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Office of International Programs

Sophomore Transfer Program: Spain

At a Glance

City: Granada, Spain
Partner: The University of Granada
Language Requirements: Open to all language levels
Contact: Macala Lamour

Overview

The Brown in Spain program in Granada is part of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad, a collaborative initiative involving several U.S. universities: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt.  Each CASA member institution reserves the right to participate in a given CASA Divisional Program. 

Academics 

The CASA Granada program is appropriate for transfer students at all language levels. Students have an opportunity to significantly hone their Spanish language skills in a way that cannot be duplicated at home and enroll in rigorous content courses that deepen their understanding of Spain's historical, social, political, economic and cultural fabric. Students successfully completing the program earn a standard load of transfer credit from Brown equivalent to 4 Brown credits.

Beginner to intermediate Spanish level transfer students enroll in the Intensive Spanish Language Studies track (CILE) instruction that provides them with the reading, writing and oral proficiencies, appropriate to their levels, necessary to communicate effectively in the Spanish language. The program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students), offering an intensive instruction program, are taught by Spanish language instructors who utilize a communicative classroom approach.  Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. 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). 

The CILE track is exclusively language focused and is ideal for students who have no previous coursework in Spanish or who have one or two semesters of college-level Spanish. The program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students), are taught by expert Spanish language instructors who utilize a highly communicative and dynamic approach in the classroom.  Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. 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). 

Student performance is carefully monitored throughout the semester-length program and placement levels adjusted accordingly. Students in the CILE track must successfully pass each monthly class in order to receive credit for the semester (contingent on the express approval of the student’s home institution).  Attendance, class participation, assignments, and exam grades are all taken into serious consideration when determining a final grade for the class. 

A general course description can be viewed here.

Level II: Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) or Spanish Language and Culture (CLCE)

The CEH track is most appropriate for students who are at the intermediate-high or low-advanced level of Spanish (third- to fifth-semester college level Spanish) prior to arrival. During the fall semester, CEH students will complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they enroll in five classes of the Hispanic Studies track.  Due to the structure of the spring semester, students go directly into five Hispanic Studies classes. 

CEH students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills as part of their course load. Four additional courses are chosen from these topic areas: Language, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, etc.) A complete list of classes and course descriptions can be found here.

The CLCE track is most appropriate for students at the intermediate levels of Spanish prior to arrival. During the fall semester, CLCE students complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they enroll in five classes of the Spanish Language and Culture Course (CLCE).  

CLCE students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills and Spanish Grammar as part of their CLCE course load. Three additional courses are chosen from these topic areas: Language, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, etc.). A complete list of classes and course descriptions can be found here.

Important: In the event that a student does not place into the CEH track, s/he may enroll in the CLCE track (if qualified). In the event that a student does not place into the CLCE track, s/he may continue to study intensive language for the duration of the semester. Students may not take CLCE classes taught in English.  

Placement Process

Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the Center for Modern Languages and are subsequently placed in the appropriate level of instruction – i.e., either the Level I Intensive Language Studies Track (CILE) or the Level II Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) or Spanish Language and Culture Track (CLCE). Level II students must place into the appropriate level. To enter into the Hispanic Studies Track, students must have surpassed level B2.1 Spanish (CLM 6 Advanced); to enter into the Spanish Language and Culture Track, students must have surpassed level B1.1 (CLM 4 Intermediate).

Students who apply to the Granada program must indicate in their application whether they wish to apply to the Intensive Spanish Language Track (Level I - CILE), the Hispanic Studies Track (Level II - CEH), or the Spanish Language and Culture Track (Level II - CLCE). 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 program’s start. Students whose Spanish level is not definitive prior to departure should remain flexible about attending either the Level I or Level II track until their placement exam results are known

Host Institution

The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles, 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. Today, it is a comprehensive university with over 60,000 students.

The Center for Modern Languages (CLM)
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. Today the CLM offers students state-of-the art classroom and language laboratories for multimedia and audio-video activities.

Logistical Information

On Site Support

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

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

Program Dates
End of August — late December. Please refer to the 2016/17 program calendar (Intensive Language or Hispanic Studies) for more specific information about program dates.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please see our cost page.

Application Deadline
June 6, 2016

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