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Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Medium Size City Academic Setting: Hybrid Program
Housing: Home Stay Degree: Undergraduate
Provider: Fordham University Host Institution: Universidad de Granada
Foreign Language Competency: Advanced, Intermediate Language of Instruction: Spanish
Field of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilization, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, Fine or Applied Arts, Foreign Languages, French Studies, Global Business, History, Humanities, International Political Economy, International Studies, Internship, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Natural Science, Philosophy, Physical or Life Sciences, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Studies, Visual Arts
Program Details:


"I know there is no straight road. no straight road in this world, only a giant labyrinth of intersecting crossroads." - Federico Garcia Lorca

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.


Spring 2018 Dates:

January 21. Trip to Nerja
January 22-23. Intensive Course
January 24. Registration/Advising
January 25-26 Program Orientation
January 27-30. Trip to Morocco
January 31. Visit Alhambra

February 1. Classes Begin.
February 28. No class at University.
Easter Holidays March 23 to April 1.
April 20-April 22. Trip to Portugal (TBC)
May 25. Last day of exams.
May 26. Students leave Granada. Program Ends.

NOTE:The following dates are subject to change


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.

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Language Immersion

Upon arrival and prior to the start university courses, participants will engage in an intensive language immersion program.

Tertulias / Workshops 

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.

Academic Internships (Programa de Prácticas) 

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



An integral component of these programs 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.


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

Unless otherwise specified Fordham's Granada program is open to undergraduates from any discipline currently seeking a degree at a US institution.

Applicants should be juniors during the term in which they will be abroad, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a clear disciplinary record.

Students who will be second semester sophomores during the term they will be abroad and who otherwise meet the requirements may apply to study in this program. Sophomore class dean approval will be required.

Non-Fordham students should have a conversation with the appropriate persons at their institution about their plans to study abroad with Fordham University.


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.


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 [Morocco Kids] 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. Spiritual retreats are also available.



Check out this blog to learn more about the Granada program from the perspective of recent Fordham University students! 

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
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/19/2018 05/26/2018

** 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.