a different perspective and mind set. The different activities the program offered allowed me to explore the country in a fun and creative way.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would like to see improve is adding more cities trips.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ciara
10/10

Grandeur of Granada

When one thinks of studying abroad, things such as the chance to travel, immerse oneself in a new culture, and make lifelong friendships and memories come to mind. While all of this is true, those things are only the typical golden highlights of it.
SOL did so much more than that when it came to making my study abroad experience the best that it could be! The program directors did a fantastic job pairing roommates, not to mention the family placements. Moving to a new country is difficult enough without adding in the stress of having a roommate you don't get along with. With SOL, they carefully read your preferences and personal interests and match you with another student similar to yourself. My roommate and I were practically twins! My host family was welcoming and eager to introduce us to the Spanish ways of life, I never felt like an intruder in their home. And luckily, my host mom loved the kitchen which meant I was never short of a fantastic meal!
Apart from housing, SOL facilitates entertaining and culturally enriching activities to highlight the different things that Granada has to offer. A few of my cultural activities included a flamenco class, a visit to the Alhambra, Arabic baths, and horseback riding. Among the excursions we took were Sevilla, Cordoba, and Nerja. I loved the opportunity to be exposed to these three cities of Spain that I otherwise may not have seen. They were places filled with as much history as they were beauty.
Overall, SOL was very organized and did a great job in preparing events that truly engaged us in the cultural aspects that were most important. The on-site directors were always friendly and made sure we knew that they were available for anything we may need. If I were to study abroad again, I wouldn't want to go with anyone but SOL!

How can this program be improved?
One thing I noticed wasn't what I expected it to be were the cultural activities. When I had read the brochure booklet before making a decision on what program to go abroad with, I specifically picked SOL because they advertised at least an activity each week - allowing good time for everyone in the program to get to know one another better. So I was surprised to find that we only did a handful for the semester. The other thing that I think would be beneficial to future students, especially those who can already speak Spanish, is a variance in class levels. I took the placement test and got placed at level 6 because of my grammar. I've grown up speaking the language, so level 6 was below my speaking level and all my classes were a bit easy for me. Except for grammar, in which there should have been a system to place me in a lower level. That was my first ever grammar class and I jumped in the middle to a class in which everyone had learned the basics long ago. It was a struggle and I had to work to not stay behind.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tanya
10/10

The Best Experience Ever

Not many have been blessed with the opportunity to travel abroad. I have been very fortunate to travel to El Salvador, Guatemala, and thanks to SOL education abroad, Spain. My traveling purposes to Central America were for personal and vacation reasons, so when before my study abroad experience in Spain, I was somewhat nervous because I had never traveled alone and never studied anywhere else but home. How hard will the classes be? Will the teachers be very strict? Will my host family like me? Will I make friends? These questions and more are the questions that worry students, but SOL and its wonderful directors helped so much with making us feel comfortable. I will never stop saying such wonderful things about Sol!

How can this program be improved?
I think the program could be improved by changing class times for students in the advanced Spanish classes. I know a lot of students had to rush home for lunch and then rush back to CLM for the 4:00 class.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Adrian
10/10

The Best Experience that I've ever had in my ENTIRE LIFE!

I studied abroad this past fall with Sol in Granada, Spain. It was my very first trip outside of the country and if I were to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing about it. I stayed with an amazing host family who welcomed my roommate (who is now one of my closest friends) and I as one of their very own children. Sol Education does an amazing job at everything they do from pairing students with great host families to helping students register for classes. It is also a very affordable program that has amazing locations, great schools, and very fun and educational excursions that I enjoyed so much!

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to go on more excursions out of the city.
Yes, I recommend this program

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