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.  The 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 three physics courses offered in English and one required Spanish language course. A Brown student can satisfy his/her need to complete two physics courses in the junior year spring by taking Advanced Experimental Techniques and by taking two courses selected from the following four courses:

  • Observational Astronomy  
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics of Materials
  • Experimental Optics

The Experimental Techniques courses is a direct substitute for Physics 1560 (Modern Physics Laboratory), and the two other courses may, with departmental approval, fulfill a student's elective course requirements.

For a summary description of these courses, see

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 (offered Spring only)


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.