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University of Cantabria, Exchange in Engineering
Santander, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Fall 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: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
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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: TBD
  • Cantabria application deadline: TBD
  • Princeton application deadline: October 26, 2018

This Princeton-University of Cantabria (UC) exchange program in engineering 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.



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.

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 (.pdf).


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 & Credits:

Princeton students will normally be enrolled in the standard five-course load at UC, which consists of 30 ECTS credits. Students may choose from courses in any department provided that the equivalent prerequisites have been completed. 

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 lat January.
The UC spring semester typically runs from early February to mid June.

Review the UC 2016-17 Key Dates for more detailed calendar information.


Students interested in finding accommodations in private flats shared with other students (Spanish students and other exchange students) should submit the accommodation application form with their application.

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 or ORI; therefore, ORI cannot be held be responsible for any discrepancy that may arise between flat owners and the students.

For more information, visit the accommodation website or e-mail   

Student Life

During their time on the campus, students may take part in a wide and varied range of activities and initiatives related to sports, culture, and associations. 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.

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 Cantabria.

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. 
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

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. 
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.  

Student Visas must be applied for at the consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence or the state in which you attend college. It is strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible—as early as three months in advance—to allow enough processing time. It takes a minimum of seven weeks to process this type of visa. A Student Visa is required for all nationalities, except citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The fee for the Long Stay Student Visa (more than 90 days) is $160 for U.S. citizens and $81.00 for other nationalities. Consular Fee can ONLY be paid in money order issued by the United States Postal Services, payable to Consulate General of Spain. Note: to confirm the most up-to-date fees, refer to the fees on the website of the Consulate General of Spain.

NOTE: If the period of study in Spain is longer than six months, you must submit a FBI Background Check, notarized and legalized by the “Apostille of the Hague.” (Local police background checks are no longer accepted as of June 15, 2010.) This process can take 12 weeks, so it is important to plan ahead!

Application Process

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

  • Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in Cantabria.

  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.

  • Complete the study abroad application items in GPS no later than the deadline listed in GPS.

To complete your application, you must complete and submit the University of Cantabria Learning Agreement online (linked from your GPS application), and will also submit the following materials to the Office of International Programs:

  • Copies of your Cantabria exchange application materials:

    • Completed UC Learning Agreement, which you will submit online

    • UC application form for accommodation

    • Orientation program form

  • Official Princeton transcript

  • Two original 2” x 2” passport photos

  • Proof of health insurance coverage valid for the entire stay at UC

  • One Spanish language recommendation

  • One faculty letter of recommendation (from a professor in a non-language subject)

  • Essay responses

  • Resume

  • Photocopy of valid passport

Students must also complete the Princeton Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


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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