Spain Program


The Spain Program is designed for those seeking to develop considerable fluency in Spanish while studying the historical and contemporary cultural diversity of Spain through a variety of disciplines such as history, art and literature.

The program is based in Granada, Andalucía. While Granada has been an urban center since about the 5th century BCE, much of its cultural and historical legacy comes from the Nazrid emirate during the 13th‐16th centuries, a community in which cultural diversity (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) thrived. Contemporary Granada is the epicenter of the emerging Andalusian Renaissance in which the city is again celebrating its multicultural inheritance and continuing diverse demography, including viable populations Romani, North Africans and Latin Americans.

Students will live with and take all meals with Spanish families in Granada throughout the program. Living with host families enhances the language acquisition process and reinforces the cultural immersion experience.

There will be many opportunities to travel to various locations in Spain, both with the group and independently. Group day excursions in and around Granada will include the Alpujarras region, as well as the cities of Córdoba and Sevilla. Overnight trips may include Madrid and the Castilian region, Barcelona/Catalunya and Mérida/Extremadura. A trip to Andalusian Morocco is also planned.


Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course

Students accepted for participation in the program are required to participate in the Cross-Cultural Explorations I course prior to departure. CCEI will prepare the students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, lectures, and discussions with faculty and former participants of the program. Upon returning to campus, students will participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations II, a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. 

Students receive one credit hour each for the CCEI and CCEII courses, and credit is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.

Courses and Credits

All students will participate in an intensive language course in January.  Students will then be evaluated and placed into appropriate courses for their level of proficiency in Spanish.  All students will take an Andalusian Literature and Cultural Studies course, and all will participate in a Socratic "Tertulia Intercultural" (intercultural colloquium) that includes a required internship, field study or ethnographic project.  In addition, students will be able to choose courses which are offered through the Modern Languages Center.  Students who demonstrate a superior language proficiency may be allowed to take one course directly from the University of Granada.  All students will receive AWPE credit for walking.  Students who enroll in an Art or Music course will fulfill the Earlham College A-HT General Education requirement.  Courses that may fulfill other General Education requirements must be petitioned prior to the program.

Academic Programs



The program will cost the same as one semester of on-campus charges. The program covers academic and educational costs, and includes field excursions and other group activities as well as room and board while on the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 is required after acceptance into the program, which is a part of the total cost. Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or GLCA-recognized off-campus program during their college career.

Additional Cost

Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, visa expenses, personal expenses such as books, passport, and costs for the independent travel period during breaks. A passport is necessary for travel to Spain.


Students are responsible for arranging flights to and from Spain.


The language requirement for the program is Spanish 301 or the equivalent. It is strongly suggested that students take or audit Spanish 456 (Peninsular narrative) offered in the fall semester. Undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply. Majors from all disciplines are welcome.


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