Location
  • Spain
    • Santander
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Astronomy Biochemistry Biology Business Chemistry Computer Science Cultural Studies Design Economics Education Finance Food Science and Nutrition Geography Graphic Design History Hospitality Information Technology Interior Design International Business International Relations Law Life Sciences Linguistics Literature Marine Biology Marketing Mathematics Medicine Meteorology Natural Sciences Oceanography Physics Pre-Med Tourism +24

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters
Housing
Dormitory Host Family
Language
Spanish

Pricing

Starting Price
13469
Price Details
The price includes:

Program limited to a maximum of 10 students per semester.
Full-board accommodation in your Spanish tutor's home.
24 credits per semester (4 subjects) to study at the Universidad de Cantabria.
Universidad de Cantabria sports card.
Two sports or cultural activities per week.
Two excursions and cultural day trips.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals SIM cards Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Program limited to a maximum of 5 students per semester.
Full-board accommodation in your Spanish tutor's or English hosts home.
24 credits per semester (4 subjects) to study at the Universidad de Cantabria.
Universidad de Cantabria sports card.
Free monthly cultural day trips.

What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 27, 2021
Dec 14, 2021
7 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Imagine studying at one of the best universities in Spain in the mornings and going to the beach, surfing or practicing sports in the afternoons.

Would you prefer dancing, cooking, relaxing in a famous spa or just reading a book in your favourite spot instead? What about enjoying food and drinks in a beautiful, vibrant city like Santander in the evenings? You will love discovering the hidden secrets of Cantabria, one of the best European regions according to Lonely Planet.

How about flying to other major European cities from Santander international airport? A romantic weekend in Paris, a short break in London, enjoy ancient Rome or visit a festival in Madrid or Seville.

Most important of all is that you will feel safe at all times. Cantabria is the safest region in Spain and Spain has the second lowest crime figures in the whole of Europe.

We’re a family-run business. That’s why we can offer exclusive programs 100% tailored for you!

Video and Photos

Program Highlights

  • The Spanish Program is a family run business that focus on offering each student the best support, attention and care.
  • Study an academic year or a semester at the Universidad de Cantabria, one of the top three universities in Spain.
  • You have the option to select subjects taught in Spanish, in English or "English friendly", which are subjects taught in Spanish but with materials, tutorials and examinations given in English.
  • You will be able to select your preferred sports, cultural or leisure activities.
  • Santander is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and also one of the safest regions in Europe. Chosen as 2nd best destination to visit in Europe by Lonely Planet.

Program Reviews

10 Rating
based on 10 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 100%
  • 7-8 rating 0%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 9.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.9
Showing 1 - 8 of 10 reviews
Default avatar
Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome!

A totally unique experience. Santander is a small city with breathtaking views. I could walk to the beach every day before or after class. I always felt safe exploring the city, even walking alone at night. During my stay I lived with Fernando and his family in lovely village just outside Santander: perfect for relaxing after a busy day of lectures. Fernando is so enthusiastic about Spanish and I got to take an intensive Spanish course, before the semester started, which really helped! This program is great because it is exactly what I was looking for. The university and its staff were brilliant plus it is very easy to explore Spain and other European cities like Rome and Vienna from Cantabria!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would come for longer. A semester was way too short!
7 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hola Mary,

I hope you're OK.

Thanks for your comment.

It was lovely to have you here! You were great.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Default avatar
Ethan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Santander is an amazing city!

Enrolling to study in Cantabria, through the Spanish Program, was the best thing that has ever happened to me. The program I chose was so much fun and I was lucky to be able to meet many other students from across the States. I made so many new friends. I stayed with my host family, Fernando, Merche and the girls, which really helped my language skills and my Spanish is at a much higher level now. Overall, a great experience and I highly recommend it! Ps… Santander is a fabulous city with one of the most beautiful bays in the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Explore as much of Cantabria as you can. It's a gorgeous part of the world!
5 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hola Ethan,

We loved to have you here.

Thanks for the review.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Default avatar
Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Santander is an amazing city!

Enrolling to study in Cantabria, through the Spanish Program, was the best thing that has ever happened to me. The program I chose was so much fun and I was lucky to be able to meet many other students from across the States. I made so many new friends. Staying with my host family, Fernando, Merche and the girls, really helped my language skills and my Spanish is at a much higher level now. Overall, a great experience and I highly recommend it! Ps… Santander is a fabulous city with one of the most beautiful bays in the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Explore Cantabria as much as you can. It's a gorgeous part of the world.
5 people found this review helpful.
Default avatar
Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'll never forget my time in Cantabria!

Picking my study abroad program was a stressful for me. Having never left the country, just the idea was daunting, lots of options. However, from the moment I contacted The Spanish Program, I was immediately put at ease by their Fernando, who amazingly, never got tired of my questions. In Sept 2018, I enrolled at the University of Cantabria through The Spanish Program. I was so excited!
When I got to Spain, both Fernando and Andy were there to greet me. We had an afternoon and evening exploring gorgeous Madrid then the following morning we all caught the train north to Cantabria.
My experience abroad was brilliant. The sights I saw, the friends I made and the home I lived in during my stay will forever be part of my life. When not in class, I encourage you to immerse yourself in the city of Santander. It’s a wonderful city.
100% recommended!

What was your funniest moment?
Watching soccer with Fernando. His favorite team is terrible :)
5 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hola Maria,

It was a pleasure to host you. We loved to have you here.

Thanks for such a good review.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Selfie
Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The University of Cantabria was brilliant. The campus is breathtaking!

My experience in Spain was definitely positive. I was debating on where to go in Europe and a friend recommended Cantabria in Northern Spain. I can never thank her enough!
I was nervous as I had never traveled abroad before and Europe is so diverse, I had planned to travel with my friend but she pulled out. In the end my family gave me the courage to go through with this exciting adventure and I am so thankful to them and The Spanish Course for this experience.
They helped me a lot with my initiation and I soon settled in.
I chose to study my subjects in English and it was great. Most of my classes were full of people from all over the world.
The village is a lot different to back home, it is very quiet and calm and the villagers are so friendly.
Tip : Eat at the Marques restaurant in Puente Viesgo. They have the most amazing seafood paella.

When I arrived at Madrid, we (the group) were met by Fernando & Andy from the Spanish Course. We spent the next few days discovering the city before heading north to Cantabria. Great way to start our stay.
Andy recommended watching a game of soccer. I would have liked to watch Ronaldo play but he had already left for Italy.

The University of Cantabria was brilliant. The campus is breathtaking, directly facing the beach!

Andy and Denise’s home in Puente Viesgo is gorgeous. I had my own en-suite bedroom, TV, wi-fi etc...everything i needed. My host mom, Denise, cooked us a variety of delicious English/Spanish meals.

I loved my time in Cantabria. I would recommend it to anyone considering a Study Abroad program.

What would you improve about this program?
If i could change anything, I would have arrived in August for the fall semester. Better weather than Jan/Feb.
15 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hola Maria,

Thanks for your excellent review and for choosing us. Hope you're enjoying your time now.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Yo
Bradley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cantabria - A Dream!

My Spanish improved immensely, I made close friends that I am still in touch with today, and Cantabria is amazing! Fernando and Merche are totally dedicated to the students and were always available if ever we needed them.I loved living with my host family.

The program is extremely well organized. You find yourself speaking Spanish most of the time. I lived with three other American students from different parts of the States. Great fun!

There were also field trips to places like the Basque city of Bilbao and the Picos de Europa which were included as part of our program.
Santander has its own International airport with flights available to Rome, Berlin, Dublin and London etc... I took advantage of this on a few weekends!

Everyone in the program lived in a homestay, which is definitely the highlight. We all improved our Spanish while immersing ourselves into their culture. Most providers offer homestay as an option but with this program its the norm, and it’s brilliant! Forget living in an apartment.
We shared meals together, watched movies and even went to a soccer game!

12 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hola Brad,

Thanks for your positive reply.

We really loved to have you here and we hope you're having a nice time back in the States.

Gracias.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Default avatar
Callum
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Santander is amazing!

Where do I start?

Overall I would rate my experience as 10/10. I had an awesome time in Santander. The city is amazing. 

I was a little nervous to leave the States and study abroad but from the moment I arrived at Madrid airport and was picked up by Andy, I felt so relaxed. He’s so friendly and never stops laughing.

While I was studying in Santander, I chose to stay with Andy & Denise, which I loved. It was great coming home every day and chatting about the day. They are such a friendly couple. I also had a housemate for the semester, John, who was great company.

I learnt a lot about Spanish culture during my stay. Especially the strange eating times and the art of cutting a jamon!

Everyone was always available to help me with anything I needed. From helping me through the application process and making sure I had collected all of the necessary documents or to simply give me recommendations for places to visit during my stay.

Santander was a great place to study abroad. If you are interested in traveling to other European cities on the weekends, Santander is a perfect base to start from. Rome and Dublin were my favorites.

I highly recommend this program to anyone else thinking else thinking of studying abroad.

13 people found this review helpful.
Read my full story
Response from The Spanish Program

We all loved to have you here and, although you stayed with Denise and Andy, I remember the picture when you were cutting ham. It was hilarious. Thanks.

We hope you have a lovely time back home.

Un saludo,

Fernando.

Default avatar
Liam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best University!

The best University!

Choosing to study in English was the best decision I've ever made.
I get by in Spanish but the thought of daily lectures and then the exams in Spanish just scared me to death. The University of Cantabria was brilliant. So relaxed compared to mine back home. Alvaro (Communication of Engineering) was especially brilliant :)
I was placed for my semester with Andy and Denise a couple from Liverpool, England who have a awesome home right in the center of Puente viesgo, a short bus ride from the UC campus. They speak Spanish too so they helped with any paperwork I had to do during my time in Spain.
They cooked a variety of different meals, obviously some of them local Cantabrian specialities. Andy makes a great bean stew and supports Liverpool FC, the best soccer team in the world, he repeatedly told me!
I wish I could have stayed longer.

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think off much off the top of my head. Faster Wi-Fi?
11 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Spanish Program

Hi Liam,

Thanks for your review. Nice to hear you had such a lovely time with Andy and Denise and studying at the Universidad de Cantabria with your lecturers and program leader.

Gracias.

Regards,

Fernando.

Questions & Answers