This program was beyond any expectations I had going in. I came in thinking it was going to be just classes, excursions and living with a host family - but it was everything in between that really made this trip so fulfilling. I met so many people who are so different yet so like-minded to me, and people who will definitely be lifelong friends. I was able to experience a totally different culture through the host experience and I don't think there is anything that will help you understand another culture like experiencing a locals' daily life and eating their food! The excursions were also really varied and not only allowed us to see other cities in Spain, but meet other people from the school, get our fitness on (during the hikes) and learn about the history of the country. And Granada itself was beyond what I thought it was going to be. I love how small and charming it is, the nightlife, its rich history and last but not the least the food!! (free tapas + shoutout to Burger King on Calle Reyes Catolicos for being the ultimate meetup spot)
- Renee Relampagos, former AIM Overseas participant
Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.
AIM Overseas is excited to offer this intensive Spanish language program in the spectacular city of Granada, Spain.
Hosted by the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) at the 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 your level of Spanish. Over the course of a month, you will take 80 to 90 hours of classes depending on the course option you select.
- CILE: This 80 hours course is open to all students from a full beginner level and focuses exclusively on Spanish grammar, vocabulary, conversation and phonetics.
- CILYC: This 90 hours Spanish language and culture course is only open to students who have an intermediate level (B1 – typically two-three years of university Spanish classes) or above. It combines language and culture giving students the opportunity to develop and improve their linguistic skills whilst enjoying an introduction to the major topics of Spanish culture, with a range of subjects to choose from in the Literature, Geography and History, and Culture disciplines.
Whichever course you choose, you will have to undertake a Spanish test in order for your level to be assessed and for you to be placed in the class most appropriate to your level of language.
Hear What a Returned Student Says About the Program
This is an incredible way to learn a language and be immersed in the culture is an amazing experience that taught me so much. Centro de Lenguas Modernas has a wonderful campus with lovely staff who were so knowledgeable and helpful throughout my entire stay. The guided trips within the program were excellent and a really great way to see more of Spain while I was there. My homestay was incredible. I was placed with a truly caring host mother who was so open and lovely and happy to have me in her home.
- Paige Cobcroft, former AIM Overseas participant
Students will undertake 80 hours of Intensive Spanish classes. These classes will focus on all areas of the language.
Throughout the course you will be assessed by way of exams, assignments and practical exercises and will receive a final 'mark'.
For the CILYC program, you will undertake 90 hours of advanced intensive Spanish and culture classes.
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 likely 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 may include:
- Day trip to Seville
- Day trip to Cordoba
- Day trip to Malaga
- Guided walking tours of Granada
- Hiking or mountain biking excursion
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.
This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
The teaching staff are experienced at identifying any specific aspects of your language ability that may need developing. Classes will be taught at a level matching your fluency.
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 have a single room 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!
"One great part of our program is the cultural trips. We were able to visit the Alhambra one evening, which provided us with incredible views of every part of Granada, from the Gypsy caves all the way to the mountains. I think we all left wishing we could living in a castle!" 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's 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.
Early bird applications for our Mid-Year 2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.
In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.
You’ll also be notified when applications are open!
The application process for this program are as follows:
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our . Alternatively, you are welcome to or . Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.