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Academics

You can take courses in a variety of subjects at the University of Cantabria. Take a look at their academic offer here - https://web.unican.es/en/Studying/academic-offer

The University of Cantabria offers many courses in English in a range of technical and non-technical fields as well as special offerings in Spanish History & Culture specifically for international students. Students with intermediate Spanish can take "English-Friendly" courses that are taught in Spanish with English tutorials, bibliographic resources, and exams.  Students with advanced Spanish may enroll in classes fully taught in Spanish.

Coursework And Schedule:

Immersion: Students take a Spanish language immersion courses at Cantabria in August or January.  Mandatory for students with little to no Spanish. Recommended for all students except native speakers.

Fall Semester: Students must take at least one Spanish language class, either in August or during the semester, and choose their remaining courses from the options above.  Students must take a minimum of 30ECTS (European credits equal to 15 Cornell credits) unless given permission by their major/college to take fewer.  Note January end date for fall semester to make sure that exams will not conflict with the start of the spring semester at Cornell.

Spring Semester: Students must take at least one Spanish language class, either in January or during the semester, and choose their remaining courses from the options above.  Students must take a minimum of 30ECTS (European credits equal to 15 Cornell credits) unless given permission by their major/college to take fewer.

Optional Internship: Students may work with the University of Cantabria to obtain a summer internship with a Spanish engineering firm following spring semester finals.  Students must have a visa for a duration longer than 6 months.

Courses and Credit Approval

  • To find information on specific courses, go to the program’s website using the link in the “Snapshot” section of the Overview page.
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare options, get advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students. 
  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • Complete the Proposed Course of Study form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will count for credit at Cornell.

Academic Policies

  • Study the language of the host country (or take a course in that language) when studying in a non-English speaking country for a semester or year
  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses for a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA