At a Glance
Partner Institution: University of Granada
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families, student residence
Language requirement: High-advanced/HISP 600 or equivalent
Calendar: Fall or Spring semesters, or Academic Year
Accepts Non-Brown students: Space-Available Basis
In Fall 2016, the Brown in Granada program transitioned to the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Program (CASA-Spain) in Granada. CASA is a non-profit consortium of eleven leading research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Melbourne, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Granada program is Brown University.
The Granada University Studies program offers a direct enrollment option for students with high-advanced (B2) to superior (C) levels of Spanish language proficiency.
Upon arrival, students participate in a mandatory customized course at the University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM), which will prepare them for the challenges of undertaking academic study in a university system and academic culture entirely different to those which they have experienced at home. The 60-hour class continues to meet periodically throughout the semester providing the students with academic support and tutoring.
Students also enroll in coursework at their selected School(s) of the University, taking a load equivalent to 24-30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (typically 4-5 classes). Students who successfully complete the 60-hour customized course and a minimum of 24 ECTS credits will receive 4 Brown credits for the semester.
Students have a wide array of courses available to them in several academic areas of the University of Granada. For course listings and class schedules, please visit:
- Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Political Science and Sociology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Educational Sciences
- Faculty of Architecture
- School of Telecommunication Technology Engineering, Computer Engineering Degree
Note: Some courses may be limited in space availability and others may require prerequisites, so students should come up with a preliminary list of eight to ten courses each term that can then be narrowed down to a final course load of 24-30 ECTS credits -- generally five courses.
STEM Research Assistantships
STEM students admitted to CASA-Granada programs will have the exciting opportunity to apply for research assistantships at the University of Granada. CASA students accepted into this unique program will be paired with UGR graduate students in their respective fields of study. CASA students will work closely with the UGR graduate students and faculty acquiring hands-on experience in UGR and/or PTS (Parque Tecnólogico de la Salud) research labs and they will contribute their English skills in the revision of articles and posters.
CASA students at any level of Spanish language proficiency can apply for an assistantship. Beginner-level students will take intensive language classes at the Center for Modern Languages in the mornings and spend afternoons at their respective UGR/PTS placements. CASA-Granada staff will work with students in the other programs to arrange an assistantship schedule around their classes at the UGR/CLM (wherever possible).
Interested students must apply for the assistantship well in advance of their program start date. Students should contact the CASA-Granada staff as soon as they are accepted into a CASA-Granada program and confirm their participation so that appropriate placements can be identified.
Students have the opportunity to apply for an unpaid, non-credit bearing internship for the duration of the semester. If a student has a very serious interest in engaging in a hands-on experience in an area related to their academic studies, they will be asked to communicate their interests to the CASA on-site staff after being accepted into the program. The staff will submit the student's interests on their behalf to the University of Granada (or to another local institution according to the student's interests).
A few examples of potential placements include: the Office of Internationalization at the University of Granada (UGR); International Relations offices at the various UGR Faculties; the Institute for Peace and Conflict; the Sephardic Memorial Center; the UGR School of Education Science; and the Alhambra (in collaboration with UGR departments).
Placements are based on a student's academic interests, time commitment, previous experience, language level, and availability. A placement match cannot be guaranteed for every student who applies. Students should understand that if an internship is secured, there is an expectation of a serious commitment on the student's part and the student must participate reliably and responsibly throughout the program.
The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531 and one of the oldest universities in Europe, continues a long teaching tradition the roots of which can be traced back to the madrasahs of the last Nasrid Kingdom. For almost 500 years, the University has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition and an important center of education among Europe’s universities.
Today the UGR is a comprehensive research university with seven campuses, over 60,000 students, and a vast range of courses offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the year 2015/16, the UGR offered 75 undergraduate degree programs, 106 Master’s programs, and 25 doctoral programs. It is a leading university in Europe and is ranked among the top 8 universities in Spain according to the ARWU-Shanghai Ranking. The UGR is recognized internationally for its excellence in research in several scientific fields and boasts over 400 research groups across the University departments and 12 research institutes.
The combination of UGR’s renovated historical buildings and facilities throughout the city center with its cutting-edge research labs at the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Technological Park, make it a unique and spectacular place to study.
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year. Please refer to the program calendar below (under Related Files) for more specific information about program dates.
Fall: Late August – Late January
Spring: Late January – Early July
Students will have the opportunity to be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program. Limited spaces are also available at a private student residence. Please refer to Housing in Granada for more detailed information about options.
CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Brown in Granada program is open to undergraduate students from Brown and CASA member schools, as well as visiting students from non-CASA member institutions on a space-available basis.
Students must be in good academic standing and have completed Advanced Spanish II/HISP 0600 (sixth-semester college-level Spanish language), or the equivalent before beginning this program in Granada. Visiting students must have completed at least one upper-level content course in Spanish (typically a third-year course in literature, history, culture) beyond the elementary and intermediate language sequences.
Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the left side of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.