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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Approved by: ENG
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace Curricular Highlights: Eng/Math/Computer Science, Natural Science
Program Description:

Cornell-Cantabria Exchange Program

Student Pic 1_Cantabria
At right: Cornell Class of 2009 student with their Cantabrian peers, Jose (Pepe) Revilla (Director of E.T.S de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos), Federico Gutierrez-Solana (Chancellor of the University of Cantabria), Angel Agud (Economic Advisor of the Cantabrian Goverment).
Study engineering at Universidad de Cantabria for one academic year. This program was originally designed for Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) majors but it is open to all engineering majors.* The program was launched during the 2007-2008 school year with eight Cornell engineering students studying at Cantabria. This exchange program requires some prior knowledge of Spanish and is coordinated by Professor Todd Cowen. Engineering and science courses are taught in English, and humanities courses are taught in Spanish.

Cornell-Cantabria Exchange Program Tumblr - a Tumblr that captures Q&A between current, past and future program participants

Hola from Santander! - a blog from students in the program

2011 Heiskell Award: Best Practices in International Partnerships

Questions? Contact Prof. Cowen (


Universidad de Cantabria: 

A comprehensive university located in Santander, the capital city of the province of Cantabria on the northern coast of Spain. (More Info on Santander)


Third year engineering students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, completion of Spanish 1230 or a minimum score of 56 on the Language Placement Spanish (LPS) exam administered by the Department of Romance Studies. (More Info for Applicants)

Coursework And Schedule:

Immersion*(August through late September): Students take one (or two) Spanish language immersion courses at Cantabria in August and September intended to bring them to a minimum equivalent of language proficiency of Spanish 2090.
Fall Semester (Late September through Mid-February): Students take four junior-level Civil and Environmental Engineering core courses and one Spanish course equivalent to a 300-level Spanish course.
Spring Semester (Mid-February through June): Students take four junior-level Civil and Environmental Engineering core courses and one humanities course on Prehistoric European Art.
Optional Internship (June through August): Following spring semester finals, students may be placed with a Spanish engineering firm for an internship experience.

Application Deadline:

February 1. Applications are accepted at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year.
Program Cost:

Tuition and Fees**: Since this is an exchange program, students pay the customary tuition and fees to Cornell University. Students are responsible for their own living expenses including travel, accommodation, meals, healthcare, books and supplies during the exchange period.  These expenses are estimated to be comparable to those of staying at Cornell (depending on the exchange rate) plus travel costs, estimated to be approximately $2,500, and a Cornell Abroad fee of $500. Standard financial aid packages apply and are adjusted to include travel.
* During the immersion, host families house students. During the academic year, students are housed in residence halls on campus.  Students have the option to live off campus and rent an apartment in Santander. The Office of International Relations at Cantabria can help make arrangements and roommate pairings
** This program may fit some students’ curriculum plans better than others’ depending on a variety of factors including Advanced Placement credit, completed prerequisites, and major affiliation requirements. Speak with an Advisor in Engineering Advising to see if this program matches your interests and needs.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.