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  • Locations: Granada, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Language of instruction: English, Spanish Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Art History, Biology, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Film, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Humanities, International Relations, Internships, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid Language level: Spanish 2, 22, or the equivalent, Spanish 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
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Granada - Study in Granada

Program Overview

Many travelers who visit Granada insist it's the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain's unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, Granada is also a youthful city with a vibrant student life that will make meeting new friends even easier—Granada awaits!

Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve your Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program.

Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce you to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

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Why Granada?

Prepare to be mesmerized by Granada's grand Moorish architecture and Muslim influences. This energetic city is also known for its youthful population. Enjoy wandering aimlessly around the city's narrow, winding streets in the warm weather and take in the sights and sounds of this great city.

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

Scholarships & aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $5+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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Academic Program
Students enroll in courses taught at the IES Center and/or the Universidad de Granada for a total of 15-19 credits per semester (3.75-4.75 Pomona credits).

Intermediate Program
  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 6 IES credits)
  • IES Abroad English-taught area studies courses (required, 3 IES credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (optional, pending language placement results, 3 IES credits)
  • Universidad de Granada English-taught courses (optional, 3 IES credits each, max 2 courses).

Advanced Program
  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4 IES credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (required, pending language placement results, 3 IES credits)
  • Universidad de Granada Spanish-taught courses (1 required, 3 IES credits each, max 2 courses).
  • Highly advanced students may substitute a Spanish linguistics or literature course for the language course.
  • Students in the advanced program may not enroll in courses taught in English.


Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Spain.

Students may take only one IES course on a CR/NC basis. Students may not take the required Spanish language course on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students have the option of selecting a homestay or a residence hall with Spanish university students. Students in homestays will receive 14 meals/week and those in residence halls will have a meal plan (ranging from 17 to 21 meals per week).

Number of Students
IES enrolls approximately 100 students. The university has approximately 47,000 undergraduate students, approximately 9% of whom are international students.

Host Institutions
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Universidad de Granada

Faculty Liaison
David Divita

  • Intermediate Program: Completion of Spanish 2, or the equivalent.
  • Advanced Program: Completion of Spanish 44, or the equivalent.
  • A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program.

Student Experiences
Read about more student experiences on the IES Granada program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/08/2024 10/04/2024 01/21/2025 05/17/2025