Granada: Intensive Language and Hispanic Studies 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


Level I & II: Intensive Spanish Language Studies (CILE)

Utilizing a communicative approach in the classroom, highly qualified faculty provide an intensive program of instruction – 20 hours per week designed to immerse students fully in the language. The CILE program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Classes are small (maximum of 12-15 students) and are taught by highly qualified Spanish language instructors.  CILE classes are 4 hours in length daily (5 days a week), generally two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. 

Academic options are available for students who have completed HISP 0200 or less, and HISP 0300-HISP 0500 or the equivalent, prior to participation. Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the Center for Modern Languages and are placed in the appropriate level of instruction.  A student can expect to progress through approximately three language levels (maximum of four in some cases) over the course of the semester.  A student’s class schedule may vary each month according to the time their level is offered (morning session or afternoon session). 

Level II: Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) To enter into the Hispanic Studies track, students must have surpassed level B2.1 (CLM 6 Advanced); see "Placement Process" below.

Students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills as part of their course load. Four additional classes are chosen from the following subject areas: Linguistics, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, Chinese, etc.). Download a list of courses and their descriptions.

  • Fall semester students take a one-month intensive language class prior to the start of the CEH classes. 
  • Spring semester students enter the CEH classes directly with no prior intensive language study.
  • Students who do not place into the Level II Hispanic Studies track are placed into the Level II Intensive Language Studies (CILE) track for the semester. 

Level II Placement Process

Students applying to the Level II program m ay submit an initial application to either the Intensive Spanish Language Track or to the Hispanic Studies Track. However, final determination of the student's program track and course of study is based on the placement exam that each student must take on-site at the beginning of the program. In order to be eligible for the Hispanic Studies Courses (CEH), a student must place into the appropriate level according to the semester (level 6 in the fall; level 7 in the spring).

In general, the CILE Track is best suited to the students in this category who are in the intermediate levels of Spanish; the CEH Track is most appropriate for students at the advanced levels. However, as each student's language learning, experience and progress are unique, it impossible to know in advance into which track a student in this category will be placed. It is therefore important to come to the program with an open mind if you are in this particular category of Spanish proficiency.

Host Institution

The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V, is one of the oldest in Europe. Its Islamic roots go back to the original Palacio de la Madraza, founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I. For almost 500 years, the University has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition and a important center of education among Europe’s universities. Today, it is a comprehensive university with stunning architecture that spans from the 16th century to the present. With seven campuses, over 60,000 students, and vast range of courses offered, the University of Granada is one of the largest universities in Spain. 

The 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. 

Program 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.

Brown appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.

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.