Brown in Spain: Santander Physics 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


Upon arrival to Santander, students attend an orientation program sponsored by the University of Cantabria.  Orientation allows students to learn more about the University’s international student support as well as information about their local surrounding. Spring term students begin their regular courses in mid-February.


Students select a minimum two of three physics courseoffered in English, one required Spanish language course, and one Spanish culture course.  Should a student choose to enroll in all three physics courses, the third course can substitute the Spanish culture course.  Upon successful completion of the program, students receive four Brown credits. 

The three specific course offerings in physics are: 

  • Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • Astronomy
  • Particle Physics 

Brown faculty advisors for the program are Professor Robert Pelcovits and Professor James Valles from the Department of Physics.

Academic Calendar

 early February through June


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.

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.