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.
- 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.
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.
These courses are normally taken in sequence (adjacent courses may be taken simultaneously):
- SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
- SPAN 212: 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 Language Variation and Linguistic Diversity 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.
* 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.
May 30, 2021 - July 1, 2021
||Arrival in Granada. Students will meet their host families.
||Spanish language placement exam. Orientation at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM).
||First day of classes!
||No class (Corpus Christi holiday)
||No class (Corpus Christi holiday)
||Classes M-F, approximately 9am - 2pm
||Last day of classes
||Departure from host families
There are 2 full-day excursions on Saturdays (dates TBD) to Seville and Malaga. Students can optionally stay over (at their own expense) until Sunday.
There are also 4 afternoon excursions within Granada (approximately 4PM), (dates TBD):
- The Alhambra & Generalife
- Cathedral and Royal Chapel
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.
- Tuition for 6 credits,
- 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 in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, 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 and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program.
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.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.
A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021.
This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021
. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits
: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits" forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once the office of financial aid can review aid for this program.
* 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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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:
March 10, 2021
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.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February.
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.