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Universidad de Cantabria (Exchange)
Santander, Spain (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
Spanish, English
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Host Family
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Various
Program Description:
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Video - University of Cantabria


Program Overview

The University of Cantabria (UC) is a good choice for WMU students seeking to combine the study of Spanish culture and language (at various levels of proficiency) with business courses taught in English through its program, European Business and Economics.  English instruction is also available in other subjects—click here to see the list. It is a young, dynamic public university founded in 1972 whose main objective is to contribute to social progress through a firm commitment to teaching and scientific excellence. It is considered one of the ten best universities in the country for quality and scientific productivity. The University of Cantabria is one of the first nine Spanish Universities that have been awarded as “International Excellence Campus” by the Ministry of Education.

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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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Academic Eligibility

Candidates must have minimum 3.0 GPA and junior or senior status for semester of study abroad.  Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is recommended.

Academic Program

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.

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 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, fees, and health insurance. Students are responsible for the following costs: airfare, housing, meals, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses.

Scholarship:  Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

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 cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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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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Spring 2014
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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Additional Resources

Dr. Steve Newell, faculty director
Haworth College of Business, 3184 Schneider Hall
Tel: 269-387-6166

Dr. Bret Wagner, faculty director
Hayworth College of Business, 3386 Schneider Hall
Tel: 269-387-5222

Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist, Sr.
WMU Study Abroad, 2425 Ellsworth Hall
Tel: 269-387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
Universidad de Cantabria
Course offerings in English
Exchange student's guide
Practical information

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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