AIM Overseas is excited to offer this intensive Spanish language program in the spectacular city of Granada, Spain.
Hosted by the Centro de Lenguas Moderna (CLM), and transcripted by Universidad de Granada, this program gives students of all levels an opportunity to rapidly advance their linguistic ability, whilst experiencing the wonderful Spanish lifestyle and culture.
The program is open to all students regardless of their level of Spanish.
Over the course of four weeks you will take 80 hours of intensive Spanish classes (at your language level) plus undertake an additional 20 hours of faculty-led visits to some of Granada’s incredible historical and cultural monuments. These cultural activities will be delivered in English and will be followed up by student reports which will be graded. They will include:
- Guided visit to the Alhambra
- Guided tour of the Albaicin
- Guided visit to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel
- Guided city tour: The Granada of Three Cultures
- Guided visit to ‘Los Morenos’ vineyard and winery.
In addition, the program will take you to two other spectacular Andalusian cities, Cordoba and Sevilla, where you will also be guided through some of the region’s finest cultural highlights.
Throughout the course you will be assessed by way of exams, assignments and practical exercises and will receive a final ‘mark’. The course has enough contact hours to generally count as one full credit, semester- long unit back in Australia (although it is your Australian university that will determine this credit transfer – more information will be provided to you as part of the application/acceptance process).
The language component of the program is augmented by a comprehensive series of academic-led cultural activities and field trips around Granada and other cities in Andalusia. There is a minimum of 20 hours of field trips which form the assessed cultural-studies part of the course. Attendance is mandatory.
These activities will take place in the afternoons and evenings, as well as day trips during some weekends.
You’ll visit the incredible Alhambra, a world-heritage listed site and one of AIM Overseas’ favourite monuments anywhere in the world. Weekend day trips to places like Sevilla are included and you’ll be blown away by the spectacular sites (and sights!) that the region has to offer. Not to mention the tapas…which are simply awesome!
Field trips and cultural activities, such as guided visits, will be conducted in English. This is to ensure that all participants are able to gain a thorough understanding of the history and culture of the region. Students with a higher level of Spanish will benefit by being able to read additional materials whilst on site visits, and also practice their Spanish with the academics that lead the visits.
Cultural Activities and Excursions:
- 1 day trip to Seville
- 1 day trip to Cordoba
- 2 guided walking tours of Granada
- 1 hiking or mountain biking excursion
- 1 cultural workshop (eg. flamenco, tango, jamon serrano)
University of Granada
The University of Granada, dating back to 1531, is one of the oldest in Europe and the Centro de Lenguas Moderna itself is housed in the old palace of Santa Cruz, which dates back to the 16th Century. The city of Granada as a whole is filled with history, yet with nearly 80,000 university students (a third of the total town population) it offers a vibrant study environment.
The Centre is fully equipped with a library, the most up-to-date audio-visual aids both in classrooms and in language laboratories set up for multimedia and audio-video activities. The highly qualified teaching staff are specialised in language teaching, and include University of Granada professors and lecturers. What better place to learn Spanish than in Spain! You will be able to apply everything you learn from a specialised language centre immediately within the context around you, whether it be with other students, locals, when you go out or do your shopping, watching TV or just speaking with your host family. You will be entirely immersed in Spanish language and your ability and confidence will skyrocket.
You will be accommodated in homestay, giving you a chance to practice your Spanish in day-to-day situations and giving you a chance to really experience life in a Spanish household! This part of the experience is really about being immersed in the foreign language.
You will share a room with another participant from the program and will be provided with pillows, bed linens and towels.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included most days and we’ve heard wonderful stories from past students about the exceptionally welcoming, friendly and familial experiences that they’ve had with their hosts.
Granada is a compact city and all of the homestays are within comfortable walking distance of the Centro (typically 10 to 30 minutes). Making your way through the streets to the Centro, you’ll pinch yourself to look around and realise where you are – it’s just a special place to study!
Hear the experiences of other students on the program
“Last week myself, Tiffany (another girl who is staying with the same family as me in Granada), her friends and my friends all went to watch Beatriz, our homestay sister, dance Flamenco. She was amazing, and it was so exciting to experience an integral part of Spanish culture. For this reason, when Beatriz asked Tiffany and I if we would like to come to a flamenco class she was teaching on Tuesday night, we jumped at the opportunity. The class was a lot of fun, and although my rhythm was at times completely out, I left the class knowing how to dance a little bit of Flamenco.”
- Cailey, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Spanish and Environmental Health. READ MORE
“This was our first free weekend where we didn’t have anything planned with the rest of our class, so we decided to travel down to Malaga during the day and stay the night in a hostel. We arrived to a beautiful sunny 21degrees which was a nice change from the cold. Malaga was beautiful; we wandered the streets and found a place to eat for lunch consisting of huge servings of seafood paella, absolutely delicious. There was music playing in the streets and a man singing opera, the city was very colourful and easy to get around. We walked along the pier that sat many sail boats and gazed at the incredibly blue water and sky, it was sad that we only have the one night here.”
- Alyssa Jackson, Bachelor of Media and Communications, majoring in Public Relations. READ MORE
For all the talk of Spain’s history, this is a country that lives very much in the present and there’s a reason ‘fiesta’ is one of the best-known words in the Spanish language – life itself is a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited. Spain is and has been for thousands of years – one of the cultural centres of Europe. It has beautiful cities and towns, offering old monuments and modern architecture. It’s known all around for Flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine. Here, the passions of Spanish people are the fabric of daily life; this is a country with music in its soul, a love of fine food and wild landscapes.
Granada is located between the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the subtropical beaches of the Andalusian Mediterranean coast making for spectacular scenery, with one landscape transforming into a radically different one within a matter of a few kilometres.
Granada is enshrined in medieval history as the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe. Its architecture reveals the city long and rich history. The beautiful and unique Alhambra, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects the long Muslim occupation and its indelible influence on the city. Charles V’s palace takes you back to the Renaissance era, whilst the spectacular Cathedral and Royal Chapel denotes a Baroque influence.
Various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the cities of Cordoba or Seville, Ubeda or Baeza (in the province of Jaén), the Cazorla, Segura and Villas Natural Parks and other natural parks such as Cabo de Gata or the Grazalema mountain range are less than 3 hours away!
AIM Overseas loves this region of the world – people are friendly, the cities are spectacularly beautiful and easily explored on foot. You’ll also find delicious food, culture (think: flamenco, art, architecture and music) and plenty of places to explore.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
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