Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Fall or Spring Semester Program One of PLU’s Featured Programs, run by Willamette University in support of the Independent Liberal Arts Colleges Abroad (ILACA) Consortium: Gonzaga University, PLU, Seattle University, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University.

In Granada you will find yourself 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 you will dive into the Spanish and Granada culture through courses, museums, cultural events and interactions with your host family. Through the evening you will continue your cultural and language immersion as you chat with some of the many thousands of university students, relax in a café or tapas bar, or simply sleep and dream in Spanish.

Focus

The Granada program is available during the Fall and Spring semester. Courses are taken at the University of Granada’s modern language center: El Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM). 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. See below for course details.

Academic Features

 The DELE
All 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.

Language Agreement
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.

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 student learning English.

Casa de Porras
La Casa de Porras is a cultural center run by the University of Granada. Students can take exercise, sport, art, and culture workshops with Spaniards. Fees for the courses are partially subsidized by the program, there may be costs for materials.

Internship or Service Learning
The CLM offers Internship and Service Learning opportunities, depending on language level.

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish. Review the PLU Course Equivalency Guide to see the established PLU credit for these courses.

 

2017-2018 Course lists: Advanced and Upper Intermediate

Syllabi – Advanced
Syllabi – Upper-Intermediate

Fall

(September – December)

Earn up to 8 credits toward a HISP Major or Minor

Required Courses
Language Intensive
Development of Spanish Cultures
Speaking & Writing Skills

Electives
Students are placed in either the Advanced or Upper-Intermediate language level. Students select courses based on that language level.

Upper-Intermediate
Students who place Upper-Intermediate will continue with grammar and will therefore take one or two of the content courses at the CLM.

Introducción al español de los negocios
Literatura española (hasta S.XVIII)
Literatura española (S.XIX-S.XX)
Geografía de España
Historia de España
Historia del Arte en España
Civilización y cultura españolas
Cultura islámica en España
Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
Sistema político en España y en la Unión Europea
Canción tradicional y sociedad española: flamenco, folclor y canción sefardí
Economía Española y Latinoamericana
Service Learning

Advanced
Students who place Advanced take two or three of the content courses at the CLM.

Traducción inglés-español I
Español de negocios
Didáctica del español como lengua extranjera
Introducción a la lingüística
Literatura española (Renacimiento y Barroco)
Literatura española (Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo)
Literatura española (Siglo XX)
Literatura hispanoamericana
La imagen de la mujer en la literatura española (S. XVIII-S.XXI)
Historia de España (Edad moderna)
Historia de España (Desde Franco hasta la actualidad)
Geografía general de España
Arte español (Renacimiento – Barroco)
Arte español contemporáneo
Historia del cine español
Política y gobierno en España
Sistema político de la Unión Europea
Economía y negocios en España y América Latina
Civilización y cultura españolas
Civilización y cultura hispanoamericana
Cultura islámica en España
Historia de la música española
Historia del flamenco (recommended for music theory majors only)
El legado del Al-Andalus
Internship

Spring

(January – May)

Earn up to 12 credits toward a HISP Major or Minor

Required Courses
Language Intensive
Development of Spanish Cultures
Speaking & Writing Skills

Electives
Students are placed in either the Advanced or Upper-Intermediate language level. Students select courses based on that language level. Regardless of language level, the Spring program offers a literature course taught by a professor from one of the ILACA universities. This course provides PLU students with either HISP 325 or HISP 433 credit. Also, the professor provides cultural immersion activities throughout the semester for all students in the program.

Upper-Intermediate
Students who place Upper-Intermediate will continue with grammar and will therefore take one or two of the content courses at the CLM.

Introduction to Literature (ILACA faculty taught)
Introducción al español de los negocios
Literatura española (hasta S.XVIII)
Literatura española (S.XIX-S.XX)
Geografía de España
Historia de España
Historia del Arte en España
Civilización y cultura españolas
Cultura islámica en España
Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
Sistema político en España y en la Unión Europea
Canción tradicional y sociedad española: flamenco, folclor y canción sefardí
Economía Española y Latinoamericana
Service Learning

Advanced
Students who place Advanced take two or three of the content courses at the CLM.

Introduction to Literature (ILACA faculty taught)
Traducción inglés-español I
Traducción inglés-español II
Español de negocios
Didáctica del español como lengua extranjera
Introducción a la lingüística
Literatura española (Renacimiento y Barroco)
Literatura española (Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo)
Literatura española (Siglo XX)
Literatura hispanoamericana
La imagen de la mujer en la literatura española (S. XVIII-S.XXI)
Teatro español
Historia de España (Edad moderna)
Historia de España (desde Franco hasta la actualidad)
Historia de América (Edad contemporánea)
Arte español (Renacimiento – Barroco)
Arte español contemporáneo
Historia del cine español
Actualidad sociopolítica en España
Economía y negocios en España y América Latina
Sistema político de la Unión Europea
Civilización y cultura españolas
Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
Cultura islámica en España
Historia de la música española
Músicas tradicionales
El arte flamenco, en la sociedad y la cultura
Salud, ecología y medio ambiente en España
Internship

PLU Course Equivalency

Use the online Interactive Guide to see how students have used study away credit from the London GEO at PLU. This tool serves as a starting point for academic planning. If a course equivalency is not listed, it may be requested from the appropriate academic department.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Study Tours

In addition to independent travel, the program includes lots of opportunities for meaningful exploration in Granada and Spain overall. The program takes students to:

  • Madrid
  • Seville
  • Toledo
  • Off the beaten path Granada tours

The CLM also offers:

  • 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.

Homestay

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.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall semester covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, visa fees, DELE exam fees, laundry, and a $750 flight credit). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

Global Scholar Award

All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs. For non-PLU students, please check with your home institution or sponsoring study abroad organization on program cost.

Contact Us

Tanya Ulsted
Study Away Coordinator & Gateway Program Manager
ulstedtj@plu.edu
253-535-7628

Pre-requisites

Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.

Application Deadline

Fall applications are due March 15

 

Spring applications are due May 1

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application. A $300 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance.

NOTE: Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Forms (2)
  • Application fee

Reflections on the Program

Learn about PLU student Maylen Anthony’s experience studying in Granada during Spring 2014 as a Hispanic Studies major.

Photo Gallery 

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Granada ILACA program.

New York Times video feature

Granada ILACA Website

Visit Granada ILACA’s website to learn more.

Program Highlights

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Live with a host family in Granada
  • Improve your Spanish skills through immersion
  • On-Site Directors, Mark and Maria, are your cultural in and provide consistent support
  • Enhance your experience with service learning or internship opportunities