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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing: 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
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:

Granada Semester Experience

Spain, Spring 2022

Spain Granada Semester Exp

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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 


Program Introduction by Jennifer Leeman, PhD


In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits. at the time of departure 
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure 
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time. 
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason 


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 

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 (credits listed below are options for the Academic Director course)
      • FRLN 385
      • SPAN 323
    • Intensive Language course (credits listed below are options for the two-week 3-credit intensive language course):
      • SPAN 101
      • SPAN 102
      • SPAN  201
      • SPAN  210
      • SPAN  315
      • SPAN  325
      • SPAN  326
      • SPAN  335
      • SPAN  336

In addition to the Multilingual Span and Europe 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) 

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study 
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Registration Process 
Registration at Centro de Lenguas Modernas at the University of Granada: occurs online a few weeks before the semester starts. As part of the application process, students will be asked to complete an enrollment system, which will also ask students to identify which courses they wish to take at Granada. Students will select a total of 4 courses (or 12 credit hours), as listed in Option A or Option B above. Students can select Centro de Lenguas Modernas courses (link here). If the course is not in CERS, students can request equivalency through the system. 

Registration at Mason: Before your semester begins, in Patriot Web you will be registered in the Academic Director’s course (3-credits), GEOC 150 (0-credits, fulfills Mason Core: Global Understanding), and a ZREG placeholder (12 credits). Once you have arrived in Italy, and are past the add-drop period, your FUA courses will be added to Patriot web and the placeholder will be removed.

Program Dates*

January 3 – May 27, 2022


October 10 Application and $200 Deposit Deadline
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.


Students who participate in the Granada Semester Experience will be housed with local families in the area. This type of accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and laundry once a week. Students will have single rooms.

Program Cost

Spring 2022: $13,000

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 Fee for this course. 

  • Application deposit 
  • Tuition for 18 credits and mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Program excursions to Madrid and Barcelona
  • Site visits in Granada
  • Pre-departure Orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • Personal spending 
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations
  • 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

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 payment 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.

Note: 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: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits. 

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

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Name Jennifer Leeman

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Allie Wallace (she/her)
Phone 703-993-3082

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 10/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2022 05/27/2022

** 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.