Spanish Language & Culture

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo
Santander, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Spanish Language & Culture

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

    Since its founding in 1932, the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) has earned a reputation as one of the premier higher education institutions in Spain. It was founded as a summer university and is a leader in providing Spanish language and culture instruction to international students. The UIMP’s academic rigor is demonstrated by its quality courses and seminars taught by recognized specialists and Spanish professors. Popular areas of study include Spanish language and culture, history, and literature. Courses are held at the UIMP's Las Llamas Campus, located minutes from El Sardinero, Santander's enclave of pristine beaches. In addition to superb academics, the UIMP also offers a wide variety of cultural activities such as concerts, theatre performances, art exhibits, and poetry readings.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 05, 2019

  • Credit

    80 - 100 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


Program Description

This program accommodates students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. Beginning and intermediate speakers take one 100 hour Spanish language course, depending on the level and the session. Advanced speakers will select two courses, including grammar and culture courses taught in Spanish, for a total of 90 hours of instruction. Classes are comprised solely of ISA students and are taught by UIMP faculty.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities


Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Kendra Ansotigue

Program Manager, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days when you will receive a picnic lunch for the first day) and laundry service, including a change of sheets and towel, once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Spain (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two day trips to the following destinations.


Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.


Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

Travel first to San Sebastian where you will take in some of the city’s most breathtaking views of the elegant architectural and winding coastline. Next you’ll visit the modern cultural hub of Bilbao, the capital of the Biscay Province and a great place to experience Basque culture.

Puente Viesgo, Santillana del Mar & Comillas

Enjoy northern Spain’s beautiful nature, ancient past, and vibrant culture on this excursion. You’ll explore the limestone caves of Puente Viesgo, see the medieval architecture of Santillana del Mar, and visit one of Antonio Gaudi’s most iconic buildings.