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University of Cantabria, Exchange in Engineering
Santander, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared)
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
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Princeton Program: University of Cantabria, Exchange in Engineering
Please be reminded that you need to be nominated to this program by your study abroad advisor, in addition to completing two applications:

  • Nomination deadline: October 10, 2020
  • Cantabria application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline:  October 16, 2020
The University of Cantabria exchange offers Princeton students across several Engineering tracks the opportunity to take Engineering courses in English in the beautiful city of Santander, Spain. Students should have taken at least up to the 107 level of Spanish and are also encouraged to take some courses in Spanish, as well. 

The exchange program in engineering between Princeton University and the University of Cantabria is appropriate for all CEE students, including those in the Structural and Architectural tracks. MAE students, especially those with the Spanish ability to take engineering courses in Spanish, may also take advantage of this opportunity. The UC engineering program is particularly strong in hydrology and complements the Princeton CEE curriculum by offering courses in marine and coastal engineering.

A number of engineering and science courses at the University of Cantabria are taught in English. Students with a sufficient level of Spanish can also choose to take engineering and science courses in Spanish from the general course catalog.

Engineering students studying at UC for the spring semester will have the option to participate in a summer internship. The internship possibilities include research placements at UC as well as work placements in public civil engineering offices and private construction companies. Some of the companies with which UC has ties include Ferrovia, ACS, Gamesa, and Acciona.

For more detailed information about the University of Cantabria exchange program, review the Cantabria Information Sheet.

The University

The University of Cantabria is the only on-site, public institution to offer official university study courses in the self-governed region of Cantabria. It is a young, dynamic public university, founded in 1972, whose main objective is to contribute to social progress via its commitment to teaching and scientific excellence. The University of Cantabria is one of the first nine Spanish universities that have been awarded a designation as an “International Excellence Campus” by the Ministry of Education. This award recognizes the quality of the UC concerning teaching, research, and knowledge transfer within the regional community.

The Setting

UC is located in the port city of Santander, the capital of the region of Cantabria, located on the north coast of Spain. The city has a population of 183,446. It offers a friendly atmosphere within a beautiful natural setting with a mild climate, large beaches, and attractive promenades.



Princeton students are required to enroll in a minimum of 30 ECTS credits, which typically equates to five courses at UC (the equivalent of four Princeton credits). Students may choose from courses in any department provided that the equivalent prerequisites have been completed. The program offers the following courses taught in English: Engineering Computation, Strength of Materials, Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, and Geology (in the fall semester) and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Engineering Economics and Management, Coastal Engineering, Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Systems, Structural Analysis, Geotechnical Engineering: Foundations, Excavations and Tunnels, and Hydrology (in the spring semester). A course on Prehistoric European Art, offered in English, takes advantage of the large number of Palaeolithic cave paintings in the area of Cantabria. Click here for Course Descriptions.

Non-credit bearing intensive Spanish courses are offered prior to the beginning of each term. Students with sufficient Spanish can take any approved Cantabria course offered through the general course catalog.


Applicants must have completed SPA 107/108 and have a B average in the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester abroad. Applicants must also have at least a B average in two semesters preceding the semester abroad.

Grading and Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website. 

Academic Calendar

The UC fall semester typically runs from mid September to late January.
The UC spring semester typically runs from early February to mid June.

Please visit the UC website for more detailed academic calendars


Students studying at UC are required to secure their own accommodations for the duration of the semester. Most students opt to live in private flats shared with other Spanish and/or international students, and the average monthly rent per person is around 200-300 euros, not including the cost of utilities. Emancipia is a mentored accommodation agency for students and academics, and UC recommends this service for finding private flats. Students are usually obliged to pay the flat owner a deposit (usually one month’s rent in advance). Please note that these flats are private and not affiliated with UC; therefore, UC cannot be held be responsible for any discrepancy that may arise between flat owners and the students.

There are also limited spots available in the local Halls of Residence, which are facilities that belong to institutions outside of the UC, such as Colegio Mayor Torres Quevedo (UIMP), Residencia Hermanas Trinitarias, and Residencia Santander Antiguo. More information about the Halls of Residence and other housing info can be found on the UC accommodation website

Student Life

During their time on the campus, students have access to all clubs and organizations associated with the university and may take part in a wide and varied range of activities and initiatives related to sports and culture. The Physical Activities and Sports Service offers beginners’ or advanced courses in more than 20 recreational activities and also organizes internal, inter-university, and federated competitions. Students have also recommended the Erasmus Non-Stop Organization, which is a social group for international students in Santander; Espacio Joven, which offers activities and classes for young people and is great for meeting locals; and the Environmental Conservation Group at UC, which offers environmentally-based volunteer opportunities for UC students. 

During the exchange student orientation, students will be paired with Spanish students as part of the university’s mentoring program. The Spanish students participating in this program studied abroad themselves and will assist incoming exchange students with their transition to life in Santander.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website. 

Passport and Visa 

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website. 

Spain requires a student visa for anyone studying in country for more than 90 days. Please visit the New York Consulate's website for detailed instructions and a list of application materials. Once you receive your official acceptance letter from the University of Cantabria, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the visa as soon as possible—a maximum of three months in advance—to allow enough processing time.

Application Process

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.

  1. Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in Cantabria.
  2. Once you confirm that the nomination has been completed, you will receive instructions on how to complete the University of Cantabria application. 
  3. Complete the study abroad application items in GPS no later than the deadline listed in GPS. You can access the GPS application by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!


"[Studying abroad was] one of the greatest decisions I made. If you keep an open mind and are willing to have fun you'll learn so much about yourself, other people, and life in general." -Matthew Silver '16

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