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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Language Courses Offered: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Spanish Language and Culture in Granada

Spain, Summer 2022

Granada Spain
Study abroad and learn Spanish in one of the most ancient and diverse cities in Spain! Discover Granada, overflowing with historical and architectural remnants of an illustrious past, a small city that provides an ideal setting for studying Spanish language and culture. Stroll the winding, cobble-stoned streets of the Albayzín; peek into Gypsy caves; wander the passageways of the Alhambra; or experience the flair of flamenco. Granada's tremendous history and culture transform the city into a veritable extension of the classroom. Its strategic location in Andalusia at the foot of the Sierra Nevada makes it an excellent hub for exploring Southern Spain. Don't miss this great opportunity to discover Granada, a city whose vibrant nightlife ranks it among the 3 most popular cities in all of Spain for college students studying abroad! Students will take Spanish classes at the Universidad de Granada. Field trips are planned to Alhambra and Generalife, Albayzin, Malaga, Royal Chapel and Cathedral, Seville, Sacromonte, and walking tours around Granada.

Program Highlights

  • Granada's tremendous history and culture transform the city into a veritable extension of the classroom.
  • Students take Spanish and culture courses at the Universidad de Granada.
  • Field Trips: Alhambra and Generalife, Albayzin, Malaga, Royal Chapel and Cathedral, Seville, Sacromonte, and walking tours around Granada.


This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.25
  • Course prerequisite: completion of SPAN 102, 110, 115, appropriate placement score, or permission of department.


6 credits

Students will enroll in two 3-credit courses, but placement will be based on proficiency and previous language study. Final enrollments will be determined after a placement exam taken in Granada. A maximum of 3 credits can be earned at the 400 level.

Course Options

These courses are normally taken in sequence (adjacent courses may be taken simultaneously):
  • SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 305: Spanish in Context I (pre or co requisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent)
  • SPAN 306: Spanish in Context II (pre or co requisite: SPAN 305 or equivalent)
  • SPAN 324: Study Abroad in Spanish (this course must be taken simultaneously with either 305, 306 or 315)
This course is designed for students with some home knowledge of Spanish:
  • SPAN 315: Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
These courses may be taken in any order after 306, 309 or 315:
  • SPAN 335: Latin American Culture and Literature
  • SPAN 336-1: Culture and Art of Spain (students may take two sections of 336, as content will be different)
  • SPAN 336-2: History and Geography of Spain
  • SPAN 336-3: Business Spanish
The following courses have a prerequisite of 370 AND either 385 or 390:
  • SPAN 461: Spanish Civilization and Culture*
  • SPAN 481: Sociolinguistic Issues in Spain*
*Permission of the Academic Director is required to take SPAN 461 and 481. Students may not take more than one 400-level course.

Program Dates

May 29, 2022 - June 30, 2022


Sample Itinerary*

May 29 Arrival in Granada. Students will meet their host families.
May 30 Spanish language placement exam and Orientation at Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM).
May 31 First day of classes!
June 1 Classes
June 2 No class (Corpus Christi holiday)
June 3 No class (Corpus Christi holiday)
June 6-29 Classes M-F, approximately 9am - 2pm
June 29 Last day of classes 
June 30 Departure from host families
There are 2 full-day excursions on Saturdays to Seville and Málaga (dates tentative). Students can optionally stay over (at their own expense) until Sunday. 
  • June 11 - Seville
  • June 25 - Málaga 
There are also 4 afternoon excursions within Granada (approximately 4PM), (dates tentative):
  • June 8 - Cathedral and Royal Chapel 
  • June 9 - The Alhambra & Generalife 
  • June 14 - Albacin
  • June 22 - Sacromonte
 * Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!
Summer 2021: $4,800

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Application Deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Accommodations (homestay)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Laundry one time per week
  • Guided tours & cultural excursions
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included
  • Airfare*
  • passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Other transportation
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.

  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance: 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2022


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor and/or the program director.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.  

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Carrie Bonilla Headshot
Name Carrie Bonilla
Phone 703-993-1220

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Harris
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/29/2022 06/30/2022

** 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.