Brown in Spain - Santander Engineering Program

At a Glance
City: Santander (Cantabria), Spain
Partner: University of Cantabria
Housing: shared flats, homestays possible
Accepts Non-Brown Students: No
Language Requirement: none, HISP200 or 110 recommended
Special Feature: Internship opportunities


Upon arrival to Santander, full year students are enrolled in a non-credit bearing two-week intensive Spanish language preparation course. Full year students then begin their regular courses at the University of Cantabria in late September. Spring term students begin their regular courses in mid-February.


Students select three engineering courses and one required Spanish language course each semester, and receive four Brown credits upon successful completion of the four courses. 

During the fall, students can choose from unit courses in Engineering Computation, Strength of Materials, Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, and Fluid Mechanics. 

In the spring, the unit courses offered include Mechanical Properties of Materials, Advanced Solid Mechanics, Structural Modeling and Behavior, Engineering Economics and Management, Coastal Engineering, Foundation Engineering and Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering. 

Academic Calendar

  • Fall (year program): Late August through June
  • Spring term: early February through June
  • Optional Internship: June through mid-August 


The University of Cantabria provides Brown students appropriate housing accommodation in shared furnished private flats duly vetted to meet appropriate construction standards, safety and security. Flats are furnished with beds, table, chairs and a full kitchen, but bed linens and towels must be provided by the student. Students also have the option of living with carefully selected Spanish families.

Internship Opportunities

Brown students who have successfully completed the full year or the spring semester are eligible for 6-8 week summer engineering internship placements. During the end of the spring term, the  School of Engineering  will work with interested students to determine a placement with a Spanish firm or a public works project. Students may be placed with public works projects sponsored by the City of Santander and the Regional Government of Cantabria, work alongside professors in research, or help with "on site" duties in supervised civil engineering projects, building anything from bridges and freeways to tunnels. Companies providing internship placements have included Ferrovial, ACS, OHL Gamesa or Acciona. Although not guaranteed, most internships will be supported with a small stipend.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.