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Brown in Granada/CASA Translation and Interpretation Program

At a Glance

City: Granada
Partner: University of Granada
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families
Language requirement:  Advanced  
Calendar: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year 
Accepts Non-Brown students: Space-available basis

Overview

Beginning with the Fall 2016 academic term, the Brown in Granada program will transition to the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Program (CASA-Spain) in Granada. CASA is a non-profit consortium of nine leading United States 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, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Granada program is Brown University.

The Translation and Interpretation Program offers students with strong Spanish language skills (HISP 0600 for Brown students) the opportunity to directly enroll in a special semester program of study at the University of Granada's Faculty of Translation and Interpretation, commonly referred to as "Traductores." Traductores offers the largest array of linguistic offerings of any university in Spain and is renowned for its rigor in preparing students to translate and interpret at a professional level. Serious students of language will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in specialized courses that will significantly improve their language communication skills and give them a competitive advantage for career positions that require highly-honed second language proficiency.

Academics

Upon arrival, students participate in a two-week customized course at the University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM), which prepares them for the challenges of undertaking academic study in a university system and academic culture entirely different to those which they have experienced at their home institution. Students then begin their coursework at Traductores, enrolling in 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. Examples of courses include: 

  • Spanish Language (for High Advanced/Native Speakers)
  • Theory and Practice in Translation (Traductología)
  • Culture of Spanish Language
  • Spanish-English-Spanish Translation
  • Spanish-English-Spanish Interpretation
  • Specialized English-Spanish Translation
  • Careers in Translation and Interpretation
  • Interpretation in the Public Sector
  • Interpretation in Commerce and Tourism
  • Translation in Science and Technology
  • Computer Technology Tools for Translation and Interpretation

At the beginning of each term, students will be assigned academic tutors who will guide and assist their studies throughout the semester.

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year. 

Fall: End of August – Late January

Spring: Late January – Early July

Housing

Students are placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program.

On-Site Support

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. Applications from visiting students from non-CASA member institutions may be considered on a space available basis.

Students must be in good academic and judicial standing and have completed six semesters of college level Spanish, or the equivalent, before beginning studies in Spain. 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.

Given the advanced language level required for this program, Brown students who are interested should meet with the faculty advisor from the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown to discuss further.

Application Instructions

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.

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