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Study abroad in Granada and prepare to be mesmerized by grand Moorish architecture and Muslim influences.

Enjoy wandering aimlessly around the city’s narrow, winding streets in the warm weather and take in the sights and sounds of the city when you study in Granada. This energetic city is also known for its youthful population, which will make your Granada study abroad experience even more authentic and exciting.

If you’re looking to explore history and religion in Spain, Granada is the way to go.


Granada - Study in Granada

Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
Intermediate Program: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish; Advanced Program: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish
Estimated Cost: 
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Granada's Top Five

Take in a 360° View

Get a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding area (including spectacular views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada), while listening to musicians play guitar at the Mirador de San Nicolás.

Gain a New Perspective

Get involved with the small community through volunteer work.

Trek Sierra Nevada

Granada is at the foothills of this iconic mountain range, making it the perfect place to set off from on a hike.

Practice Your Language Skills

Befriend a local university student through your intercambio language partner.

Just Explore

The sunny Andalusia region has so much to offer. Outside of beautiful Granada, Seville, Málaga, and Gibraltar are all worth exploring.

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Dear Host Family

by Nina

Dear Host Family,

It’s my last day in Granada, and we’ve all just finished up eating lunch together. Trini made chicken with the so-good-you-could-drink-it garlic sauce. The grandkids are over, too, and they’re playing fútbol in the dining room—it never seems to be a problem that there’s china and glass picture frames around. I finally feel like my Spanish is good enough to have a full conversation with them, an impressive feat in my mind, even though they’re only one, four, six, and nine years old. I look forward to them coming upstairs nearly every day from their apartment below to see what new trouble they’ll make in abuela and abuelo’s house.

I’m writing this blog post so I can avoid packing. The truth is it feels wrong to leave what has truly come to feel like home. I’ll admit that the adjustment was hard at first; living in someone else’s house and feeling like a bit of an invader. That said, my time living in a host family has been one of the greatest highlights of my time in Granada. While I can see the value in nearly every possible living situation abroad, whether it’s making friends your own age in a residence hall or living independently in an apartment, I could not be happier that I lived with a host family this semester.

I think sometimes students fear they might miss out on some independence abroad if they live in a home stay, but this was certainly not the case. I enjoyed every aspect of study abroad that I had hoped to and never felt as though my home stay held my back from anything. Instead, it was always a safe space to come home, unwind, practice my Spanish and truly feel a part of something.

Living away from family can be so hard, especially when you’re away from your friends at school as well, but coming back from class or a long day to a home-cooked meal and a host mom that calls me hija has transformed a city that I chose to study in into a city that I can call my own. The whole family—parents, sons, grandkids and daughter-in-law’s—has given me an anchor here in Granada. After each day at school or weekend trip I knew that I always had a family to come home to and host parents who were eager to hear my stories.

Especially for students looking to learn a language, I’m not sure there’s a better motivation than pushing yourself to understand and form a bond with the people you live with. It takes time, which can often be frustrating, but with patience and understanding on both sides you can form some truly unforgettable bonds. Some of my proudest moments this semester were coming home and talking for hours straight about our days, something I honestly could not have imagined possible at the beginning of the semester. Flipping through photobooks and reminiscing about family weddings and gatherings reminded me of time spent with my own grandparents doing the same thing.

One of my favorite memories in Granada will always be having my host family and my real family collide. It’s so special to feel like you have a home on both sides of the world and having the people that make you feel that way come together is something that just does not happen often. Even though my parents speak no Spanish we were able to share so much, proving that family love is a universal language.

My home stay experience gave me a window into a different part of Spanish culture that I would have had no way of experiencing otherwise. Relationships with people of different ages, a look at daily routines, hearing about a day at Colegio and Instituto for the kids, eating traditional dishes that you won't find in tapas bars. All of the things that just don’t exist in textbooks.

While I’m saying goodbye to my semester abroad and already tearing up thinking about my departure tomorrow, I’m just saying hasta luego to Granada and especially my host family because they’ve both given me a million reasons to return.

So, to mi familia Española that fed me, taught me, loved me and had patience for me; thanks for making Granada my home and for welcoming me into yours.



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by Michelle

As the semester comes to a close, it’s sadder to say goodbye than I had previously thought! During this final week, I wanted everyone to be happy and focus on that, rather than wallowing in the sadness of leaving. This semester has taught me so much about myself, the world, and so much more. I am so grateful to IES Abroad for giving me this experience in such a lovely city in an incredible country.

Since you guys have been hearing from me all semester, I figured it's time to get some new voices in here. If you’re at home reading this because you know me, here are some other perspectives on why Granada is so great. If you’re at home reading this because you’re thinking about going abroad (specifically to Granada), here are a couple current students who wanted to share why they were happy today in Granada.

I will surely miss this place and these people. Granada will now always have a special place in my heart, for it lead me to some wonderful people, some hardy laughs, and a whole lot of butchered Spanish. Thank you, Granada, for all of this and so much more. I can’t wait to see you again soon.

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12 Gifts for Students Studying Abroad

Our recent alumni shared their thoughts on the best gifts for students studying abroad, and we complied it into a helpful gift guide. Enjoy!.

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“I will never regret my decision to study abroad and specifically with IES Abroad Granada. Thousands of years of history were at my fingertips and I made long lasting connections with students from Spain, China, and Vietnam while in Spain.”

Pearl A. (Granada - Study in Granada)