Universidad de Granada

Granada, Spain

The exchange agreement

The exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and the Universidad de Grenada was signed in 2012.

Semester dates

Fall semester
Late September to mid-February

Spring semester
Late February till mid-July

The country

Spain has a population of 40 million inhabitants and together with Portugal it constitutes the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest of Europe. With a surface area of 500,000 sq km, Spain is the second largest country in the European Union, after France. The most colorful and diverse landscapes can be found throughout the national territory: the green mountains of the north, the vast Plateau in the centre, the beautiful beaches in the south, and the Canary and Balearic Islands.

Spain has a rich history, which can be appreciated in every city through its monuments and museums, starting from pre-Roman times, through the Muslim legacy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to present day.

Modern day Spain is a country wisely balancing tradition and modernity as is evident in its cosmopolitan cities like Barcelona and Madrid, and heritage sites such as Seville, Granada, Córdoba, Ubeda and Baeza in Jaén. Spain's vibrant cultural life can be experienced through its excellent tapas, an infinite number of local traditions (of which bull fighting is one), and its many traditional costumes and celebrations.

For more information about Spain see sites such as: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain.

The city of Granada

Granada is located in southern Spain in the province of Andalucia and has earned a reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a city of rich history, many attractions and interesting traditions. Visitors in Granada can be engaged in downhill skiing at some of the best slopes in Europe in the Sierra Nevada.

From the 8th to 15th century in Granada, the Moors reigned, turning the city into a thriving cultural center. From the time of Arab rule in Granada, there are numerous monuments. Tours to Granada must offer a visit to the Alhambra – a snow white castle, surrounded by magnificent gardens, whose architecture is reminiscent of stone lacework. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy.

The economy, until it began to be exploited as a touristic ski destination, was based on livestock and agriculture. The abundance of water coming from the melting peaks, and the fertile ground, made for the development of a long-standing agricultural tradition. Livestock has also been an important activity in the Sierra, and even today, sheep herding is still carried out here in summer.

Today, the situation has changed dramatically. Now, the main source of income is tourism, as the snow, sun, and moderate temperatures (sometimes you can even ski in short-sleeves!) have attracted a massive number of skiers and snowboarders.

Granada, Spain public building Granada, Spain city view

The university

The Universidad de Grenada, founded in 1531, is a public university that enrolls approximately 80,000 students. The university's Center for Modern Languages receives over 10,000 international students each year. The University has a vibrant presence in the city of Granada, benefiting from the distinctive beauty of its environment and a privileged geographical location due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean coast.

In Granada, there are four university campuses, as well as the “Campus Centro”, in which all the centres spread throughout the historic part of the city are brought together.

For more information on the university: http://uniweb.ugr.es/ugr-en/pages/universidad/granada

Living costs (Estimate)

In order to cover all basics like accommodation, food, books, public transportation, etc. a student will need about 1200-1500 CAD a month.

Accommodation

For information on International Exchange Students accommodation, please see:
http://estudiantes.ugr.es/alojamiento2/alojamientos.php?tipo=E.Residencia universitaria

Visa information

Canadians wishing to stay longer than three months to study in Spain need to apply for a visa. For further details about this visa, contact the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto. It is important to apply early, as the application process may take up to two months.

Consulate General of Spain in Toronto

1201-2 Bloor St E.
Toronto ON, M4W 1A8
Tel: (416) 977-1661 (extension 24 OR 25), 977-3923, 977-4075
Fax: (416) 593-4949
Office Hours: 08:30–15:30
Open to public: 10:00–14:30
Email: cog.toronto@mae.es