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University of Cantabria

The University of Cantabria (UC) is one of the three universities that has been in the Top 10 list of the main Spanish rankings both in education as well as in research quality.

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The UC confers a wide range of official degrees within graduate, postgraduate and doctorate programs. Since its creation in 1972, it has provided university education for more than 40,000 students.


The UC provides students with a wide range of resources, enabling them to acquire an allround Education. Within thiscontext, its study programs seek the right balance between practice and theory, and which students can choose to supplement with complementary services such as internship programs, access to new technologies, exchange programs with foreign universities, guidance and tutorial activities, etc.


Research is one of the most important features of the University of Cantabria. The projects carried out by its research groups cover the most varied aspects of Arts and Sciences in both basic and applied research. The University provides society with a wide range of scientific and technological research, which is guaranteed by the qualifications and international recognition of its investigators.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
547 190
737 53
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

The University of Cantabria is not content merely to teach its students. Aware of what the time at university means for the student’s personal and professional development, the University provides an academic and psychological guidance service, coordinated by the UC Orientation System (SOUCAN). The organisation of practical workshops on study techniques and anxiety control prior to examinations, assistance for students with integration difficulties, and the coordination of a tutoring network in the centres are only some of the activities organised by this service connected to the University Information Network.

Housing services

The most popular and affordable type of accommodation is sharing a rented flat with other students, either Spanish or foreign. The monthly cost per person is around €200-300, without including utilities. In most cases, a deposit must be paid on signing the contract, and is usually equivalent to a month’s rent. This deposit is not returnable if the tenant leaves the flat before the end of the contract. Flats are furnished (beds, tables, chairs and full kitchen), but usually they do not have either bed linen or towels, which must be provided by the student, and they usually have a Wi-Fi connection.

Library services

The library holds 406,000 monographic works and individual volume titles, 9,247 periodicals, 10,000 publications with electronic access and 432 databases and information sources.

ICT services

To study at the University of Cantabria is to experience new technologies. Classrooms and laboratories are fitted with advanced equipment to further the progress of knowledge. These infrastructures are supported by a computer network designed to include the latest technologies.

Student Life

Campus life

The spreading of knowledge and culture is one of the University of Cantabria’s priorities. Throughout the year the campus is host to a variety of different exhibitions, congresses, courses, lectures and concerts, which make the institution one of the cultural focal points of the city and its surroundings.

Sports facilities

Cantabria is endowed with facilities for sports, Santander, the capital, being the best equipped municipality. Football pitches and the outdoor bowling areas (a local sport) are the most widespread sports facilities throughout the region. Several yacht harbours are located along the coast, providing facilities for sailing and surfing. In the mountainous areas, mountaineering, trekking and skiing can be practised. For the important sport events, Santander has the Palacio de Festivales and the 'Racing' football ground, both of them located in the Sardinero area.

Student clubs

Students at the University of Cantabria participate in the government of the institution through student representation in the University’s governing bodies and the Student Council. The University Campus also offers an ideal opportunity to make University life dynamic through University associations.

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