Arcadia in Granada
In cooperation with Universidad de Granada and its world-renowned Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM), Arcadia provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture of Granada, one of Spain's most historic and architecturally-unique cities. Originally a Moorish stronghold, Granada combines the cultures and traditions of a number of diverse populations, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
The Universidad de Granada boasts a large, internationalized student population, and the city draws tourists from all around the world. To help contextualize this diverse socioeconomic cultural landscape, students will enroll in a mandatory "cornerstone course" which focuses on Granada's recent transformations linked to international migration.
Affiliate Program Pre-Departure Guide
In addition to the required cornerstone course, students can choose from a wide variety of courses, some taught in English, others in Spanish such as Spanish culture, art, history, politics, economics, business, music, geography and more. While there is no minimum language requirement, students will be sorted into one of three tracks based on their proficiency, as determined by the assessment conducted at the CLM during orientation.
Beginner Spanish Track
Appropriate for students who have completed zero to three courses of college level Spanish or the equivalent.
Intermediate Spanish Track
- Students pursue three 3-credit electives from the CLM offerings in English
Appropriate for students who have completed four to five courses of college level Spanish or the equivalent.?
Advanced Spanish Track
- Students pursue three 3-credit electives from the CLM offerings in English and Spanish
- Students who place in this track can choose to pursue an internship course (including 120 hours of embedded placement time) in Education
Appropriate for students who have completed six or more courses of college level Spanish or the equivalent.
- Students pursue four 3-credit electives from the CLM offerings in Spanish
- Students who place in this track can choose to pursue an internship course (including 120 hours of embedded placement time) in Education, Business or Health Centers
Students must be enrolled in four courses to maintain full-time status.
Housing & Meals
Hollins students will be housed in local homestays, where three meals will be provided every day. Homestays are centrally located to the Arcadia University program center and CLM, and both can be reached by bus or on foot. One or two participants are assigned to each home, according to the preferences and restrictions provided by students on their housing forms.
Internships and Pre-Session Spanish Instruction
Students with a high enough proficiency in Spanish can elect to participate in an internship while in Granada. Internships will be accompanied by a 15-hour credit-bearing seminar, and are available for Education, Business or Health majors.
There is also a pre-session intensive language course available for an additional course and housing fees. While optional, students looking to enroll in courses available at the intermediate or advanced track levels might consider enrolling to improve language proficiency. The pre-session course is worth worth 5 credits during the Fall semester and 4 credits for Spring and is available to all students.
Other Program Features
The Arcadia program in Granada includes Activities, events and site visits organized by local staff help you to learn outside the classroom. The excursion to nearby Morocco is included in the cost of the program, and is a component of the mandatory cornerstone course.
What is Included in the Comprehensive Fee
- orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
- comprehensive health insurance while abroad
- program handbook and other materials
- International Student ID Card
- program-organized excursion to Morocco
- roundtrip airfare
- books and other course-related expenses
- personal expenses including independent travel
- optional pre-session intensive language course
- not-for-credit lessons, trips and classes, if applicable
- Junior or sophomore status (juniors are given priority)
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- GPA of 3.0 or higher in major
- Two strong faculty recommendations
- No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, ability to work independently, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the program. Arcadia makes final admissions decisions.**
**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to Arcadia for acceptance into this program.