Founded in 1531, the University of Granada (UGr) is one of the oldest universities in Spain, with a history of over 700 years. Today it is also one of the largest, with a total degree-seeking student enrollment of over 80,000 in all departments and programs, 5,000 of which are international. The university is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science, Spain. The UGr's Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM), founded in 1992, is one of Spain's premier centers for the teaching of Spanish to international students. It provides courses in Spanish language and culture to foreign students, and also offers foreign language courses for local Spanish students.
Popular areas of study at the CLM at the Universidad de Granada include:
• Spanish Language
• Spanish History
• Spanish Civilization and Culture
• Spanish Literature
The original CLM building, in the converted 16th century palace of Santa Cruz, is located in the Realejo district in the heart of the city of Granada. The renovation was carried out with instruction in mind, and the historic building now has modern audiovisual systems in all the classrooms, a state-of-the-art multi-media language laboratory, and its own library equipped with special materials for language learning and teaching. Because of the university's prestige, the student population has grown and has resulted in the creation of a second building for the CLM. Both buildings house classes for Spanish students and foreign students, providing an opportunity for Spanish and foreign students to meet and learn from each other outside of the classroom. Though there are Spanish students studying languages at the CLM, the majority of students are American and some international students studying Spanish. In order to ensure an interactive learning environment, the university places a maximum of twenty students in each language class. The ISA office is located right around the corner from the original CLM building, which is extremely convenient for students
The University of Granada ranks among top ten best Spanish universities in the 2014 QS World University Rankings.
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