Blinn College offers intermediate Spanish students an immersive study abroad opportunity in Granada, Spain

Students are encouraged to attend Jan. 31 information session to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Students are encouraged to attend Jan. 31 information session to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

January 24, 2020

The Blinn College District invites students to consider its award-winning, affordable study abroad opportunity in Granada, Spain, taking place May 23 through June 20. Students interested in learning more are encouraged to attend an information session at noon on Friday, Jan. 31, in Blinn-Bryan Student Center Room F-120. 

Blinn and Sol Education Abroad partner to offer students an unforgettable opportunity to learn the Spanish language and immerse themselves in the culture of one of Spain’s most ancient and diverse cities.

“Our partnership with Sol Education Abroad enables students to receive college credit and enhance their foreign language skills while being exposed to a vibrant and exciting culture,” Spanish Instructor Alex Garza said. “Spain’s rich history comes to life beyond the classroom through this unique learning experience that we hope continues to impact our students for years to come.”

To be eligible for the Granada trip, students must complete or test out of two beginning Spanish courses – Spanish 1411 and 1412 – or speak at an intermediate level. During the study abroad experience, students complete two intermediate Spanish courses, Spanish 2311 and 2312, while visiting historic sites, participating in cultural activities, and forging relationships with host families.

Students visit Seville and Cordoba, two of the most historic cities in Europe, spend a day in the Alpujarras region high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and walk the beaches of Costa del Sol. They will explore the exotic Alhambra, the ancient palace of the Sultans, enjoy Granada’s historic quarter, “El Albaycin,” and watch authentic Flamenco dancers in the caverns where they have performed for generations. Students stay in pairs with host families, further enhancing language and culture immersion.

“Not a day goes by that I do not miss Granada and all the amazing people I met there,” said Peyton Harrison, who was a part of the 2019 study abroad trip. “Every corner of the city is teeming with history and life. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in a study abroad experience.”

Students interested in the Granada trip must submit an application and a $500 deposit – which will be applied to the full payment – by Thursday, Feb. 20. The trip costs $3,475, which includes housing, meals, excursions, and cultural activities. Students are responsible for Blinn course tuition and airfare. Sol Education Abroad accepts financial aid or scholarships, and can assist with any necessary paperwork.

For more information regarding the Granada trip, visit www.soleducation.com, or email Garza at alex.garza@blinn.edu.

Blinn offers Associate of Arts degrees in Spanish and American Sign Language. Both degrees are available entirely online or on the Bryan Campus, and foreign language courses also are available in French and Czech. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/foreign-language.

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