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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Spring 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Engineering


Opportunity Description

Study engineering at Universidad de Cantabria for one academic year or for the Spring semester. This program was originally designed for Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) majors but it is open to all engineering majors.* The program was launched during the 2007-2008 school year with eight Cornell engineering students studying at Cantabria. This exchange program recommends some prior knowledge of Spanish. Engineering and science courses are taught in English, and humanities courses are taught in Spanish.

What is Unique about this Opportunity?

  • Take Engineering courses at a top university in Spain alongside local degree-seeking students.
  • Engineering and science courses are taught in English, and humanities courses are taught Spanish.  Students with sufficient language proficiency may take engineering and science courses from the general course catalog in Spanish.
  • Stay on track to graduate with major-approved courses.
  • Participate in an optional summer internship.

What is Unique about Santander and UC?

Host Institution: Universidad de Cantabria: A comprehensive university located in Santander, the capital city of the province of Cantabria on the northern coast of Spain.

Program Dates: 

Immersion: August through late September or Mid-January through early February
Fall Semester: Late September through Mid-February
Spring Semester: Mid-February through June
Optional Internship: June through August

Housing: During the immersion, host families house students. During the academic year, students live off campus and rent an apartment in Santander. The Office of International Relations at Cantabria can help make arrangements and roommate pairings.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.