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Granada Pre-Departure Information:

Everything you need to know for a hassle-free journey, all in one place. 

Arrival Instructions: 

Communication & Arrival Information:


  • Please download WhatsApp if you don't have it, as they'll use it for updates.

  • You'll be added to an arrivals group a few days before departure to report any flight changes.

  • Granada Resident Directors, Carmen López, and Curra Chico, will meet you at the airport on September 25th, at 1:00 p.m. by Cafeteria La Manon.

  • If you arrive early or later, wait at the cafeteria or call +34 659 57 65 99.

  • Ensure your flight details are submitted on your APIConnect Account for pick-up arrangements.


Early & Late Arrivals:


  • Early arrivals can go directly to the hotel from 12:00 p.m. on September 25th.

  • If delayed, call the emergency number and don't panic.

  • Arriving by train or bus? Take a taxi (10€-15€, have cash on hand) to the hotel.


Hotel Information:


  • Monasterio de los Basilios, Paseo de los Basilios, 2, 18008 Granada. Tel: +34 958 817 401, email:


Emergency Contacts:


  • Within Spain: +34 659 57 65 99

  • In the U.S., call API Texas at 512-600-8900

  • From other countries, use the international prefix + 34 +659 57 65 99

  • Make sure all your travel information is updated in your APIConnect Account and stay connected via WhatsApp for a smooth arrival.


Entry Requirements for Spain:

      If you're participating in our 89-day program in Spain, please be aware of the following entry requirements, as Spain is a member of the Schengen Zone:


Passport Requirements: Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the program end date.


Proof of Onward Travel: Be ready to present your return ticket back to the US or proof of travel outside the Schengen Zone.


Schengen Zone Travel Restrictions: US Citizens can only stay in the Schengen Zone for 90 days within a 180-day period, starting from your first entry into the Zone.


No Need for Student Visa: Since the program is only 89 days, you won't need a student visa if you strictly follow the program's start and end dates. Traveling within the Schengen Zone outside of these dates, without a visa, is not legally allowed.


Important Note on Border Control: When passing through border control, mention that the main purpose of your travel is tourism. Stating that you're a student might lead to the expectation of having a student visa.


Compliance with these requirements is vital for hassle-free entry into Spain. Make sure to align your travel plans with the program's dates to avoid any legal issues.

Communication Abroad and Electronic Devices


     WhatsApp:    Download WhatsApp for messaging and calls. Resident Directors will use this app for communication.


    Local Number Recommendation: It's advisable to have a local number for emergencies. You can:

  • Add an international calling plan to your U.S. phone.

  • Rent a local SIM card upon arrival.

  • Traveling with Electronic Devices:


    Insurance: Insure your devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as they could be targets for theft.     This can be done through renter’s, homeowner’s, or travel insurance policy.


    Backup: Regularly back up academic work or pictures using Google Drive, Dropbox, USB, or cloud storage.


    Theft Prevention:

  • Activate the “find my device” feature on most Google, Apple, and Microsoft products.

  • Be discreet with smartphone use in public areas.

  • Avoid unsecured wireless networks. Consider a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for secure access.


    Device Compatibility and Safety Abroad:

  • Most new devices only require an adapter for dual-voltage (110-240v). Check the user manual or contact the manufacturer if unsure.

  • Understand the difference between:

    • Adapter: Allows device plug-in but doesn’t convert electricity.

    • Converter: Alters voltage for electric products like hair dryers but shouldn't be used for long periods

    • Transformer: Alters voltage for non-dual-voltage electronic products like laptops or tablets.

     Note: Students should also contact the device manufacturer to verify if traveling abroad will affect the device's warranty. Remember, API is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal belongings.

Prescription Medication Guidelines

     For All Students:


  • Consult with your doctor about how to continue your medication regimen abroad, including adjusting dosages during flights and time zone changes.

  • U.S. prescriptions cannot be filled abroad, and mailing medications across international borders is typically illegal and unsuccessful.


     Understanding Medications Abroad:


  • Some prescribed drugs for ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, or mood disorders might not be available or may even be considered illegal in the host country.

  • For advice, consult with medical specialists and local officials.


     Programs Over 30 Days:


  • Obtain permission from your doctor and insurance provider to secure more than a 30-day supply of medication.

  • For immigration purposes, carry prescription medication with documentation from an American physician.

  • Medications must be in original bottles, with a doctor’s letter explaining the medical reason, quantity, duration of stay, and permission for carrying a large quantity.

  • Keep medications and documentation in carry-on luggage, NOT checked luggage.


    Unavailable Options for Additional Medication Abroad:


             Mailing Medications: Not recommended; often illegal.

             Filling Foreign Prescriptions: U.S. prescriptions cannot be filled abroad, and some medications may                          not be available even with a local prescription.


    Over-the-Counter Medication Abroad:


  • Common pain relievers, allergy/cold medications, etc., are usually available at pharmacies without a prescription in most European, UK, and Latin American countries.


    Documentation of Medications (if carrying a large supply):


  • Obtain a letter from your physician including:

  • Country and Place of Issue: Country, city, date, and period of validity.

  • Prescribing Physician Information: Name, office address, and phone number.

  • Patient Information: Name, sex, birthplace, birth date, address, passport/identity card number, destination.

  • Prescribed Medical Preparation: Trade name, dosage, units, active substance, concentration, total quantity, duration in days.

  • Signature and Stamp: From the prescribing physician.


     API strongly encourages early meetings with physicians to plan treatment while abroad and offers          support for any questions or concerns.

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