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Study Abroad in Santander, Spain

Summer II 2016, July 2 - Aug. 25

Open only to currently enrolled Western Michigan University students.

Program overview

The WMU program at the Universidad de Cantabria offers qualified students the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in university courses especially designed for them.

This program offers eight weeks of intensive Spanish language instruction with an emphasis on written and oral communication as well as Spanish grammar. Also included is a four-week class in Spanish culture taught by either WMU or University of Cantabria faculty. This course will include planned excursions to area landmarks, as well as trips to such places as Comillas, Picos de Europa, Santillana del Mar and Santiago de Compostela.

pdf 2016 program flyer


Students will earn a total of nine credit hours for the eight weeks of study in Spain. Six of these summer II credits will be Spanish language and three will be Spanish culture.

Student experience

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Students selected for the program will stay with families in Santander. They will have individual rooms and will eat all three meals with the family.


Students make their own travel arrangements both to and from Santander. They are advised to consult with the faculty director before finalizing their travel plans. If they travel independently to Santander, they will be responsible for coordinating their arrival with the faculty program director. Students who wish to do so may travel to Santander with the faculty director.

Administrative organization and student responsibility

Students will be advised by the WMU faculty program director, who will be a member of the regular WMU Spanish faculty. The faculty director for Santander 2016 is Professor Pablo Pastrana-Pérez of the Department of Spanish. He will offer orientation sessions on campus prior to departure and will be in Quito during the first week of classes to assist students with any questions about their accommodations.

In addition to doing satisfactory academic work, WMU students are to comply with all rules and regulations of both WMU and the Universidad de Cantabria. Any student who does not meet academic and behavioral standards may be dropped at any time.

Western Michigan University reserves the right to cancel or revise the program if necessary.

Additional program information is available from:

Professor Pablo Pastrana-Pérez, faculty program director 2016

Professor Mercedes Tasende, study abroad advisor

Department of Spanish

Joey Rasich, WMU Office of Study Abroad specialist