Brown in Spain: Intensive Language Program

At a Glance
City: Granada
Partner Institution: University of Granada
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families
Accepts Non-Brown Students: No
Language Requirements: Beginner-Intermediate language levels accommodated



University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) specializes in the delivery of an intensive Spanish language program appropriate for serious Brown students from across academic disciplines interested in acquiring the reading, writing and oral proficiencies necessary to communicate effectively in the Spanish language.  Recognized by the Cervantes Institute for excellence in the delivery of a broad array of language programs, the CLM is a pioneer in Spanish language instruction for international students, with origins that date to the delivery of its first program nearly 50 years ago. Utilizing a communicative approach in the classroom, highly qualified faculty provide students with an intensive program of instruction – 20 hours per week -- designed to immerse them fully in the language.  Brown appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.


This program is appropriate for students seeking to build upon a foundation of Spanish language instruction already obtained at Brown and is exclusively language focused. Students are not permitted to enroll in content courses outside of the Intensive Program in Spanish Language (Curso Intensivo de Lengua Española, or CILE). The CILE program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the CLM and are placed in the appropriate level of instruction. Student performance is carefully monitored throughout the semester-length program and placement levels adjusted accordingly. Students successfully completing the program will receive 4 Brown credits.


  • Intensive Span Language, Oral Practice
  • Intensive Span Language, Writing Practice
  • Intensive Span Language, Reading Comprehension
  • Spanish Culture

Academic Calendar

  • Fall term: end of August to the third week of December
  • Spring term: late January through mid-June


Students will be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.