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IES Abroad Granada - Study in Granada
Granada, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: IES 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

IES Abroad Advanced Program - Granada, Spain

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • IES application deadline: October 9, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020

IES Granada allows students the opportunity to improve their Spanish-language skills and take content courses both through IES and at the University of Granada. This program is a great fit for students who are at an intermediate level of Spanish and are looking to challenge themselves through full language and cultural immersion.

The University

The University of Granada (UGR), the third largest university in Spain with approximately 80,000 students, was founded in the early 16th century. UGR has seven campuses, each housing different faculties, but all local campuses are about 10-15 minutes walking from the IES Abroad study center. It ranks among the top ten best Spanish universities and holds first place in Translation and Interpreting Studies. 

The Setting

Granada is the last capital of Moorish Spain with a unique history of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the southern most region of Spain, Andalusia, and has a population of roughly 235,000. Young and vibrant, Granada is a university town with a rich history, and students will have the opportunity to explore the Alhambra, Generalife gardens, and the beautiful Spanish-Islamic art and architecture. 



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits per semester, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. This typically equates to five courses comprised of one required advanced Spanish language course, plus four electives taught at the IES study center and the University of Granada. Princeton students are required to enroll in at least one direct enroll course, and all courses must be taken in Spanish. Students may explore course options in the areas of Art History, Anthropology, Economics, Computer Science, History, Literature, Biology, Political Science, and more, and the IES website provides more information about course descriptions and availability. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Spanish (207 level preferred). 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to late December
Spring Semester: mid-January to mid May 

Please refer to the IES website for updated academic calendars.


IES has three housing options for students on this program:

Homestays offer students the opportunity to live with a Spanish-speaking family and experience the daily life of local people. Homestays offer single or double rooms, and more than one IES student may be placed in each home. 

Dorm houses are small, family-run housing opportunities located in the heart of Granada and includes 18 meals (Monday through Saturday), with no meals on Sundays and holidays. In the Dorm House, you’ll have a single room with a shared bathroom. This housing option is suitable for independent-minded students with a high level of Spanish language, who are comfortable being proactive when meeting Spanish students and integrating into local student culture. Placements are limited.

Colegios Mayores are more similar to dorms in the United States, with each colegio having its own unique social and academic environment. The single sex housing option includes up to 18 meals per week, and typically has rooms with single occupancy and a shared bath. It is ideal for outgoing students with a high level of Spanish language who want to integrate into local student culture, participate in Colegio activities, and are willing to abide by the rules of the Colegio. Placements are limited.

Student Life

The University of Granada offers many programs, sports clubs, and cultural activities, such as concerts and film series. All students taking courses at the university have access to the extracurrciular activities. Also, IES offers excursions and activities through their program, in addition to helping students get placed into optional internships and volunteer programs. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Spain. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students studying in Spain for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. IES will provide detailed information to admitted students regarding the visa process. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program should complete the following steps:

  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the IES online application according to their deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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