Graduate Spanish Program
Preparation program for Admission to the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation
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GRIIS Spanish Program for Prospective Students of Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation at The University of Granada


The Spanish Program for prospective GSTI students is organized and administered by the Granada Institute of International Studies, under the auspices of the existing academic agreement signed between the Granada Institute of International Studies and the University of Granada´s Centro de Lenguas Modernas. The program is designed to provide intensive exposure to content-rich, high register Spanish to better prepare prospective Spanish T&I students for the rigors of the T&I master’s program at the Monterey Institute and other T&I Schools worldwide. It is designed specifically for potential T&I students who have spent limited time abroad, and for those who wish or need to refine their skills in the analysis and/or production of Spanish before commencing their T&I studies.

The aim of this program is to enhance the students’ knowledge of Spanish, so they will acquire the language proficiency level required for studies at GSTI. The program also focuses on the development of analytical skills.


Prospective T&I Students of the Monterey Institute or other T&I Schools who plan to take part in the GRIIS program will have orientation sessions during the first week of the program. Students attending courses in Granada will enroll in up to 5 courses per semester, with the following distribution:

  1. 1) A mandatory seminar in “Text Analysis: Literature, Art, and Society”. Spanish. This seminar will be led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week.
  2. 2) A minimum of two Spanish language and culture courses, administered by faculty of the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada.
  3. 3) A maximum of two general content courses from the list of regular courses offered by all Schools of the University of Granada. This selection will be determined by the program Director according to student´s interests and needs. Course offerings will vary each semester.


This portion of the GRIIS prospective T&I program comprises both oral and written discussion of issues that are particular to Spanish culture and to translation and interpretation. The Program Director teaches these bi-weekly sessions and directly supervises the progress of each student. The seminar is aimed at polishing oral and written expression on an individual basis, which will be achieved through student analysis of specific readings related to various fields of knowledge, as well as through the discussion and joint analysis of world events. Additionally, this time will be used for review and as a period for synthesizing the content from any other courses each student may be taking. Specific seminar content will be determined jointly by the students and the Program Director.


The language classes are designed to fit the needs of future T&I students and focus on the particular problems encountered by English speakers when expressing themselves in Spanish. These courses are taught by faculty of 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 courses that best suits their needs.


As previously stated, prospective T&I students have the opportunity to attend content-rich courses at the University of Granada. These courses familiarize the students with subject matters covered in translation/interpretation studies: economics, scientific topics, law, and politics. Examples of what the Facultad de Traducción e Interpretación has to offer to potential T&I students are shown below:

  • Spanish Civilization
  • Varieties of Spanish
  • Spanish and Latin American Literature
  • Introduction to Experimental Sciences
  • Spain's Economic Structure
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Health Science
  • Introduction to Pathology and Laboratory Techniques
  • Introduction to [European] Community Law
  • Macroeconomics and Microeconomics

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. Visits to exhibits, lectures or movies are frequent.


Students participating in the program will take the University of Granada examinations in order to receive official University grades and transcripts.


Students will receive official grades and transcripts issued by the University of Granada for all courses taken and passed in order to obtain credit transfers from their Home University.

Housing and Travel Arrangements

Students will freely choose to live either with Spanish families, in University residencies, or in individual or shared apartments. GRIIS is not responsible for housing arrangements and costs, which will vary depending on the student's choice. GRIIS will assist students in securing a proper accomodation. This fee will be fully reimbursed on a bi-monthly basis to the student who can freely use this money towards covering her/his housing costs. The fee is required for legal reasons in order to obtain a student's visa. Travel expenses are not included in the program’s cost. Students will make their own travel arrangements.The program will provide documents that are needed in order to obtain a student's visa from the Spanish Consulate.

Health Insurance

The program provides to its students, free of charge, with health insurance. Health care is provided by private hospitals and doctors. Please inquire for a detailed description of coverage.

What is included



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 has a lively cooperation agreement with the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, an Institution which promotes the cooperation between Arab and Western countries.

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.

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