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Summer in Spain: University of Granada

University of Granada

About the Program

Through our partner, Sol Education Abroad, you will study at the prestigious University of Granada’s Center of Modern Languages (the CLM), located in one of Granada's most historic neighborhoods, the Realejo. Walking to class you will pass through winding cobblestone streets and hidden plazas. Spanish classes are taught in two historic buildings dating to the 16th century. The majority of the students are international, especially in the summer; however there are also a significant number of Spaniards. You are encouraged to sign up for an intercambio (or exchange partner) during your stay to provide opportunities outside of the classroom to practice Spanish. This is the ideal program for students interested in Spanish immersion and living in Spain. Granada is the perfect location due to its unique culture, wonderful student vibe, and relaxed atmosphere.

Classes: Class size depends on the program you choose. Language classes are from around 8 to 12 students and elective classes can be from 8 to 35 students. Classes are with other students learning Spanish. Language classes are typically from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For those doing any elective classes these can be taught at any part of the day. There is always a break between classes.

Facilities: The main building is housed in the old palace of Santa Cruz (16th century) which has been restored for teaching purposes. The other building is a restored “Carmen,” or typical Andalusian home, that was first used by the Arabic culture hundreds of years ago. It is a beautiful building with a garden-like setting. As a University of Granada student, you will have access to the university sports facilities around the city. During the semester there are many intramural activities offered by the university such as soccer and basketball.

Teaching Style: You will find that the teaching style in other countries is different than what you are used to. If you have any concerns or questions about this when you are in Granada, please ask your director! The directors are always available to help arrange tutoring and any other assistance concerning the academic component of the program.

Transcript: Your transcript is issued by the University of Granada and handled by the Sol Education Abroad office.

Q & A with Ethan Zambrano

Dance pedagogy major who studied in Granada in summer 2018

Q: What would you say to someone who is considering studying in Granada?

A: Do it...Experience something new. Something different. Being in Spain, I was able to find out who I really am, what things I want, the things that make me happy. Study abroad is such an eye-opening experience.

Q: What was your coursework like in Granada?

A: My first month I was taking mainly Spanish grammar and language classes. Everything was taught in Spanish. No English was spoken as many of the professors there do not speak English. Plus, I was there to advance my Spanish skills and that was a huge reason I improved so much. During the second month, I took Spanish History, Spanish Culture, and Latin American Culture. Again, all were taught in Spanish.

Q: Where did you live and how did that affect your experience?

A: I lived with a host family. She was a single mother with a nine-year-old son and three-year-old daughter. She helped me with Spanish. She helped with life issues I had while abroad, and she still helps by just being another person I can talk to.

Q: How did you spend your free time in the city?

A: Getting around Granada is super easy. Everything is practically in walking distance from your home, and the bus system is easy to navigate to ensure you have a chance to explore.

I spent a lot of time walking around the city with friends from my program. We would go eat tapas (they are free when you order a drink), shop in the Albaicín, and on the weekends, we would travel to different areas. Some included Los Cahorros Hanging Bridges, Córdoba, Morocco (Maruecos en español), and the beaches.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Granada (Universidad de Granada) is fully accredited by the government of Spain
  • The University of Granada, founded in 1531, is now the third largest university in Spain, with an overall enrollment of about 20,000 students. Roughly 8,000 of these students are from outside Spain.
  • As with many older European universities, various departments of the university are located throughout Granada.
  • All students may choose courses taught in English in the areas of art history, Spanish culture, geography, history, and literature.
  • Through Sol Education Abroad, students' enjoy excursions to the Sierra Nevada mountains, a tour of the Alahambra, and a trip to the Costa del Sol (Mediterranean beaches).


There are a variety of summer program options for students. See the Sol Education website for details:

Credits and Classes

Spanish language courses from Beginner I through Superior II are available during the summer as well as elective courses in English and Spanish. See the Sol Education Abroad website for details of summer classes:



All students are strongly encouraged to select the homestay option as this plays an integral part in the cultural and language immersion opportunity this program provides. However, a second option is a student residence hall.

Housing Options:

Homestay includes three meals a day, wifi, and laundry once a week. All home stays are located 20 to 25 minutes walking from the university's language center.

Residence halls offer meals Monday-Friday, but not on weekends or holidays.


Students pay Sol Education Abroad directly for tuition, fees, and housing for the summer programs.

Students may choose to attend one, two, or three summer sessions at the University of Granada through Sol Education Abroad. See the Sol website for specific fees based on your preferred program.

After selecting your program, contact the Office of Global Engagement to assist you with developing a comprehensive budget for your program based on your chosen program.


  • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good standing with OCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Please contact the study abroad office to request a final budget based on program you plan to attend in Granada.

Contacts in Granada

Primary student contact: Elisha Smith


Phone: 512-380-1003

  • The Alhambra

    Student excursions include a visit to The Alhambra

  • Village in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

    Granada is bordered by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and summer excursions include a trip into the mountains to visit some of the traditional villages.

  • Costa del Sol

    The famous beaches of the Costa del Sol are just 60 minutes from Granada and a trip to the Costa del Sol is among the summer excursions.

Contact the Study Abroad Office