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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 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission 02/03/2016 06/18/2016

** 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:
Spanish, English
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Host Family
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Various, Arts & Sciences, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Marketing
Program Description:
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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


*Please access the budget sheets posted near the top of this brochure page for information on expenses associated with this program*

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.
   Commitment fee
+ 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.

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 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 2016
February 3 - 5: Orientation program
February 8 - 12: Registration period
February 8 - May 27: Semester courses
February 22 - 26: Drop/Add period
March 24 - April 1:  Easter break
May 30 - June 18: Exam period

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Additional Resources

Faculty Directors:
Dr. Steve Newell
Haworth College of Business
3184 Schneider Hall
Phone: 269-387-6166

Dr. Bret Wagner
Hayworth College of Business
3386 Schneider Hall
Phone: 269-387-5222

WMU Study Abroad:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2510B Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (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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