Office of International Programs

Santander Physics Program


At a Glance
City: Santander (Cantabria), Spain
Partner: University of Cantabria
Housing: shared flats, homestays possible
Accepts Visting Students: No
Language Requirement: none, HISP 0200 or 0110 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 surroundings. Students may enroll in an optional non-credit bearing two-week intensive Spanish language preparation course prior to the orientation. Students begin their regular courses in mid-February. 


Students select three physics courses offered in English, one required Spanish language course, and one Spanish culture course. A Brown student can satisfy his/her need to complete up to three physics courses in the junior year spring by taking Advanced Experimental Techniques and by taking two elective 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 two of a student's elective course requirements. Each physics course will transfer as one Brown course unit, and together, the language and culture courses will equal one Brown course unit.

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.  

Summer Research Opportunities

Brown physics students who have successfully completed the full year or the spring semester may be eligible for 6-8 week summer supervised research projects.   Towards the end of the spring term, the UC’s Department of Physics will work with interested students to determine an appropriate summer research placement with UC physics faculty researchers.   

Academic Calendar  

Mid-January through mid-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.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Brown Physics Program in Santander is open to undergraduate students from Brown. Applicants must be declared physics concentrators who have completed four semesters of study at Brown.

Students must be in good academic standing. No previous language study is required. Intensive Basic Spanish/HISP 0110 or Basic Spanish/HISP 0200 (second-semester college-level Spanish) or the equivalent is recommended.  

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.


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