Study Abroad

IES Granada: Study in Granada

  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English (IES Courses), Spanish (IES and University)
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Granada, the capital of Moorish Spain, is a vibrant city today with a youthful population that offers students the clearest window into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Arabic, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Granada has cast its spell on travelers for centuries. The last stronghold of Medieval Islam in Europe, the pride of Renaissance kings, the inspiration source for the romantic mind, is now a city with a vibrant university life adorned with monuments and a natural surrounding of incomparable beauty. Study Abroad in Granada-the cultural and academic capital of Andalusia, one of the most attractive regions in Europe, where a great diversity of landscapes blends with a rich history and a passion for traditions.

 The University of Granada is the third largest university in Spain.  It was founded by Charles V in the early 16th century, and is the successor to the Arab University of Yusuf I.  It is a dynamic and forward thinking institution, offering diverse opportunities that attract the highest number of exchange students from universities all over Europe.  It has particular strengths in such areas as Maghreb and Arabic Studies, Computer Sciences, and Woman’s Studies. The UGR has seven campuses, the Central Campus, the Health Campus, and the Campuses of Cartuja, Fuentenueva, and Aynadamar in Granada.  There are two additional campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla.  All the local Granada campuses are 10-15 minutes walking from the IES Abroad Granada Center, except the Cartuja Campus (15 minutes away by bus).  The University sponsors many programs, sports clubs and cultural activities, such as concerts and film series.  All IES Granada students, even those who did not register for courses at the university will receive a Universidad de Granada student ID card. This will allow you to register for courses at the university but will also allow you to participate in university events and activities.


Two semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) are required for Intermediate Program. Four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) are required for Advanced Program. Students must have taken an appropriate level Spanish course no more than one year prior to the program start date.

Academic Credit

Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above. Spanish majors/minors must take all courses in Spanish, and any course that is to count for major/minor credit must be taken at the University. All students must enroll in an appropriate-level IES Spanish language course.


The IES Abroad Granada curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and southern Spain. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency:

  • Intermediate Spanish Program Option
  • Advanced Spanish Program Option

In the Intermediate program option, students take courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced program option courses are conducted entirely in Spanish.  Advanced students may also enroll in courses at the University of Granada. Both options introduce students to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Arabic, Islam, and North African studies at the University of Granada.

IES Abroad Granada’s curriculum also offers

Internships:  Students can become a part of the Spanish culture by applying for an IES Abroad internship. Internships all students to integrate themselves into Spanish culture, gain new insight, and further professional goals through total immersion in a Spanish workplace. They can be one of the most revealing aspects of the local culture.  They also allow students to add a unique competitive edge to their professional profile by internationalizing their résumé, and they can increase students’ chances of working abroad in the future.  Participating in an internship through IES Abroad Granada offers a unique opportunity to step outside the educational environment and experience Spain at work. All IES Abroad internships are supervised and offered as academic options earning IES Abroad credit.  Please Note: Internships are accompanied by a required seminar. It is the seminar that students receive academic credit for; the work will be graded, and the grade will appear on the IES transcript – it is not a pass/fail course.

Course Highlights

Anthropology, Arabic Language, Art History, Biology, Business, Business Administration, Communications, Computer Science, Film Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish Language, Women’s Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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10-day period consisting of lectures on Spanish culture and academic life, intensive Spanish language instruction, field trips to sites around the city, and a 4-day trip.

Number of Students

Approximately 75 students attend each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay. Students may choose to live in a Spanish homestay where they eat two meals a day with their hosts when the program is in session.  Either one or two IES students will be placed in each homestay.  No other English speaking students will be in the same home. Homestays are typically located within a 5-35 minute walk from the Center. Housing is not provided between semesters or during Semana Santa (Spring term only). Academic year students who remain in Granada during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time. Haverford believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion. Due to this educational benefit, Haverford will only incorporate the full cost of room and board for a homestay into the financial aid package for students who qualify for aid. If any student on financial aid chooses to live in an apartment instead, Haverford will not be responsible for any increased living costs or additional charges. All students (whether on financial aid or not) who do not plan to live with a family should consult the IES website for estimates of non-homestay living costs, and should plan accordingly.

Carlos V Student Residence Hall.  Student Residence Halls are owned by the University of Granada and are only available for a limited number of students.  This housing option includes 10-15 meals per week. Student Residence Halls are located approximately 25 minutes from the IES Abroad Center.  Most rooms are doubles shared with other IES students.  Moreover, students should have a high level of Spanish language skills and be prepared to actively and independently seek local integration.  Students living in Residence Halls will live in homestays during the month of September.

Colegios Mayores. These dormitories are run by the University of Granada and require additional application due to their strict academic standards. This housing option includes up to 20 meals per week in student cafeterias. Colegio Mayores are typically located 15-25 minutes from the IES Abroad Center by foot.  Various Colegios are located in Granada and each has its own unique social and academic environment.  A high level of Spanish helps students participate in the various community activities and the events planned by the Colegios.  A limited number of students may apply and priority is given to the academic year students. Students living in Colegios Mayores during the fall semester will live in homestays during the month of September.

Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to late April

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 15

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