Located in Granada, this intensive Spanish program runs from late August to early December, and from January to early May. Granada is located 300 miles south of Madrid, close to renowned ski and beach resorts. The city is noted for its Moorish history and buildings, including the famous Alhambra. The weather is very mild during the fall.
This program offers courses at the University of Granada through API (Academic Programs International) with three different tracks:
Designed for students who wish to acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish language and culture, the Hispanic Studies program allows students to take an advanced Spanish language course along with several elective courses in Spanish. Students must have completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test to verify that they are ready for classes at the high-advanced or superior levels (Granada levels B2.2, C1 and C2 respectively). Spanish majors may use up to two upper level electives taught in English towards their major. Students majoring in Spanish are required to discuss their course selection with their advisor prior to departure.
This program is ideal for students who would like to improve their writing skills and knowledge of upper-level grammar, while also taking culture courses. The program offers culture classes in both English and in Spanish. All students take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival and are placed into the appropriate language level based on the results of this exam. Students who want to take classes in English still must have completed one semester of Spanish. High advanced students (5 or more semesters of Spanish; Granada level B2.2) are encouraged to apply for the Hispanic Studies program. UMass Amherst students who are majoring in Spanish may use up to 2 electives in English as their upper level electives in "areas related to the major".
The Intensive Language Program is designed for beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills over the course of one semester. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students instead complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. Students can expect to advance their Spanish a minimum of two levels during the semester. Each student’s language level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Granada upon arrival. UMass Amherst students may fulfill their language requirement in one semester in Granada.
Prof. Barbara Zecchi