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Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program (Faculty-led)
Santander, Spain
Program Terms: Summer II
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2017 02/28/2017** Rolling Admission 07/01/2017 08/25/2017
 NOTE: Review of applications will begin Oct. 30, 2016 and will continue until the program is full. To increase your chances of being admitted, consider applying before Oct. 30, 2016.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Host Family
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
 Program Length:
Short-Term, Summer
Program Description:
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Program Overview

The WMU program at the Universidad de Cantabria offers qualified students the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in university courses especially designed for them.

Students in the program will take intensive Spanish language classes over eight weeks with an emphasis on written and oral communication, as well as Spanish grammar. In addition, they will take a four-week class in Spanish culture. This course will be taught by a faculty member from the WMU Department of Spanish and will include an extended weekend trip and various daytrips to region(s) in Spain that will be representative of numerous aspects of Spanish culture studied in class.

Study Abroad in Santander webpage

**Applicants will be notified by the Faculty Director via phone or wmich email address when interviews are being scheduled. Students are responsible for checking their wmich email regularly to receive important information from Faculty Director and/or WMU Study Abroad office.

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Santander is a medium-sized city with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of Cantabria, which has a surface area of 5,289 kilometers and a population of 526,866. Its boundaries are the Cantabrian Sea to the north, the autonomous region of Castilla-Leon to the south, the Basque Country to the east, and Asturias to the west. Santander was founded in the 18th century and developed in the following century thanks to flourishing commercial activity. The city became a popular tourist destination in the 20th century when the Spanish royal family promoted its beautiful beaches and appealing climate. Santander is still favored by central and southern Spanish tourists, yet experiences relatively little international tourism.

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing with minimum of 3.0 GPA in Spanish classes; must have completed SPAN 3160 and SPAN 3170 and be at least 18 years old prior to beginning of program.

Academic Program
Students will earn a total of nine credit hours for the eight weeks of study in Spain. Six credits will be earned by taking classes with local instructors from the Universidad de Cantabria, and the remaining 3 credits are earned from the course instructed by the students' faculty director for the first half of the program.

Academic Credit
The credits will be transferred as follows: 3 credits of Advanced Spanish Grammar (SPAN 4520), 3 credits of Advanced Spanish Conversation (SPAN 4530), and 3 credits of Spanish Culture (SPAN 4100). These courses will not be awarded credit until a transcript is received from abroad. This has historically taken approximately 1 month.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship and for scholarships offered by the Department of Spanish.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Students selected for the program will stay with families in Santander. They will have individual rooms and three meals with the family are provided daily.

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Summer II 2017

Saturday, July 1: Depart from the U.S.
Sunday, July 2: Arrive in Santander
Monday, July 3: Begin classes
Thursday, August 24: Last day with host families
Friday, August 25: Depart for the U.S. (or personal travel)

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Faculty Director:

Dr. Mercedes Tasende
Department of Spanish
513 Sprau
Phone: (269) 387-3003

WMU Study Abroad
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2425F Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage

Country Information (external links)

Spain - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Spain
Culturegram - Spain

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