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Brown in Granada/CASA Translation and Interpretation Program

At a Glance

City: Granada
PartnerUniversity of Granada
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families, student residence
Language requirement:  Superior - one course beyond HISP 600 (or equivalent)
Calendar: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year 
Accepts Non-Brown students: Space-available basis

Overview

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 ten 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 Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Granada program is Brown University.

CASA-Granada offers students with exceptional (C1+) Spanish language skills 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 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 undertake their studies at Traductores, enrolling in a course load equivalent to 24-30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) – typically four to five 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)
  • 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

Please visit here for a complete list of courses and class schedules.

Note: Courses may be limited in space availability and/or may require prerequisites; therefore, students should come up with a preliminary list of eight to ten courses per semester that can then be narrowed down to a final course load of 24-30 ECTS credits — generally four-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.

Internship Possibilities

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.

Host Institution

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. 

Program Calendar

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 specific information about program dates.

Fall: Late August – Late January

Spring: Late January – Early July

Housing

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.

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 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 one course beyond HISP 0600 (sixth-semester college-level Spanish language) or the equivalent before beginning studies in this program, and must have advanced Spanish proficiency equivalent to level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CPFR). Interested students will be assessed by Brown's Hispanic Studies Department to determine language proficiency (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 advanced level).

Given the advanced language level required for this rigorous 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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