Located in the heart of Santander at the modern and dynamic University of Cantabria which has about 13,000 students and 1,000 professors and researchers. The University of Cantabria’s Centro de Idiomas boasts more than two decades of experience teaching Spanish to students from all over the world. This intensive program aims to improve students’ knowledge of the Spanish language, their ability to speak correctly and effectively outside the classroom, and to effectively integrate students into the local culture.
Students take six hours of coursework per session taught at the Universidad de Cantabria on the northern coast of Spain. Two summer sessions are offered and students can attend either one or both. At least one course each session is taught by a UT faculty member; local professors teach all others. All students take Spanish language courses during both sessions.
Students live with carefully selected local families; one student per family unless otherwise requested. Intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to sign a pledge stating that they will speak only in Spanish while at home and at the university. Students eat lunch, the biggest and most important meal of the day, with their host families. Living with host families proves to be students’ favorite part of their experience abroad.
6 hours of Spanish language:
SUMMER SESSION I
- SPN 611D | Intermediate Spanish
- SPN 327G | Advanced Grammar and Composition and SPN 328 | Spanish Civilization
- SPN 346 | Practical Phonetics and SPN 328 | Spanish Civilization
SUMMER SESSION II
- SPN 611D | Intermediate Spanish
- SPN 327G | Advanced Grammar and Composition and SPN 350 | History of Spanish Art
- SPN 352 | Spain and the Generation of 1898 and SPN 350 | History of Spanish Art
Melissa Murphy is the Language Program Director and Coordinator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she is actively involved in curriculum development and graduate instructor training. Dr. Murphy has 14 years of university teaching experience and currently teaches Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics and teaching methods at the University of Texas. She served as faculty leader in Córdoba, Argentina in the summer of 2010, and will be teaching Practical Phonetics (SPN 346) during the first summer session in Santander, Spain.
Dr. Dale Koike is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Spanish and Portuguese pragmatics and discourse analysis, language acquisition, language variation, and heritage language learning. She is the editor or co-editor of several volumes, and is also co-author of Lingüística aplicada: adquisición del español como segunda lengua (with Carol Klee, 2013, 2nd ed., John Wiley). She has authored or co-authored several book chapters, as well as refereed journal articles in venues such as the Journal of Pragmatics, the Modern Language Journal, and Spanish in Context. She is presently interim director of the UT Center for Open Educational Resources for Language Learning, has extensive experience in leading study abroad groups, including two UT programs to Cádiz, Spain, one to Santander, Spain and two non-UT trips to Cuernavaca and Oaxaca, both in Mexico, and has served as evaluator in San José, Costa Rica, and Salamanca, Spain. She has also taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Program and Application Details
For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.