|Restrictions:||WMU applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
** 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.
|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||Spanish, English|
|Housing Options:||Apartment, Host Family||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Class Standing:||Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior||Number of Credits:||12|
|Program Specialist:||Ann Ganz||Language experience required:||Yes|
|Areas of Study:||Business, Engineering, Various|
The University of Cantabria’s campus is divided between Santander—the capital of the Autonomous Region of Cantabria- and Torrelavega, a town 20 kilometers from the capital. The city is situated between a mountain range and one of the most beautiful bays in the country, which boasts a long string of top quality beaches and recreational areas, such as the Magdalena Peninsula, the Sardinero and Mataleñas Park.
Cantabria has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Archaeological remains and historic buildings throughout the region offer vivid evidence of the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles, plus the unique architectural style of the ‘indianos’, returning adventurers from Latin America. Additionally, there are many important historical sites, including the world famous prehistoric Altamira cave paintings and remains from Roman times.
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Candidates must have minimum 3.0 GPA and junior or senior status for semester of study abroad. Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is recommended.
Students take a combination of Spanish language and courses offered in English in disciplines such as Economics, Business, History, Law, Engineering, Industry Technology, and Physics. In addition, students can take a course in European Culture and Civilization. Teaching is carried out in small international groups.
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 study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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The WMU program fee includes: tuition, fees, and health insurance.
The program fee does not include: airfare, housing, meals, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee
Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for spring semester.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
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 may choose to stay in shared flats with other students (approximately 200-300 euros per month) or with a host family.
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February 5-7: Orientation program
February 10-14: Registration period
February 10 - May 30: Semester courses
February 24-28: Drop/Add period
April 17-25: Easter break
June 2-21: Exam period
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Dr. Steve Newell, faculty director
Haworth College of Business, 3184 Schneider Hall
Dr. Bret Wagner, faculty director
Hayworth College of Business, 3386 Schneider Hall
Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist, Sr.
WMU Study Abroad, 2425 Ellsworth Hall
Host Institution Information (external links)
Universidad de Cantabria
Course offerings in English
Exchange student's guide
Country Information (external links)
Spain - Lonely Planet
Santander - Lonely Planet
Consulate of Spain in Chicago/Entry requirements and visa information
Country Specific Information - Spain
Culturegram - Spain
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