Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Thomas P. Shoemaker

Philosophy & Religious Studies
P: 480-461-7009
Office: BP43A - 11


Program Website - Study Abroad Granada, Spain


A valid passport is required to travel abroad. Passport Info Here

Program Location

Granada, Andalucía, Spain. Granada - what an amazing place! It's the ancient city of the Moors and its magnificent palace, the Alhambra, once the stronghold of the Muslim empire of the Nasrid dynasty in southern Spain.

From the time historical records began Granada has been ruled by many Caliphs, Arabic sultans and dynasties. The Arabic/Muslim empire once stretched right up into the north of Spain.

The various Christian groups settled their differences, joined together and steadily drove the Arabs out of Spain. Granada was the last stronghold and finally succumbed to Isabel and Ferdinand (the catholic monarchs) in 1492. The Muslim and the Jews were forced to leave the country or convert to Christianity.

A period of what would nowadays be described as ethnic cleansing ensued. Around the same time, Christopher Columbus came to Granada to ask Isabel and Ferdinand for a grant to build ships so that he could conquer the Americas.

Granada is located in the province of Andalucía in the south along the Mediterranean.

The name Andalucía traces back to the Arabic language: Al-Andalus as well as Muslim and Romani influences.  The region's history and culture have been influenced by the earlier Iberians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, all of whom preceded the Muslims.

The Castilian and other Christian North Iberian nationalities who conquered and repopulated the area in the latter phases of the Reconquista have also impacted the modern culture of the region.

Not Offered in 2016

Nearly 1300 years ago, Abd al-Rahman launched one of the truly great moments of human history, and called it Al-Andalus. For 750 years, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived a time of "convivencia." The memory of that time is very much alive in modern Andalucía, the southern part of Spain.

Now you can spend four weeks in the city of Granada, the last capital of Al-Andalus, set against the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Study the history and the culture with professors from MCC and the University of Granada, while immersed in "la Vida Española" of flamenco, bullfights, soccer, Mediterranean beaches, tapas and café con leche.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fees: $TBA
    • includes academic facilities at the University of Granada, local ground transportation, homestay with local host family including meals (except during outings), cultural excursions/admission fees, travel insurance, and Welcome/Farewell dinners
  • Students will take 1 course from MCC and 1 course from the University of Granada
  • Tuition at MCC:  3-4 credits (depending on course taken)
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins in March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Tuition at University of Granada: $TBA estimated
    • The University of Granada tuition is paid directly to the UGr. The exact amount will vary depending on the number of students and the exchange rate of the euro at the time of payment.
  • Airfare is NOT included (estimated to be TBA).
    • Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program.  Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.
  • Meals when on excursions: estimated at TBA

ESTIMATED TOTAL (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals): $TBA

Spain Program Cultural Excursions

  • Alhambra* (Granada's palace/fort/garden)

*UNECSO World Heritage Sites

Spain Program Details

  • The University of Granada is one of Europe's oldest universities, established in 1531. The Centro de Lenguas Modernas hosts UGr's international education programs, involving 10,000 students from Europe and the wider world each year.
  • For a life transforming experience, participants are hosted by local families, allowing for immediate cultural and Spanish language immersion.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Spain provided by CultureGrams™.

Courses Offered

Students will take one course from MCC and one course from the University of Granada by participating in either Track 1 or Track 2 for a total of 6 or 7 credit hours.


  • REL151  16848 Religion in the Hispanic World (3cr) [HU, G]

  • Spanish Culture & Civilization (3 cr)
    • Taught by University of Granada faculty in Spanish
    • Transfers as MCCD's SPA 251



  • SPA102  18441 Elementary Spanish II (4cr)

  • Art & Architecture in the Islamic World (3 cr)

    • Taught by University of Granada faculty in English

    • Transfers as MCCD's ARH240


Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 10 & 24, 2014
Oct. 8 & 22, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Sept. 11 & 25, 2014
Oct. 9 & 23, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2015

Southern & Dobson Campus

Int'l Student Lounge

NU6 Building

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions.

Scholarship Deadline


Get information on financial aid, grants, and scholarships for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline


Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early to reserve your place!

Payment Deadline


For scholarship and financial aid opportunities as well as payment guidelines, download the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad.

Mandatory Orientation


Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation! There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.