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  • Locations: Granada, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing: Flat/Apartment, Homestay Eligible Population: 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: Marketing, Political Philosophy, Art History, Spanish, Education Studies, Film and Video Studies, Health and Social Policy, History
Program Description:

Granada Semester Experience

Spain, Spring 2022

Spain Granada Semester Exp
The program begins with a week of online instruction, taught by the Faculty Director, prior to going to Spain. The course will continue in Granada through February. For Spring 2022 course taught by the Faculty Director is Multilingual Europe: Nations, identities & politics. The course includes an introduction to the sociopolitics of language and multilingualism in Europe, although with a particular focus on Spain. Field trips to Madrid and Barcelona are included.  (3 credits) Upon arriving in Granada in January, all students will have two weeks of intensive Spanish instruction, taught by Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) staff, and then chose from a variety of language, history, culture and politics courses taught by University of Granada faculty.  The specific course level is determined by a CLM-administered placement test. Cultural visits within Granada are included (3 credits).

Program Highlights

  • Earn 18 credits during one semester
  • Immersive yourself in Spanish language and culture
  • Local site visits as well as field trips to other regions of Spanish
  • Study at one of Europe’s oldest universities
  • Option to take courses in English while also learning Spanish
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities (with sufficient Spanish proficiency)
  • Live with a local host family or in a student residence


18 credits

Students will enroll in 18 credits for the semester. All students will take an intensive Spanish language course (3 credits) and Academic Director course (3 credits) before the University of Granada's semester start date.  Additional courses will be chosen from the offerings at Centro de Lenguas Modernas. Below is a breakdown of how students will earn 18 credits for the semester program: 
  • One course with Mason faculty (beginning with 1 week online prior to travel; rest onsite) = 3 credits 
  • Two-week intensive language course at University of Granada | Centro de Lenguas Modernas = 3 credits
  • Semester courses at University of Granada | Centro de Lenguas Modernas = 12 credits 


This program is open to undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.

In addition to the intensive language course and Academic Director course, students will receive twelve credits from semester courses taught by Centro de Lenguas Modernas at the University of Granada. There are two tracks for those courses, depending on what level of SPAN you have completed prior to the program start date. 
    • SPAN 101 or equivalent
    • SPAN 306, SPAN 315, or equivalent
    • Sufficient score on CLM placement exam

Anticipated Course Options*

  • Course offerings:
    • Mason course: Multilingual Spain and Europe: Nations, identities & politics (cross-listed: FRLN 385/SPAN 323, other equivalencies possible)
    • Intensive Language course: SPAN 101, 102, 201, 210, 315, 325, 326, 335, 336

In addition to the FRLN 385 course (taught by Mason faculty) and the 2-week intensive language course, students choose between Option A or Option B, depending on prerequisites: 
    • Students must take two Spanish language courses (6 credits)
    • Students choose two electives taught in English (6 credits).
      • Options include courses on Spanish art, film, history, literature, politics, and demography; international marketing; the Arab world; health sciences, etc.
    • Students may substitute one of the English courses for a language course in another modern language (Arabic, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc.) (3 credits)
    • Students must take two Spanish language courses (6 credits).
    • Students choose two electives in Spanish or English (6 credits).
      • Options include courses on Spanish art, film, history, literature, politics, and demography; international marketing; the Arab world; health sciences, etc.
    • Students also have the option of an internship in educational settings or community service in place of one of the electives.
    • Students may substitute one elective for a language course in another modern language (Arabic, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc.) (3 credits) 

Program Dates*

January 3 – May 27, 2022


October 10 Application and $200 Deposit Deadline
October 20 First payment of $2500 due (or Intent to Use Financial Aid form)
November 10 Final balance due (or Confirmation of Financial Aid form)
Early December (TBD) Mandatory pre-departure orientation
January 3-7  Pre-travel online Academic Director course
January 8 Arrival in Granada
January 9 Placement exam with Centro de Lenguas Mondernas
January 11 – January 24   Two-week intensive Spanish instruction, led by Centro de Lenguas Modernas
January 25 – 31 Mason Academic Director course (continued from pre-travel)
Month of February Mason Academic Director course, in person, one time a week for 2 hours
February – May  Centro de Lenguas Modernas courses (12 hours)
TBD Spring Break week
May 27 Program ends. Housing Move-out
* 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

Spring 2022: Coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 18 credits. Accommodations, Program excursions to Madrid and Barcelona, Site visits in Granada, and 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, most meals, 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 be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

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.

Application Deposit: 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.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by November 20th in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by December 10th. 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 their 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 "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* 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:

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:

October 10 


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.

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.

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

Application instructions:

Academic Director

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Name Jennifer Leeman

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Alexandra Wallace
Phone 703-993-3082

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.