Study Abroad Program Overview
What better place to gain practical experience in business and economics than the hometown of multinational Santander Group? Even the city has been advancing since it gained status as a "smart city" using electronic data to enable the city to run more efficiently and use its resources more effectively, not to mention keep its inhabitents informed of practical matters in their daily life, such as available parking spots nearby.
At the University of Cantabria, internship placements are secured through the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies in the finance industry, port services, business technology, and government. In addition to the internship, students take classes in the same Faculty. The program runs during the spring semester, and may be preceded by an Intensive Language Program for students whose Spanish language abilities need review.
The Faculty is located in the coastal city of Santander which features a number of urban beaches that will make the location even more attractive when the weather warms up. In addition to the modern business and banking industries around the thriving port, the surrounding area is also home to Paleolithic caves, Roman ruins, and Picos de Europa National Park.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
; a small set of course offerings in English
- The ILP+Spring option begins with a 3-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP).
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
ILP + Spring
mid-January to mid-June
early February to mid-June
Students make arrangements for their own housing prior to departure. Housing resources will be available in your Pre-Departure Checklist.
The port city of Santander is bustling with commerce and boasts a picturesque seaside popularized by Spanish royalty. Surrounded by national parks and the Bay of Biscay at the city's edge, both land water sports are popular in the region of Cantabria. Take a tour of history exploring prehistoric caves, Roman ruins, and medieval settlements.
The capital city of Santander has no shortage of sports facilities. The University offers recreational, intermural, and competitive sports, cultural activities, and opportunities to participate in student groups to fill up your free time.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as UC Faculty Director of programs in Spain. The local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide (coming soon!) for program-specific details about the host institution, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; the intensive language program; and health and safety.
The the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies places all students in an internship worth 5 UC quarter units (equivalent to 3.3 UC semester units). In addition to the internship, students take three courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. If you meet the course prerequisites, you may take any of these courses.
Offering in economics include econometrics, macro/microeconomics, game theory, and economic policy. Business courses include accounting, business statistics, management, finance, marketing, and business law.
All students take four courses during the semester for a total of 20 UC quarter/14 semester units.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings. Note that most courses are instructed in Spanish.
- Courses in English are more numerous in the spring semester both in Business and in Economics, though there are only very few in either case.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Four courses, including the internship for a total of 20 UC quarter/14 semester units.
Note that courses offered at the University of Cantabria are listed at 6 ECTS credits, equivalent to 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
Research and Independent Study
Opportunities to conduct research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program.
The University of Cantabria is a public research university with nearly 10,000 undergraduates and almost 3,000 graduate students. It offers multiple degrees in the fields of engineering, social sciences, sciences, humanities and health sciences. While many of these departments are located in and around the city, this program is exclusively with the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies located on the main campus in Santander.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
The internship program is an important part of the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies degree offerings for its own students. Because of the number of Research Centers and Institutes at the University of Cantabria, the numerous links to gateway companies create many opportunities for internship placements. In addition, the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies has extensive relations with businesses and institutions throughout Santander where local students are routinely placed for internship experience.
Setting Up Your Internship
Your actual placement will depend on your own academic interests, your language abilities, and the availability of relevant opportunities in Santander. Placements are made after you arrive in Santander.
The Faculty requires 150 hours to be invested in the internship for the equivalent of 5.0 UC quarter units. Each student is assigned an academic tutor for the experience as well as a supervisorial tutor in the internship setting. Students are evaluated by both tutors on their participation and the paper that is due at the end of the internship.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Round-trip transportation from California
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of the beginning series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below.
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* Students with less than 2 years of University-level Spanish language must enroll in the ILP+Spring option.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: