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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 2015 10/30/2014** Rolling Admission 07/04/2015 08/28/2015

** 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.
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 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Host Family
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Program Length:
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.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

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 of these credits will be in Spanish language (SPAN 4770) and three will be in Spanish culture (SPAN 4100).

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from WMU Study Abroad. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and WMU Study Abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

The program fee includes tuition, administrative fees, instructional costs, on-site orientation, housing, meals with host family, international health and emergency assistance insurance, and program-related excursions.  The program fee will be billed to the student account for summer II semester.

Students are responsible for the following expenses: airfare, local transportation, additional meals, passport, immunizations(if needed), and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The program budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

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, he/she 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.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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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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2015 Itinerary

Saturday, July 4:  Depart from U.S.
Sunday, July 5: Arrive in Santander
Monday, July 6: Classes begin
Wednesday, August 26: Exams
Thursday, August 27: Diplomas awarded
Friday, August 28: Return to U.S. (or personal travel

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources


Faculty Director:
Dr. Pablo Pastrana-P
Department of Spanish
415 Sprau Tower

Telephone: (269)387-2955

WMU Study Abroad
Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist, sr.
WMU Study Abroad office
2425 Ellsworth Hall

Telephone: (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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