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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: John Dunleavy Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Class Standing: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Option: Dorm, Homestay Program Open to: CSI Students, Non-CUNY Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Santander, the capital of the Cantabria region in northern Spain, serves as your host city for the summer.  With three miles of beach, this city of nearly 200,000 residents offers exciting cultural opportunities, interesting local art, and plenty of excursions. It is also close to the world-famous Altamira Caves, the Basque country, and the south of France while both Madrid and Barcelona are easily accessible via trains or buses. Luckily for you Santander is off the typical tourist list.  While known for its natural beauty, the food is pretty fantastic too.  You’ll find that the city overflows with tapas bars bursting with the region’s most exquisite flavors. But back to those beaches you can sneak off to between study sessions.  The Cantabria coast is sprinkled with some of the finest sand in Spain and the beaches take the main stage for summertime!


Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) is considered one of the leading summer universities in Spain and attracts students from more than 45 countries. The University's most symbolic building, Palacio de la Magdalena, formerly used as a summer residence for King Alfonso XIII, was restored in 1995 to create classrooms and computer facilities. Spanish language and culture courses for foreign students are taught at the nearby Las Llamas campus.

Courses are held in July for 4 weeks. Spanish language courses with a maximum of 15 students are taught in the mornings at seven levels from beginning to superior. The academic program is complemented by a variety of cultural activities: concerts, theater, art exhibitions, films, poetry, literature readings, and excursions. Beginners level A and B and Intermediate A: 80 hours per month and special classes on Spanish culture. Intermediate B and Advanced A and B and Higher: 60 hours per month and students choose 3 optional subjects per month for an additional 20 hours of classes from subjects offered: Spanish history, geography, economics, culture, poetry, theater, art, cinema, and business. Students earn 4 credits for the 4-week program. Students who are placed into the appropriate levels may be able to get CSI equivalencies for SPN 113 or 114 (first year college Spanish), SPN 213 or 215 (second year Spanish), or SPN 313 or 315 (third year Spanish).


The program cost includes accommodation in double rooms in Las Llamas residence. For an additional cost, single rooms at the Las Llamas residence and double rooms with a small bathroom in La Playa residence are available. Host families are also available (inquire about costs). Host families provide breakfast only; students are responsible for lunch and dinner, which can be purchased at the University cafeteria. Students staying in the residences may choose to eat all meals at the University cafeteria.


As part of your program, UIMP offers workshops alongside your language courses in Spanish Cuisine, Spanish Dance, Music, and Sports.  These cultural workshops are offered for a small fee and round out your Spanish language instruction.  They are a great way to meet people and learn more about Spanish culture and life.  The city of Bilbao and its world famous Guggenheim museum is also nearby.


2.7 GPA min. on a 4.0 scale

Date & Costs

Below you will find the current dates and costs for term available.  Please note all dates are subject to change.
 Summer, 2019   June 30 - July 27, 2019  $2,450

Cost includes overseas tuition, accommodation in double room, scheduled field trips, orientation in the US and abroad, sickness and accident insurance, administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs include: Airfare: $1,100 Meals: $600 Personal Expenses: $600 

Typical deadlines are as follows:

Summer: March 15th
Fall: March 15th
Spring: October 15th
Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.