Semester Program

Students can earn up to 21 credits in the Semester program, 18 certified by means of an official academic transcript from the University of Granada. The other 3 credits will depend on an agreement between BSA and the student home institution.

BSA program is open to all students regardless of their level of Spanish proficiency. Through the University of Granada’s CLM we offer courses for students from beginner to advanced levels.

Students are required to take a placement test to determine the program of study for the rest of the term. The test is online and a prior to the students arrival to the program. During the first few weeks of Orientation, BSA semester program participants will take an intensive Spanish course in preparation for the semester classes. For the remainder of the semester, the program offers students language labs for extra support in grammar and conversation skills.

CLM-UGR Courses

Orientation for a meaningful semester

Only during the Semester program, this course aims to facilitate the cultural and linguistic integration of students in Granada. For this reason, BSA will organize meetings, activities and reflective essays that they will have to complete during the semester.

During the first weeks in Granada, students will take an Intensive Spanish course at the CLM in preparation for the classes for the rest of the semester. In addition, tours and cultural activities during those weeks will help them to get to know the culture of Spain. The meetings will inform students about all aspects concerning their life in Granada: classes, internships, accommodation, health and security, trips… BSA will also explain the activities and options for experiential learning that are also included in this courese. For instance, the fact that students will have to spend one hour a week in a group. This group can be a social work organization, sport team, or artistic group..

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 be shared in a final presentation.

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, making a total of 200 hours of class in the Fall and 280 hours in the Spring semester.  All beginning level students will be required to take this option.  This program can be taken at both semester program, and in the summer program. I

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. Besides, they 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). This said, students spend 45 hours of class instruction per course. Take a look at the options here.

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). As in the previous program, students spend 45 hours of class instruction per course. 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, and complete their schedule with courses from the Estudios Hispánicos offerings.

Internship Program

The Internship Program is designed for students who have a very good 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 120 hours of the Internship course with a Spanish Intensive Language Course of 60 hours during the whole semester program.

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.

Short term programs

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 at least 2 weeks of intensive Spanish language course at the CLM along with lectures, activities and visits to different sites. Students do not need to have a specific level of Spanish to attend this course. Since this is an customized program, the number of credits granted will depend on the length of time the student chooses to enroll. Let us know if you need more information.

BSA Academic Courses

Students only in a semester program, can add extra redits to the overall amount of credits transfered by the University of Granada. Their home institution may certified these credits upon an agreement with BSA.

BSA Cultural Seminar

We want our students learn and understand the most outstanding aspects of the culture of Spain and Granada. As a result, we think that with 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 Experiential Learning

An Experiential Learning opportunity with BSA facilitates students to integrate into the culture of Granada. By means of participating in volunteer work, sports of arts, students of all levels of Spanish language, are able to be part of a group or organization while studying abroad. Those who want to obtain credit for this option, will have to complete the reflective aspect of the course. In this link you will be able to get more information about areas of integration. If you need more information, please, contact us.

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

And this picture shows the equivalences between the CEFR ACTFL according to *Martinez Baztan, A. (2008)

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