This intensive course consists of 20 hours of instruction per week throughout the duration of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students) are taught by expert Spanish language instructors who utilize a highly communicative and dynamic approach in the classroom. Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. A student can expect to progress through approximately three language levels (maximum of four in some cases) over the course of the semester. A student’s class schedule may vary each month according to the time their level is offered (morning session or afternoon session).

View the general course description.

Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages (CLM) and are placed in the appropriate level of instruction:

CLM Levels Common European Framework

1 Beginner A1
2 Elementary A2
3 Lower Intermediate A2+
4 Intermediate B1.1
5 Upper Intermediate B1.2
6 Advanced B2.1 (required for university study)
7 Upper Advanced B2.2
8 Superior C1
9 Proficiency C2 (highest professional level, for ex: novelists, translators and interpreters, lawyers)

Student performance is carefully monitored throughout the semester-length program and placement levels adjusted accordingly.

Students in the Intensive Spanish Language Program must successfully pass each monthly class in order to receive credit for the semester (contingent on the express approval of the student’s home institution). Attendance, class participation, assignments and exam grades are all taken into serious consideration when determining a final grade for the class.

Your academic experience abroad is going to be very different from home. Working under the policies and processes of the local institution, you may find a lot less structure, or a lot more.

Courses and Credit Approval

  • To find information on specific courses, go to the program’s website using the link in the “Snapshot” section of the Overview page.
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare options, get advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students. 
  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • Complete the Proposed Course of Study form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.

Academic Policies

  • Study the language of the host country (or take a course in that language) when studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year
  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses for a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA