Study Abroad
Western Michigan

1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan
49008-5245 USA
Phone (269) 387-5890
Fax (269) 387-0630


2425 Ellsworth Hall
WMU Mail Stop 5245

Spanish Language and Culture Experience
for WMU Employees

Information sessions:
12:10 p.m.
, Nov. 20, 2013
Room 2033 Brown Hall

5:10 p.m.
, Jan. 22, 2013
Room 2033 Brown Hall

 Santander, Spain
Santander, Spain

Offered for the fifth consecutive year, the Spanish Language and Culture Experience for WMU Employees program is planned for July 11 to July 27, 2014 in Santander, Spain and is open to all WMU faculty on continuing appointment and benefits-eligible staff.

Scholarships: The Haenicke Institute will provide $1,000 toward airfare or expenses for benefits-eligible staff. The $1,000 program fee will be covered by the Haenicke Institute for all eligible WMU faculty and staff. See the program flier for program budget.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2014.

The Spanish Language and Culture Experience for WMU Employees program will run during summer II 2014 at the Universidad de Cantabria.

Participants will study Spanish language (16 hours) and the culture of Spain (16 hours, instruction in English) and will take part in four field trips:

July 12:  Potes-Picos de Europa
July 13:  Santillana del Mar-Comillas
July 19:  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
July 20:  Museum of Evolution


  • WMU benefits-eligible staff or WMU faculty on continuing appointment.
  • Completion of Spanish 1010 (many sections available, including evening and lunch) or testing to equivalent level by the end of the summer I, 2014 term. 
    (visit http://gowmu.wmich.edu see: channel guide–academics–online testing– math and foreign language testing)
  • Signature of supervisor for benefits-eligible staff or department chair and dean for faculty.

About Santander and the university

The University of Cantabria’s campus is divided between Santander—the capital of the Autonomous Region of Cantabria--and Torrelavega, a town 20 kilometers from the capital. The city is situated between a mountain range and one of the most beautiful bays in the country, which boasts a long string of top quality beaches and recreational areas, such as the Magdalena Peninsula, the Sardinero and Mataleñas Park.

Cantabria has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Archaeological remains and historic buildings throughout the region offer vivid evidence of the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles, plus the unique architectural style of the ‘indianos’, returning adventurers from Latin America. Additionally, there are many important historical sites, including the world famous prehistoric Altamira cave paintings and remains from Roman times.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mercedes Tasende, faculty director, at mercedes.tasende@wmich.edu or Dr. Jane Blyth, study abroad director at (269) 387-5890 or via e-mail: jane.blyth@wmich.edu.