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IES Granada

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

Program sponsor: IES Abroad

La Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain
La Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

The program offers two unique program options: the Intermediate Spanish Program and Advanced Spanish Program. Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce students to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Internship and service learning placements are available.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 2.75 GPA.


Intermediate program

1 year (completion of Spanish 101-3 or 115-2) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.

Advanced program

2 years (completion of 121-3 or 125) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.

All programs

Enrollment in a Spanish course at Northwestern within the academic year prior to the program start date.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete an IES Abroad application by the program's deadline.


Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestays – Live in a Spanish home and eat two meals a day with your hosts while your program is in session. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home.

Dorm houses – Dorm houses include 18 meals (Monday through Saturday), with no meals on Sundays and holidays. This housing option is suitable for independent-minded students with a high level of Spanish language, who are comfortable being proactive when meeting Spanish students and integrating into local student culture. Placements are limited.

Colegios Mayores – Each Colegio Mayor has its own unique social and academic environment. This housing option includes up to 18 meals per week in student cafeterias. It is ideal for outgoing students with a high level of Spanish language who want to integrate into local student culture, participate in Colegio activities, and are willing to abide by the rules and curfews of the Colegio. Placements are limited.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $22,065

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & insurance: $3,460
  • Meals: $1,300
  • Airfare: $1,050
  • Local transportation: $100
  • Books & supplies: $60
  • Personal expenses: $1,600
  • Visa & fees: $160

Total: $7,730

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the IES Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IES Abroad programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IES program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IES to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IES tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

IES Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from IES for your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay IES directly by their deadline.

  • IES Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your IES invoice.
  • IES Scholarships: If you were awarded an IES scholarship, it will appear on your IES invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to IES.

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