Program courses

BSA program is open to all students regardless of their level of Spanish proficiency. The University of Granada CLM offers courses for students from beginner to advanced levels. In fact, many of these courses are transfer credit approved by US universities.

All students will be required to take a placement test that will determine the program of study for the rest of the term. During the first few weeks of Orientation, BSA program participants will take an intensive Spanish course in preparation for that exam. For the remainder of the semester, the program offers students language labs for extra support in grammar and conversation skills.

CLM-UGR Courses

Intensive Language Program (CILE)

This program is open to students of all levels of Spanish who wish to concentrate on improving their reading, writing and speaking skills. Students receive four hours of Spanish language instruction daily.  All beginning level students will be required to take this option.  This program can be taken at both semester program for 10 to 13sh/credits, and summer program for 6sh/credits.

Language and Culture Program (CLCE)

This program is for students who have typically completed the third or fourth semester of a college-level Spanish course (3 semester hours per course). Students at this level are required to take two Spanish language courses, and then complete their schedule with two or three other courses offered through the Curso de Lengua Cultura y Española. (One course offered can be a foreign language such as Arabic, Italian, French, etc. Or an Internship in Education or Social Work). Take a look at the courses here. Students will receive between 12 to 15 sh/credits.

Hispanic Studies Program (CEH)

This program is for students who typically have completed the fifth or sixth semester or higher of a college-level Spanish course  (3 semester hours per course). Students must take a Spanish language course, and then choose three or four courses from the Estudios Hispánicos offerings. (One course offered can be a foreign language such as Arabic, Italian, French, etc. Or an Internship in Education, Social Work, Shadowing in Hospitals or Business). Check the list of courses here.

Also, the students who are at a high advanced level may choose one or two courses from the University of Granada in the department of their choice, and complete their schedule with courses from the Estudios Hispánicos offerings. Students will receive between 12 to 15 sh/credits.

Internship Program

The Internship Program is designed for students who have a very goof idea of their professional plans and have the required level of Spanish. Therefore, students who have completed the 3rd or 4th semester of a college-level Spanish course, may participate in the Intrnship in Education and Social Work.

Those who have completed the 5th or 6th semester of a college-level Spanish course, may participate in Internship in Education, Social Work, Business and Internship in Hospitals.

Students will combine the 120 hours of the Internship course with the Spanish as a Foreign Language Program (CELE) for 60 hours during the whole semester. For this course, students will receive 12 sh/credits.

Students don´t need to select courses as they are fixed in the Internship program. They should also bring the certificates of Criminal Records and Sexual Offences by the FBI or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It is needed by law in order to work with minors. If you need more information about this program, please, let us know.

*To participate in an Internship in “Educational Institutions”, “Health Centers” or “Social Work” with minors, it is essential to provide the “Criminal record and sexual offences certificate” by the FBI or RCMP and with the Hague Apostille.

Intensive Language and Culture Program (CILYC)

This program, offered only in June, is designed for students who want to have a first contact with a new culture or can not spend a whole semester abroad. Students must have completed their third semester of a college-level Spanish to apply for it. Among the options, they can take a Spanish Language course and a content course such as Art, Spanish Civilization, History…. Or they can choose two content courses. Here you have the list of courses. Students receive 6sh/credits for this course.

Short term programs (STP)

This is a program designed for those students who want to have an Experiential Learning in Granada while taking a Spanish language class. Students will attend a 2 week intensive Spanish language course at the CLM along with lectures and activities and visits to different historical, cultural, artistic and business sites. Students do not need to have a specific level of Spanish to attend this course. Let us know if you need more information.

BSA Academic Courses

Besides the different CLM course offerings and programs, BSA also offers its own courses during a semester abroad.

Orientation for a meaningful semester

This is a course that aims to facilitate the cultural and linguistic integration of students in Granada, in a conscious way. BSA will support students with meetings, activities and reflective essays that they will have to complete during the semester.

During the first two weeks in Granada, students will take an Intensive Spanish course at the CLM in preparation to the placement test for their regular semester classes. Tours and cultural activities during those weeks will help them to get to know the culture of Spain. The meetings will inform them about all aspects concerning their life in Granada: classes, internships, accommodation, health and security, trips… And also they will be informed about the activities and assignments required for this course that they will have to perform along the semester.

Students will have individual meetings and intercultural group sessions during the semester to assimilate the whole process of integration. A final result of the overall experience will shared in a final presentation.

BSA Cultural Seminar (Optional credit beared)

We want our students learn and understand the most outstanding aspects of the culture of Spain and Granada. Thanks to the “learning by doing” methodology, we will facilitate students interaction and discussion in class of the topics we will introduce through different conferences. Examples of them are Easter, bullfighting, or olive oil.
BSA offers its students complementary activities related to some of the topics. This way students will have the opportunity to go see a flamenco performance or participate in an olive oil tasting.

(If students want to obtain credits for this course, they should check with their home institutions before the start of the program).

BSA Language labs or “Tutorías” (no credit beared)

Students will have weekly language labs to help them enhance the classes, either to reinforce what they learned in class or to fill gaps in the language learning. Some labs will focus in Grammar, others in Conversation, Production, etc. Students will also have the option to request open hours for specific questions or curiosities.

This table shows the equivalences of the levels according to the UGR – CLM and the Common European Frame Reference (CEFR).

9 ProficiencyC2
8 SuperiorC1
7 Upper AdvancedB2.2
6 AdvancedB2.1
5 Upper IntermediateB1.2
4 IntermediateB1.1
3 Lower IntermediateA2+
2 ElementaryA2
1 BeginnerA1

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