Graduate Spanish Program
Preparation program for Admission to the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation
Program for Second-year Translation and Interpretation Graduate Students

GRIIS Program for Second-Year Students of Graduate School of translation and Interpretation at The University of Granada


The Spanish Program for GSTI students, organized and administered by the Granada Institute of International Studies under the auspices of the existing academic agreement between the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Granada as well as the agreement signed by the Granada Institute of International Studies and the University of Granada´s Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is a program designed to provide intensive exposure to content-rich, high register Spanish to better prepare current Spanish T&I students for the rigors of the second year of the T&I master’s program at the Monterey Institute. It is designed specifically for 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 proceeding in the program at MIIS.


Students of the Monterey Institute who plan to take part in the GSTI program will have orientation sessions during the first week of the program (September 22nd, 2008 – until the beginning of classes at the Universidad de Granada on October 1st). Regular classes at UGR will continue until June 6th, 2009.MIIS students in Granada will attend four courses per semester according to the following distribution:

  1. 1) A mandatory Seminar in Spanish language and culture. This seminar is led by Dr. Amalia Pulgarín, the Program Director, and will meet twice a week.
  2. 2) Up to two courses in the School of Translation and Interpretation, on par with student’s experience and needs.
  3. 3) Up to two content courses in other Schools at the University of Granada, such as: School of Sciences, School of Political Science and Sociology, School of History, School of Economics, and School of Philosophy and Letters.


This portion of the Granada program comprises both oral and written discussion of issues that are particular to Spanish culture and to translation and interpretation. The Program Director leads 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, as well as through the discussion and joint analysis of world events. Additionally, this time is used for review and as a period for synthesizing the content from any other courses each student may be taking.


As previously stated, all students currently enrolled in the MIIS T&I program have the opportunity to attend similar courses at the University of Granada. Examples of what the Facultad de Traducción e Interpretación has to offer to students of GSTI caliber are shown below:

  • Methodology of legal translation
  • Translation of new technologies
  • Computer science applied to translation
  • Techniques of consecutive interpretation
  • Techniques of simultaneous Interpretation
  • Specialized translation A-B, B-A (“specializations” include: Science and Technology, Economics and Legal)
  • Terminology seminar (includes a terminology project)
  • Conference interpretation A-B, B-A, C-A


GSTI students have the opportunity to attend other courses at UGR that complement their course load in T&I and expand the breadth of their world knowledge, which is highly important in translation and interpretation. The program focuses on courses that are most beneficial to students planning to continue at GSTI. Examples of such courses include

  • Linguistics
  • Civilization
  • Introduction to Health Sciences
  • Terminology and Concepts of Physiological and Nutrition Sciences
  • Medical Terminology
  • European Community Law
  • International Relations
  • Fundamentals of Political Science
  • International Institutions
  • Introduction to Civil Law
  • Translation of Information and Localization
  • Spanish Economy

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.

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.

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



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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