Study Abroad Program Overview
The University of Granada (UGR) is a major intellectual center for southern Spain and maintains its unique and vibrant atmosphere amid the beauty of Andalusia. You may pursue a variety of majors here and find particularly interesting offerings in Arabic, Jewish, and Islamic studies. Given its setting, Granada is an obvious choice for historians; the university also offers Spain's most respected programs in psychology and has a variety of impressive new research centers for biotechnology and other science and technology fields.
While attending university in Granada, you can enjoy the architectural splendor and extensive services of a modern European city, but at a much less intense pace (and less cost) than Madrid or Barcelona. Nestled against the Sierra Nevada, Granada is a great site for winter sports and it is only an hour away from the Mediterranean Sea. The easy accessibility of beautiful countryside and the rich cultural heritage of the region combine to make Granada the perfect site to study abroad.
Students who would like to begin their program early can opt to start with the summer Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Cádiz
. The pre-ILP is also helpful for fall or year students who feel they may benefit from additional language preparation.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The program begins with a three-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP). During the semester, Spanish language study is available but not required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid-February
late August to mid-July
Pre-ILP + Year
mid-July to mid-July
Students participating in the fall option will not return in time for the winter quarter / spring semester at UC.
You may extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year. You will need to plan in advance for your visa.
During the ILP, students live in single rooms in the Colegio Mayor Isabel la Católica. After the ILP, students find their own housing with assistance from UCEAP Study Center staff. Students may live in an apartment, private home, boarding house, or colegio mayor
(university residence) with international students, other UC students, or Spanish students. UCEAP Study Center staff will provide a list of apartments that have been rented by previous UCEAP participants. In addition, University of Granada student monitores
will be available to help UCEAP students negotiate rents and agree to rental terms.More information on housing
The UCEAP Study Center in Granada organizes guided visits to various historical and cultural sites as well as a flamenco workshop. Other excursions and cultural events available around the city are advertised in a weekly paper published by the University of Granada. More adventurous students will appreciate Granada's ideal location -- only 37 miles from the coast and 20 miles from the mountains -- while those looking for volunteerships can find opportunities through the University's Center for Development Cooperation Initiatives.
Students will embark on a four day student and cultural exchange program in Morocco during the fall semester. This online video
put together by past participants offers you a brief look at what you can expect in Granada and Morocco!
Picture yourself in Spain
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The Granada Study Center staff members have been with the program for many years, and the UC faculty director visits frequently from Barcelona. Together they help students integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.Meet our staff...
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program.
Regular university courses in most academic disciplines are available at the University of Granada (UGR). Offerings are scattered across all facultades, and at UGR, it is easiest to locate courses by areas of study (degrees or grados).
Many students take courses in the following fields:
- Artes y Humanidades: Spanish literature (Filología Hispánica, Lenguas Modernas y sus Literaturas, or Literaturas Comparadas), and history (Historia)
- Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas: anthropology (Antropología Social y Cultural), education (Pedagogía), political science (Ciencias Políticas), sociology (Sociología)
- Ciencias de la Salud: psychology (Psicología)
- Ciencias: environmental studies (Ciencias Ambientales).
Because of growing internationalization and plurilinguism efforts at the university, students interested in the field of primary-school education
will find that there are a selection of courses taught in English each year. UGR also has excellent offerings in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Estudios Árabes e Islámicos
), and STEM fields (found in the fields of Ciencias
, Ciencias de la Salud
, and Ingeniería y Arquitectura
Students who wish to continue enhancing their Spanish language skills are welcome to enroll in the "master tutorial" courses organized by the UCEAP Study Center.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- Undergraduate Degrees (in Spanish)
In order to find syllabi (guías docentes), you will need to follow the links for "Información Académica," to "Plan de Estudios" for each degree
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be available at the host university and not all courses cataloged may be offered each term.
- Academic Information in the Program Guide
All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3-5 quarter/2-3.3 semester UC units are required; one language course.
Term: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units are required each semester; minimum of four courses.
Most UGR courses are worth 6 quarter units (equivalent to 4 semester units of UC credit). Units taken during the pre-ILP
and ILP do not count toward the semester minimum unit requirement. All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Opportunities for independent study, research and internships are available on this program. Arrangements are generally made at the UCEAP Study Center after arrival in Spain. Consult with the program coordinator, the UC faculty director, as well as your individual professors, early in the program to discuss possible options.
University of Granada
After a period of considerable growth in the 1980s, the University of Granada (UGR) evolved into a major intellectual and cultural nexus for southern Spain. UGR has facultades devoted to the fields of humanities, fine arts, law, political science, medicine, pharmacology translation, education, labor, economics, and the natural sciences, and draws Spanish students from throughout the world to its highly touted programs in psychology and social sciences. The facultades are scattered around the city amid vestiges of Iberian, Roman, Arab, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic history that have shaped Granada’s architecture, social tone, and patterns of everyday life. UCEAP’s Study Center in Granada is well placed to offer advice and other support to students making their way around this excellent university.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Pre-ILP + Fall||32||30.5||20.3||$13,900||$6,750|
|Pre-ILP + Year||52||48.5||32.3||$20,050||$10,050|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Granada
- Intensive language program instruction, room and board, and pool access
- Room and board during the remainder of the program
- Guided visits to the Sacromonte and Albaicín, the Alhambra and Generalife, the Cathedral, and the home of Federico García Lorca
- Excursion to Los Cahorros
- Flamenco workshop
- Participation in language exchange with Spanish students
- On-site orientation for academics and local culture
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of the 5th quarter or 3rd semester of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed above. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed above. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 5 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* Students with less than 2 years of University-level Spanish language must enroll in the summer Pre-ILP.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: