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Undergraduate Spanish Program + Intensive Course

Description

THE GRIIS UNDERGRADUATE SPANISH PROGRAM COMBINED WITH INTENSIVE COURSE is designed to foster personal and intellectual growth by immersing students in the everyday life of modern Spain. The program offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to live and study for either a semester or the academic year in one of Spain´s oldest and most historically significant cities. The program also aims to enhance undergraduate students’ knowledge of Spanish so that they will acquire the proficiency level needed to fulfill their language requirements.An INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE prior the beginning of classes is designed to enhance the language skills of students to better prepare them for living and studying in Spain.

Structure

Students who plan to take part in the GRIIS Spanish program will have orientation sessions during the first week of the program. Students attending courses in Granada will enroll in up to 5 accredited courses (in addition to the intensive course). All courses are taught in Spanish, and have the following distribution depending upon their language level:

A) INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE:

This intensive course meets daily for a total of 45 contact hours with extensive review of Spanish Language and Culture. After completing this course, students will enroll in either the Language and Culture Program or the Hispanic Studies Program.

B) LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM (200-300-level courses)

This program is intended for students who have not completed 4 semesters of Spanish.

  1. 1) GRIIS Seminar in “Spain within the 21st Century: Building bridges”. This seminar will be led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week. (45 contact hours).
  2. 2) Speaking and writing skills, administered by faculty of the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. (45 contact hours each).
  3. 3) Notions of Spanish Grammar, administered by faculty of the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. (45 contact hours each).
  4. 4) One or two elective courses chosen from the courses listed below offered by Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. This selection will be determined by the program Director according to each student´s interests and needs. However, students with Spanish Majors usually must take a Literature course. All other students may choose freely. Click on each title for a link to course description and syllabus. In addition to this list, one of the elective courses taken by the student may be in another language chosen from those taught at Centro de Lenguas Modernas (i.e. French, German, Italian, Arabic…).

C) HISPANIC STUDIES PROGRAM (300-and above-level courses)

This program is intended for students who have completed 4 semesters of Spanish or have been placed in the Hispanic Studies Program after taking the UGR placement test..

  1. 1) GRIIS Seminar in “Spain within the 21st Century: Building bridges" or GRIIS Internship. The seminar will be led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week. (45 contact hours). The Internship will be offered only during the Spring Semester to qualified students who choose the Academic Year Program.
  2. 2) Speaking and writing skills (advanced), administered by faculty of the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. (45 contact hours each).
  3. 3) Two or three elective courses chosen from the list below offered by Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada. This selection will be determined by the program Director according to each student´s interests and needs. However, students with a Major in Spanish usually must take a Literature course. All other students may choose freely. Click on each title for a link to course description and syllabus. In addition to this list, one of the elective courses taken by the student may be in another language chosen from those taught at Centro de Lenguas Modernas (i.e. French, German, Italian, Arabic…).

Course Description

1.- SEMINAR IN “SPAIN WITHIN THE 21st CENTURY: BUILDING BRIDGES”

This seminar will be led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week.
(45 contact hours).

The Iberian Peninsula was a melting pot of ancient civilizations that shaped a very unique society. The influence of these civilizations has remained through many centuries and has been a key element in shaping the modern amalgam of cultures intermingled in the new XXI century Spain. The seminar will concentrate in the “Andalusí Legacy” to explain why Spain functions as a bridge that not only joins but also tries to bring closer both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. To achieve the course’s academic goals, we will begin by reading and analyzing key literary works written in Spanish by authors from the two sides of the Sea. These works will lead us to think about the past and present stereotypes that hinder the communication and understanding of the West with the Mediterranean Muslim world. We will illustrate our readings with movies and by attending lectures and workshops at the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies. Prominent specialists participate in the programs carried out by the Euro-Arab Foundation. Members of the local Arab community find in this institution a forum to share their ideas with the rest of the city.

2.- SPANISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE COURSES

The Spanish Language and Culture courses are designed to increase oral and written proficiency, with discussion and review of the most relevant points of grammar. Readings include works by Spanish authors dealing with contemporary issues which provide topics for written assignments, oral presentations and debates. These courses are taught by faculty of the University of Granada´s Centro de Lenguas Modernas, in coordination with the Program Director. Students will take a placement test and will follow the language and culture courses that best suit their needs. For The syllabus of each course is available at the GRIIS Web page.

3.- TUTORIAL CLASSES

In addition to the above, the program director will be available to students for tutorial classes throughout the program. These classes are aimed at polishing oral and written expression on an individual basis, as well as reviewing the content of the courses the student is taking.

Extracurricular Activities

The city of Granada is known as a University City, due in large part to the student population at UGR. The city itself also offers many activities that prove noteworthy for students coming from abroad. The Program has its own calendar of extracurricular activities. These include day-trips to nearby places such as the Tropical Coast or monument cities such as Córdoba and Seville. A three-day trip to El Escorial Madrid and Toledo is also scheduled. Visits to exhibits, lectures or movies are frequent.

EVALUATION, GRADES, OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA AND TRANSFER CREDITS

Students participating in the program will take the University of Granada examinations in order to receive official University grades.Transcripts, which will be sent to your University's Registrar Office, will be issued by the University of Granada for all courses taken and passed in order to obtain transfer credits.

Housing and Travel Arrangements

All students are housed in Spanish homes. GRIIS makes the appropriate arrangements for these accommodations. These arrangements provide students an opportunity to experience Spanish family life and to use the language in the context of everyday situations. The program cost covers housing plus three meals a day. Travel expenses are not included in the program´s cost. Students will make their own travel arrangements.

Financial Aid

Some U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may qualify for financial aid. For detailed information, please contact your Financial Aid office.

What is included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES

ON-SITE SERVICES

GRIIS at a glance

The Granada Institute of International Studies (GRIIS) total immersion offers include undergraduate as well as graduate-level programs and Special programs intended for the development of language and cross-cultural skills. The programs are carried out at the University of Granada. The Institute has a cooperation agreement with the University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages to regulate the implementation of academic activities and classes. Transcripts are issued by the University of Granada


GRIIS programs are targeted to highly motivated students and designed to reach the goal of academic excellence. All studies are therefore rigorous and demanding, but we provide the adequate atmosphere to ensure your success and to make your stay in Spain a truly enjoyable learning experience. Daily supervision and guidance by GRIIS staff, individual tutoring classes, weekly small meetings and living with select families are key elements of the program. We expect hard work from students, but leave everything else in our hands. Please, click on the links above for individual program descriptions.