The University of Cantabria (UC) is a dynamic medium-sized University, in accordance with the city which hosts the Institution, Santander, in the northern Spanish coast. The University Research Institutes play a pivotal role in the UC scientific production and international prestige. The UC Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization is promoting the REAL (for Research, Explore, And Learn) Summer Programs, which are centered around the academic and research areas of Santander's most prestigious research institutes, to offer international undergraduate students the possibility of combining an exciting study abroad experience with hands-on research practice led by renowned research teams.
The offer combines a high-quality academic agenda in three different scientific areas (Engineering, Biotechnology, and Physics) with an optional program in Spanish Language and Culture, open to all programs, including Spanish Grammar and Conversation classes, as well as classes on Spanish History, Spanish Art, and Gastronomy. In addition, the programs include several touristic visits and offer a series of optional excursions, giving the students the opportunity to explore Spain´s fascinating northern coast. The University of Cantabria offers practical information about life in Santander in its International Student's Guide
. For more information on life in Santander, click here
Students are required to apply to the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and directly to the University of Cantabria (UC)
. In order to gain access to the OEA application, students will have to attend a Study Abroad 101 webinqar and meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. The UC summer program application
can then (and only then) be completed on the University of Cantabria's program website.
NOTE: Students who do not apply to OEA will not be able to apply to the summer program without OEA's approval. Additionally, students who do not apply to OEA for approval will not receive academic credit for their program and are ineligible to use financial aid or scholarships towards their program cost.
Interested in attending the University of Cantabria for a semester or year? Check out our exchange program brochure.
This program is open to UNC Charlotte students who have a GPA of at least a 2.0 at time of application and prior to departure. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon application and prior to departure. No Spanish language knowledge is required. For more information on admission requirements for UniCan, click here
- Undergraduate courses taught in English
Students will enroll in one of two offered Programs:
- Research in Biotechnology
- Physics in the 21st Century
Students from both Programs will have the option to enroll in an additional Program:
- Spanish Language and Culture
*For more information on the programs offered, click here
Courses will be taught during weeks 1 to 4. During weeks 5 to 8, students will join a research team from the Institute fostering the selected program. The research work will depend on the host group and the selected activity, ranging from molecular biology research project to astronomic data analysis projects. The full-length 8-week Program includes 104 teaching hours during weeks 1 to 4 (52 hours of the chosen Program - ENG, BIO, or PHYS-, plus 52 hours of the optional Spanish program), plus 80 hours of research practicum during weeks 5 to 8. This is the equivalent to 16 ECTS: 10 ECTS for the first 4-week period (5 ECTS for each Program) and 6 ECTS for the 4-week research practicum. There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 students per Program. Selection, if required, will be based on the applicant's' Resume.
Most courses will be taught by several instructors. All of them have been approved by the University of Cantabria to teach in English. A brief background of those teaching the courses is included within the specific information of each program/course.
Registration period: February 1 - 28, 2017
All programs start on May 29, 2017.
For inspiration, please see our 2016 Schedule
All programs will be complemented with a selection of activities aimed at giving the students the opportunity to explore Spain´s Northern coast. In addition, proposed activities will include a visit to the renowned Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, only a one-hour drive from Santander, plus an selection of optional activities including weekend visits to other Spanish cities such as Madrid or Barcelona.
A limited number of students can be accommodated with Spanish host families
upon request. The accommodation fee of approximately $40 per day includes full Room & Board and linen cleaning. Students will be accommodated in single rooms in families not hosting any other student in their house. This option of accommodation favors full immersion in Spanish way of life. Students taking also the Spanish optional Program will be given preference, should there be more demand than the number of available families.
The University of Cantabria will give counseling and assist students in choosing other forms of accommodation during their stay.
: approximately $15/day in a 3-bedroom apartment. The company Emancipia
offers different accommodation services for a fee. Application must be submitted online.
: single or double rooms with hotel-like facilities, such as Estudios Aranzazu
(approx. $50/day single, $32/day shared twin room) or Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos.
– students may find their accommodation on their own, but they are strongly encouraged to do so with due time. The city of Santander is a popular summer resort and most hotels and apartments will be fully booked during high season (starting in late June).
Tuition & Fees
Although UC is an exchange partner, this program does not operate as an exchange program. This program is treated as an affiliate program.
Students should plan for the following:
- Tuition Fees/instructional costs/cost of the program
- Accommodation (prices will vary)
- Books and Supplies
- Mandatory Health Insurance ($1.42/day)
- Study abroad application fee and deposit ($610)
- Passport/Visa if applicable
- Personal/Travel Expenses ($150/week suggested)
|8-week full Program
|8-week w/o Spanish
|4-week w/o Spanish
*The fee for the full-length 8-week program includes Tuition fees, selected activities, and health insurance. Students may also enroll in the 4-week program only, without the research practicum.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa/residence permit before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's website
for more information.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's website
for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note: travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and
have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661