Fordham in Granada seeks to provide an exceptional opportunity for students to learn Spanish 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.
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. The other courses, one of which is a Spanish language course, will be taken at Universidad de Granada’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas. 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 intense language immersion program.
Students and Dr. Lamas reqularely 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.
Programa de Prácticas (internships). Coordinated by the University of Granada, students enroll in a course which includes an important service-learning component in schools, companies, or NGO’s.
Fordham in Granada organizes short workshops conducted by leading professionals. Past workshops were devoted to Creative Writing, Journalism, and Cooking.
Fordham in Granada’s office 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.
An integral component of these programs is the full immersion living arrangement. Semester and Summer 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.
During the Spring program, 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.
Social Engagement & Mission
Students have also the opportunity to make a difference by engaging in charitable activities and social service organized by the Jesuit community of Granada.
Must have completed an advanced-level course of Spanish - equivalent to SPAN 2001 for Fordham students
Must be enrolled in an appropriate Spanish course in the semester prior to departure
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Check out this blog to learn more about the Granada program from the perspective of recent Fordham University students!
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: Dates provided are tentative only. Please confirm with program administrator or email ISAP@fordham.edu.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.