Students make their own travel arrangements arriving in Granada on the designated program start date. Their first two nights in Granada are spent together in a centrally located historical hotel, an excellent point of departure for walking tours around the city center. CASA-Granada directors welcome the students and begin to get to know them during group meals provided during the first two days of the program. On the third day, students move into their respective housing arrangements. Students who choose home stay accommodations will be picked up at the hotel by their host families in time to have lunch with them that day.
A comprehensive, mandatory orientation program is delivered during the first several days of the semester to help students get acclimated to the city, the university and to the cultural norms they will experience in their accommodations and in their daily lives. Health, safety and emergencies are covered in great detail. Academic culture and regulations are also explained in depth and students sign a contract acknowledging and accepting their academic responsibilities.