Semester in Spain: The Granada Program

The Granada Program fall 2013


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5 September - 4 December 2014

The Program

The Granada Program is a semester-long program that takes place from September to December. The program is divided into two five-week sessions plus a ten-day intercession in Madrid, followed by a nine-day travel break. Students will study Spanish language at the world renowned Spanish language institutes: Enforex and Don Quijote Schools. 

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Experience Granada

The Location

After the Christians took back the city of Granada in 1492 from Boabdil, the last Moorish king, he looked back and wept as he left the city. Anyone who has visited Granada can understand how Boabdil felt. As you look down from the Alhambra’s huge “Torre de la Vela” or Watchtower you'll marvel at the beauty of the Alhambra’s citadel, palaces and the city of Granada. 

A captivating Andalusian city of more than 300,000 people, Granada lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 36 kilometers (22 miles) from the most southerly ski resort in Europe. Seventy kilometers (43 miles) to the south of the city lies the Mediterranean Sea with its attractive Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol beaches. Situated in a wide plain (“la vega”), Granada is surrounded by adjoining hills where the unique districts of the Albayzin and Sacromonte can be explored. Visitors to the city will also marvel at the citadel, palaces and gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife.

Granada, the cradle of many diverse cultures, was home to important prehistoric settlements, including the Phoenician, Iberian, Roman, Visigoth and Arab civilizations. To this day, the Moorish majesty of the Alhambra Citadel and Palaces dominate the city. Opposite the Alhambra, the Albayzin, a labyrinth of steep streets with secluded villas (“carmenes”), leads to the San Nicolas’ Mirador. Here the view of the Alhambra at sunset is nothing less than magical. The Albayzin gypsies’ quarter and the Sacromonte’s caves with their small restaurants and Flamenco stages (“tablaos”) witness to a lively past, celebrated by poets and musicians such as Lorca, Falla, Hemingway and Washington Irving. Granada’s beautiful monuments and narrow Andalusian streets, in which the Arab influence exists side by side with Christian, Renaissance, Baroque and modern architecture, continue to inspire and enchant artists, intellectuals and travelers.

The Opportunities

Sixty thousand university students make Granada (home to the third largest university in Spain) a vibrant young city and an excellent choice for those with an appetite for both modern student life and age-old Spanish traditions. Add to all this the hospitality of its people, its lively student atmosphere, its vibrant cultural life. Granada is home to international festivals of music and dance, theatre, jazz, local public fiestas, the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones, the Science Park, the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, the Arab baths, the nightly flamenco shows and innumerable “tapas” restaurants, and you have the ideal location to live and learn.

Weekends and free days are ideal to visit, explore and enjoy some important, beautiful cities around Granada. Jaén, with its beautiful 16th century renaissance cathedral, its 11th century Arabic Baths and its castle, captured by King Ferdinand III from Moors in the 13th century, is less than an hour away. Cordoba, capital of the ancient Caliphate, with its eighth-century Arab Great Mosque (la “Mezquita”), the 14th century Jewish synagogue and Christian palace-fortress (“el Alcazar”), is an hour and a half by car or bus. Sevilla, famous capital city of Andalusia, with its legendary Giralda, the Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Gold Tower and the beautiful “Maestranza” bullring, is about two hours away. Málaga, the hometown of Picasso and Antonio Banderas, offers important museums, a port and beaches, and is just 80 miles away. Several small costal towns like Almuñecar, Nerja and Frigiliana offer an unparalleled beauty and tranquility.

For active students who like sports, there are a good number of water sports such as swimming, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and waterskiing. Other sports include soccer, golf, tennis, squash, horse riding, skiing and hiking. Excursions through the Alpujarras and alpine mountaineering are also enjoyable. Sierra Nevada's highest peak, Mulhacén, is 3,481 meters (11, 420) feet above sea level.

Experience the Cultures of Spain

The Granada Program is a great occasion to experience all aspects of life in Spain. Granada’s many festivals and cultural activities offer local “granaínos” and everyone in the city many opportunities to celebrate, enjoy, interact and be together. Granada’s personality, a city of young people, has become a choice location for many international students from many countries who choose Granada to study and experience life in a very special manner. Because of its historical past, the city is imbued with the Christian, Muslim and Jewish rich cultural background which can be experienced when visiting shops, palaces and places of worship or when simply walking its ancient streets and modern avenues.

Our Granada program has been designed so that participating students will also live in Madrid and experience it. For ten days students will take classes where the setting will not be so much the classroom but museums, monuments, streets, restaurants, parks, etc. The Granada Programs has built in several excursions and visits. Apart from visits to this magic city, other excursions include a visit to Sevilla, the capital of south Spain, and an optional visit to Morocco in North Africa.

A Learning Experience

The Academic Program - Students will enroll for a full course load of 15 semester hours. No prior study in Spanish is required for participation in the program.

Spanish Courses

Four Spanish courses must be taken for a total of 12 credit hours in Spanish. These courses emphasize language acquisition, communication and culture, and are offered at all levels by the Enforex and Don Quijote language institutes. Levels are assigned according to students’ knowledge and experience in the language.

Art Course taught in English 

Students will also take a three hour course in art appreciation or art history. 

Class offerings depend on faculty availability and student enrollment.

Program availability subject to student enrollment.


Dr. Christopher J. Miles, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, and Dr. Rafael Sánchez, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, and former chair of the Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern Mississippi, are program co-directors.

In past years other faculty in the Granada Program have come from institutional members of the Granada consortium as well as from the Universities of Granada, Jaén, Málaga and Murcia, and the renowned Enforex and Don Quijote language schools.

Living in Granada

Students participating in the Semester in Granada live in a centrally located residence, 20 minute walking distance from classes. The Granada residence is fully air-conditioned and features private in-room bathroom, free wi-fi in room and general areas, in-room telephones, separate smoking and non-smoking areas in dining and living rooms, satellite TV, video and stereo in the living rooms, fully equipped shared kitchen, washing machines and dryers. 

For further information about the residence visit their website.

The last month in Granada, students live with Spanish families to practice their language skills and be more immersed in the Spanish culture.

Funding Your Experience

Granada Program Costs

The price of the Granada Program is: $8,799 for undergraduate credit/$8,999 for graduate credit

The program fees cover tuition, fees, Spanish textbooks, Internet, housing (two persons per room in student "Residencias" in Granada and in Madrid –individual rooms are available for an additional monthly fee-, and last month lodging in Granada with Spanish families), halfboard (media pension = breakfast and supper) or full-board (three meals for an additional fee), a visit to the Alhambra palaces, a city tour of Granada, visit to another museum in Granada, trip by bus from Granada to Madrid, day excursions to Toledo and El Escorial, visits to museums for Art class in Madrid, metro/bus pass in Madrid.

Program does not include flight to Spain, travel, food and lodging expenses during break period, plus any other personal expenses. 

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid and loans that apply to their studies at home may also apply these to study in the Semester in Granada Program. Many scholarships are also applicable. Students are advised to begin the financial aid process well in advance of payment deadlines. For more information regarding financial aid, contact Southern Miss International Programs, 601.266.4344.

Important Information


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Education and the Semester in Granada Director.

Application Procedures

  • Complete an online application
  • Submit a $250 deposit to:
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    The Granada Program
    118 College Drive #5069
    Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001
  • Priority deadline for application submitted and deposit mailed/called in: 11 July 2014.
  • All fees are due 25 July 2014, unless proof of full financial aid is provided. 
  • All non-Southern Miss Students, send an official transcript to the address above.
  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as space is limited. Applications of qualified candidates will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 25 July 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified of all cancellations. 

Assistance and Information

Ms. Luisa Baez, Co-Director
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 601.266.4964

Dr. Christopher Miles. Co-Director
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
Phone: 601.266.4964

If you are a consortium university student, please check with your home study-abroad office for instructions.


"Give him alms, woman, for nothing is worse in life than to be blind in Granada."

"Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada."
-Francisco Alarcón de Icaza

Granada was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site!