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Office of International Programs

Sophomore Transfer Program: Spain

At a Glance

City: Granada, Spain
Partner: University of Granada Modern Language Center
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families, independent housing in local apartments, student residence 
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 (CASA), a consortium of ten leading research universities formed with the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs. CASA member insitutions include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College Dublin, and Vanderbilt.  Brown University is the administering institution for the  CASA programs in Spain, including Granada. 

Academics

CASA Granada offers different programs in order to accommodate students with varying levels of Spanish language proficiency. Students who successfully complete the program earn a standard load of transfer credit from Brown equivalent to 4 Brown credits.

Intensive Spanish Language Studies (CILE) 

The CILE track is exclusively language-focused. It is designed to immerse students fully in the Spanish language and is ideal for students who have no previous coursework in Spanish or have completed one or two semesters of college-level Spanish or less. 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.

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

The CEH track is most appropriate for students who are at the high-intermediate to advanced levels of Spanish (third- to fifth-semester college level Spanish) prior to arrival. CEH students will complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they will enroll in five classes of the Hispanic Studies track.  

CEH students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills as part of their course load. Four additional courses will be chosen from the following 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 will complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they will 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 will be chosen from the following 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.

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).

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

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 an 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) offers both local and international students a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment where world perspectives and traditions are exchanged on a daily basis.  Students from 35 different countries around the world come yearly to the CLM to study Spanish language and culture, while Spanish students are studying other modern languages in the classrooms right next door. 

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. 

The CLM is fully equipped with a specialized languages and linguistics library, and the most up-to-date audio-visual aids in both classrooms and language laboratories that are set up for multimedia and audio-video activities.  The two CLM buildings are located in the historic Realejo neighborhood in close proximity to the newly renovated UGR School of Architecture.  The main building is found in the old Palace of Santa Cruz (16th C.), the restoration of which was completed in 1992 for educational purposes. The second building is the old Hotel Kenia, adapted for teaching purposes in 2005. 

Logistical Information

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

Housing
Students will have the opportunity to be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program or may choose to secure their own housing in local apartments with other university students. Limited spaces are also available at a private student residence. Please refer to Housing in Granada for more detailed information about options.

Program Dates
Fall: Late August – Late December (see links at bottom of pages for specific dates)

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

Application Deadline
June 5, 2017

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