Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad 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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Norma
10/10

Go abroad with SOL Education Abroad! It'll change your life if you let it!

I learned a lot about the history, literature, and culture of Spain. The course I took was great because it was a small class and I felt I got the attention I needed to learn and be successful in practicing my Spanish. I learned to step out of my comfort-zone and not be afraid to trying new things/foods I'm not used to. I loved staying with a host family because they really made me feel at home. The food was great, my host mom was a great cook and often asked what my favorite foods were so she could prepare them more often. I was sad to leave my host family because I had gotten to know them really well. I still keep in touch with my host mom. I also REALLY LOVED all of the cultural activities. The Arab baths, and Flamenco show were my absolute favorite. Horse-back riding, the trip to the Spanish mountains, and the food tasting were also really great! When we had free time on the weekends, we planned trips to Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, and Malaga, all great and beautiful cities in Spain. The director in Spain, Herman, was great because he helped us book the hotels, get our bus tickets, and gave us advice on how to travel on our own. He was always willing to work around our schedules and you could tell he really loved his job. Lastly, the US staff and directors, were great in helping prepare me for the trip. They were always ready to answer questions if I had them or give me advice on what to pack, etc. They made the process of studying abroad really easy and manageable and I am so thankful to the SOL staff for that. SOL was also very affordable in comparison to lot of the other programs I considered. Overall, I had a great experience with SOL. It was worth every penny and I will recommend this program to anyone who is considering studying abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to know what the average amount of money needed for trips outside are the program cost. I know this is not a part of the program, but I am sure a lot of students would like this.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Niki
10/10

Sol Education Abroad in Granada, Spain

My experience in Granada, Spain with Sol Education Abroad greatly surpassed my expectations. In every possible way, this program and trip have completely changed my perceptions about what a study abroad experience could be. I stayed with the most friendly and helpful host mother, and the accommodations were generous to say the least. The people I have met have been from all over the US, augmenting my knowledge of those from other states and cementing long-lasting friendships. There is simply no city like Granada. It is safe, clean, and the city is overflowing with unmatched culture and history. I have never been to a city with so much to do at all times of the day and night, and I am from New York. The people are also exceedingly friendly and honest; I lost my very valuable camera in the park, and a stranger returned the camera to city hall. I have never seen such generosity and kindness from a complete stranger. Sol itself offered the most as a program compared to other programs I have seen. It offers limitless cultural trips, friendly and sincere advisors and directors, and a relatively affordable cost. I would recommend this program to anyone.

How can this program be improved?
There is honestly nothing that I would change. Perhaps I would have liked some of the teachers to have been more helpful, but I don't think that Sol has any connection with this issue.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Karli
10/10

Wonderful Experience in Granada!

I was extremely nervous going on this trip all alone, but as soon as I met the Sol program coordinators I felt at ease. They were friendly, helpful, and fun. I had issues with getting placed in the classes I needed for my credits to transfer to my university. German and the other coordinators worked with me everyday until the issues were solved.
Granada is a beautiful city, and Sol Education Abroad offers many weekly activities that allow you to explore all that the city has to offer. I enjoyed everything from city tours, to food tasting, and horseback riding; and the best part of all is that all of these activities are included in the program cost.
Sol offers a home-stay living situation. This is a wonderful way to experience the Spanish culture to its fullest. It is reassuring that all Sol participants are placed in a home with a roommate. This gives you some comfort, knowing that you will have someone by your side that is going through the same adjustments. The home-stay experience also helped to greatly improved my Spanish skills.
Overall, I was very pleased with my experience, and I would recommend Sol to anyone planning on studying abroad.

How can this program be improved?
One thing I wish this program offered, is more support and information before traveling abroad. The program is based out of Texas and I am from Michigan, so I did not have as much access to personal support. I was able to call and ask any questions, but there was no orientation where I could meet coordinators of the program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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D_Vas
9/10

Paella, Beaches, and Good Looking People? OH MY!

After a while I felt comfortable walking around the city. It didn't take very long because I push myself to explore this beautiful city. I had a roommate and at first I was not so sure about he situation, but who better to talk to than someone show as going through the exact same living situation you were? German was very supportive and responsive to my emails whenever I had a question or need clarification. I learned so much in class and will keep my notes forever. there is something to do every night in Granada, but Tuesdays are the best days. Take advantage and explore other cities and countries close by because let's be real..when's the next time you're going to have that opportunity!? Thank you so much SOL for the opportunity, so affordable and excursions for days!

How can this program be improved?
Informing students staying for over a months that the excursions included int he first months re not available to those same students in the second month. That hold have been communicated better, because all of us thought we paid for both months.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Angelita
9/10

Best decision I've made

I always knew that Study Abroad was a must for me. I'm so grateful that my school uses Sol as their Spanish abroad program because I truly believe it is one of the best out there. Whenever we talked to students from other programs it made me feel a little luckier. The program is cheaper than most, so maybe you don't get to travel to Rome for a weekend, but you do get to do so many important cultural activities right there in Spain, like food tasting, flamenco, Arabic baths, horseback riding, bike riding...you even get to go the movies.

My host family was amazing, especially my mom. She was a wonderful cook but really so much more. Helpful, loving, supportive, understanding. I don't know what I would've done without her.

In terms of the social life, it is harder to immerse yourself outside of the group of Americans, but not impossible. Intercambios can help a lot with this. I got lucky because my host brother took my roommate and I out so he showed us popular bars and clubs. If you want to be immersed and really meet/be surrounded by Spaniards, break away from that big group of Americans and go somewhere other than Paddy's and Chupiteria. You won't regret it.

How can this program be improved?
Being in school with almost all Americans surrounded me with way more English than I would have liked.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shelly
10/10

The best month of my life

I loved my time in Granada! Walking to school and seeing all the beautiful buildings, flowers, and even the graffiti was something I will never forget. I was timid at first staying with a host family, especially since my host mom didn't speak English and my Spanish was awful but Carmen was very patient and incredibly kind and I loved it! The cultural and excursions were amazing since they allowed me to learn a vast amount about Spanish history and culture as well as see and experience things I may not have known to do on my own. Our directors were very knowledgable, helpful, and personable and I love them! My classes were amazing as well; they seemed easy at first but I realized that I really was learning a lot and able to apply my studies in my daily life there. I also adored my teachers, they made learning fun and were very patient and good at explaining things. The nightlife was amazing also and I had do much fun going to discotecas and watching street shows. My only regret is that I didn't take advantage of the exchange programs to meet a student from Spain; I didn't make many Spanish friends. My biggest regret though is that I was only therefor one month! I miss it so much and can't wait to go back!

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to have more immersion with Spanish natives, maybe in classes or something like that.
Yes, I recommend this program

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