Spanish Language, Literature & Culture in Santander

Location: Santander, Spain

Program Type: Faculty-directed

Semester: Summer

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies, in collaboration with the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) in Santander sponsors this Spanish studies program. While in Spain, you will take 9 credit hours of Spanish coursework and live with a Spanish family. In addition, 4 excursions, including a 2-night and 3-day trip to Madrid, are included in the program fee.

Lush, green Cantabria and its sophisticated capital of Santander have been cultural centers and crossroads since before history was recorded.  Altamira, with its cave paintings, and Santillana del Mar, a medieval architectural gem, are just two highlights of the local historical legacy.  Nestled between Asturias and the Basque Country on the Bay of Biscay, Cantabria is well connected to Madrid, Barcelona, and also the south of France.

Modern Santander grew up in the 19th century with the development of trade through the port, but the city has become best known as the place where well-heeled Spaniards, including the royal family, have traditionally summered.  The European Union was inspired to declare Santander as Spain’s most elegant city, and not just because of its award-winning beaches.  In the summer, as other Spanish cities gradually shut down for vacation, Santander buzzes with cultural activity from the International Music Festival to the Feast of Santiago and the countless events the UIMP itself offers to the city and to the world.