Fordham in Granada: Universidad de Granada

Location: Granada, Spain

Students explore the community and rich culture of Granada through interviews with locals and visits to special sites throughout the city.

Student in Granada

Fordham in Granada seeks to provide an exceptional opportunity for students to learn Spanish language and culture in context. Distinguished professors from Fordham University and the University of Granada deliver quality instruction in small class sizes. Individualized tutoring is offered to each participant to aid in the adjustment to the new academic setting. Participation in a number of cultural events, excursions, and trips conducted by professors with expertise in literature and the arts will complement the rigorous course work.

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“I was fully enveloped in an environment where mainly Spanish was spoken so that helped me to better learn the language. I can now understand expressions in conversations that I've never learned in an American classroom. I also feel more comfortable having conversations with strangers. “
— Arielle Murray, Spring 2017

Program Details

Location

The city of Granada, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and the world. It is also the hometown of Federico García Lorca and a center of flamenco culture. The Alhambra Palace, the Sacromonte and Albacín neighborhoods, the Cathedral, and the numerous Baroque churches of the city are testimonies of a rich past, which continues to be alive through its vibrant university community.

Academics

Eligibility: Students must currently be enrolled in one course above SPAN 2001 or the equivalent at the time of applying for the Fordham in Granada semester program. 

Students are required to take five courses while in Granada. One of the five courses, “Spain in Context” is taught by the Fordham in Granada Director, Dr. Rafael Lamas. This course is open exclusively to program participants, and counts towards the Spanish and Communications major/minor and fulfills the ICC core requirement for Fordham students.

The other courses, one of which is a Spanish language course, will be taken at Universidad de Granada’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas.

CLM Course Offerings S17
CLM Syllabi S16

Depending on the students’ academic interests and language proficiency, up to two courses may be taken in one of the Universidad de Granada’s many departments (Facultades), which include but are not limited to the following: Art History, Business, Communications, Culture, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Language, Literature, Music and Politics. Participants may also take a course at the Conservatorio de Música de Granada.

Upon arrival and prior to the start university courses, participants will engage in an intensive language immersion program. Students and Dr. Lamas regularly host prominent Spanish figures (artists, writers, musicians, professionals) and discuss the various developments within that person’s field. Past guests included artist José Freixanes, writer Andrés Neuman and Laura García Lorca director of the Federico García Lorca Foundation. Fordham in Granada organizes short interactive workshops conducted by leading professionals. Past workshops were devoted to Creative Writing, Journalism, and Cooking.

Coordinated by the University of Granada, students can enroll in a credit-bearing course which includes an important service-learning component in schools, companies, or NGO’s.

Housing

An integral component of this program is the full immersion living arrangement. Participants will live with a Granadan family for the semester. Homestay families provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a supportive environment for participants to acclimate to their new surroundings. Families are carefully selected by the Universidad de Granada in consultation with Dr. Rafael Lamas, Director of Fordham in Granada.

Student Services

Fordham in Granada is centrally located and close to the Universidad de Granada. Participants are offered individualized tutoring services and can expect their academic progress to be closely followed and guided by program staff. Intercambio (conversation exchange activities) are also coordinated through this office as well as through the CLM. All program participants have Universidad de Granada insurance, and are granted access to all Universidad de Granada facilities.

Participants will engage in a number of cultural excursions within Granada as well as take short trips to other parts of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. In previous terms, students visited Sevilla, Córdoba, Nerja, Ronda, Guadix, Cabo de Gata, Portugal’s Algarve region, and Morocco where they met with local students and lived with Moroccan families.