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GRIIS Graduate Spanish Program


The GRIIS Graduate Spanish Program is organized and administered by the Granada Institute of International Studies, under the auspices of the existing academic agreement between the Granada Institute of International Studies and the University of Granada´s Centro de Lenguas Modernas. The program is designed to foster personal and intellectual growth by immersing students in the everyday life of modern Spain. The program offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to live and study for either a semester or the academic year in one of Spain´s oldest and most historically significant cities.


The program is aimed to highly motivated students expecting academic excellence in a demanding program that provides personal attention and support to achieve their goals. The program offers a unique combination of classes at the University of Granada with classes specifically designed for GRIIS students plus tutorial classes. Orientation sessions will take place during the first week of the program. Students attending courses in Granada will enroll in up to 5 courses per semester at the 300-400-500 level with the following distribution:

  1. 1) GRIIS Seminar in “Cultural Identities”. The seminar will be led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week. (60 contact hours).
  2. 2) Oral production and interaction skills in Spanish, Spanish grammar or Writing texts in Spanish (superior) administered by faculty of the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. (45 contact hours).
  3. 3) Up to three elective courses chosen from the list below offered by Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. This selection will be determined by the program Director and her/ his advisor according to each student´s interests and needs (40 contact hours each). In addition to this list, one of the elective courses taken by students may be in another language and it will be chosen from those taught at Centro de Lenguas Modernas (i.e. French, German, Italian, Arabic…).

Course Description


This portion of the GRIIS program comprises has a multidisciplinary profile. It focuses on three areas of study: socio-linguistics; Literature and Arts. Readings include journalistic texts, essays and works of fiction aiming to provoke a personal reflection about current events as well as a re-definition of concepts such as borders, canon and identity. We will make extensive use of the rich cultural and artistic resources of Granada. The program director teaches these bi-weekly sessions and directly supervises the progress of each student. The seminar will also provide the opportunity to polish oral and written expression on an individual basis, achieved through student analysis of specific readings related to the various fields of knowledge detailed above. There will also be discussions and joint analysis of topics as well as oral presentations. Specific seminar content will be determined jointly by the students and the Program Director.


The Spanish Language and Culture courses (the speaking and writing skills course plus the three elective courses) are designed to increase oral and written proficiency, with discussion and review of the most relevant points of grammar. Readings include works by Spanish authors dealing with contemporary issues which provide topics for written assignments, oral presentations and debates. These courses are taught by faculty of the University of Granada´s Centro de Lenguas Modernas, in coordination with the Program Director. Students will take a placement test and will follow the language and culture courses that best suit their needs. The syllabus of each course is available at the GRIIS Web page.


In addition to the above, the program director will be available to students for tutorial classes throughout the program. These classes are aimed at polishing oral and written expression on an individual basis, as well as reviewing the content of the courses the student is taking.

Extracurricular Activities

The city of Granada is known as a University City, due in large part to the student population at UGR. The city itself also offers many activities that prove noteworthy for students coming from abroad. The Program has its own calendar of extracurricular activities. These include day-trips to nearby places such as The Alpujarras area or monument cities such as Córdoba and Seville. A visit to Madrid is scheduled during the Fall Semester. Visits to exhibits, lectures or movies are frequent.


Students participating in the program will take the University of Granada examinations in order to receive official University grades.Transcripts will be issued by the University of Granada for all courses taken and passed in order to obtain transfer credits. Students may earn up to 16 credit hours per semester (4 credits per course).

Housing and Travel Arrangements

Students will freely choose to live either with Spanish families, in University residencies, or in individual or shared apartments. GRIIS is not responsible for housing arrangements and costs, which will vary depending on the student's choice. GRIIS will assist students in securing a proper accomodation. Included in the total cost of the program is a housing fee of 4,000 € (academic year) or 2,000 € (semester). This fee will be fully reimbursed on a bi-monthly basis to the student who can freely use this money towards covering her/his housing costs. The fee is required for legal reasons in order to obtain a student's visa. Travel expenses are not included in the program’s cost. Students will make their own travel arrangements.The program will provide documents that are needed in order to obtain a student's visa from the Spanish Consulate.

Health Insurance

The program provides to its students, free of charge, with health insurance. Health care is provided by private hospitals and doctors. Please inquire for a detailed description of coverage.

Financial Aid

Some U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may qualify for financial aid. For detailed information, please contact your Financial Aid office.

What is included



GRIIS at a glance

The Granada Institute of International Studies (GRIIS) total immersion offers include undergraduate as well as graduate-level programs and Special programs intended for the development of language and cross-cultural skills. The programs are carried out at the University of Granada. The Institute has a cooperation agreement with the University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages to regulate the implementation of academic activities and classes. Transcripts are issued by the University of Granada

GRIIS has a lively cooperation agreement with the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, an Institution which promotes the cooperation between Arab and Western countries.

GRIIS programs are targeted to highly motivated students and designed to reach the goal of academic excellence. All studies are therefore rigorous and demanding, but we provide the adequate atmosphere to ensure your success and to make your stay in Spain a truly enjoyable learning experience. Daily supervision and guidance by GRIIS staff, individual tutoring classes, weekly small meetings and living with select families are key elements of the program. We expect hard work from students, but leave everything else in our hands. Please, click on the links above for individual program descriptions.