Granada is a city of stunning beauty, with a Moorish legacy that can still be strongly felt as one ambles through its ancient streets, particularly those found in its oldest quarter, the Albaicín. The artistic wealth of the city, combined with its vast cultural heritage, has inspired renowned poets, playwrights and musicians throughout the centuries.
Brown and CASA-Spain offer students four unique programs at the University of Granada. Whether you are a native Spanish speaker or have just learned a few basic words, Granada can meet your needs.
Intensive Language: Students with no prior Spanish or beginner to low-intermediate levels of Spanish enroll in a semester of intensive Spanish classes at the University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) that will dramatically advance their language learning. This track is exclusively language-focused. Students at the intermediate levels of Spanish may also enroll in this program with the approval of their home institutions.
Hispanic Studies: Students with high intermediate to advanced levels (HISP 300-500) of Spanish language proficiency take a full load of courses at the University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM). The semester course load includes conversation and composition classes, grammar classes, and content classes in a wide array of subject areas. Classes are taught entirely in Spanish at the University of Granada’s Modern Language Center by highly qualified Spanish language teachers and UGR faculty members.
University Studies: Students with high-advanced levels of Spanish language proficiency, who have taken the equivalent of HISP 600 or above, directly enroll in courses offered at the various schools of the University of Granada.
Translation and Interpretation: Students with exceptional Spanish language skills directly enroll in a semester program of study at the University of Granada's Faculty of Translation and Interpretation. This track prepares students for careers that require significant exposure to a second language.
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 Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad/CASA
The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad in Granada (CASA Granada) offers the opportunity for students at all levels of Spanish language proficiency to expand their horizons through a combination of rigorous academic studies, traditional immersion programming, and innovative experiential activities. The goal is for CASA students to engage with the local and university communities in meaningful and collaborative ways that will have lasting implications for their formation as global citizens.
CASA Granada is also committed to fostering and facilitating joint research and teaching projects between the Consortium schools and the prestigious University of Granada. CASA Granada inherits a long-standing, collegial relationship with the University of Granada. Students and faculty alike will feel especially supported by these close institutional ties and benefit from the unique opportunities that will thus be afforded to them.
The dynamic CASA Granada Center is a space of international, intellectual, cultural and linguistic exchange. It is a vibrant educational center where faculty and students from the United States, Spain and countries around the globe come together to share ideas and world views.