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 on Friday 1st July in order for your level to be assessed and for you to be placed in the class most appropriate to your level of language.
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).
* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to final change *
Additional Course Information
University and Faculty
University of Granada and the Centro de Languas Modernas
The University of Granada, dating back to 1531, is one of the oldest in Europe and the Centro de Lenguas Modernas 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 university was voted the best Spanish university by international students, whose modern language centre receives over 10,000 students a year.
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.
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
There are plenty of cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings then trips on some of the weekend giving you a chance to gain a better understanding of this incredible country and culture.
Day trips and cultural activities are yet to be confirmed but most likely will include the following:
- Guided visit to the Alhambra
- Trip to Sevilla
- Trip to Cordoba
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!
You will share a room with another participant from the program and will be provided with pillows, bed linens and towels.
This part of the experience is really about being immersed in the foreign language.
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 this 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. This is only another example of how Carmen and her daughter Beatriz have welcomed me into their family.” – Cailey, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences. 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.
Credit and Funding Basics
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.
Course convenors will not be able 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 this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
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, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
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.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.
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.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.