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Practical information for Credit Mobility students

Preparing your stay

The University of Cantabria

Legal aspects before arriving

Academic information

They key aspect of the Erasmus Credit Mobility Programme is that the courses you take and succesfuly pass at the UC (that will also need to appear in your approved Learning Agreement) will be automatically recognized at your home university when you return. The person who will approve (sign) your Learning Agreement in Cantabria and who can provide you with academic orientation is your International Relations Co-ordinator (please check the relevant person depending on your area of studies).

You can check some useful information concerning the UC and its academic calendar here:

Language requirements
It is highly recommended to have a B1 of Spanish to register and follow regular courses in Spanish and a B2 to register in Courses taught in English.

Course catalogue

Erasmus+ Credit Mobility students will need to check with their home and host universities the area of studies from wich they can take their courses in English (according to the bilateral agreement between both universities):

Bachelor students

Additionally bachelor students can take courses in Spanish to complete tehir study plan at the UC (many of these are included in the UC 'English Friendly' course catalogue):

Master's students may check the teaching offer at: or at (please note that most Master courses are taught in Spanish and an additional authorisation by the academic co-ordinator may be required for exchange students to be able to enroll. If in doubt, please contact the International Relations Office).

For PhD mobilities please contact the International Relations Office.

Health Insurance
Students from outside the European Union must have a private medical insurance covering medical assistance throughout the complete exchange period. Registration is not official until copy of the health policy is duly submitted to the IRO (International Relations Office).

Should the policy not be written in Spanish or English, it is mandatory to produce a legalized translation in Spanish.

In general terms t
hese are the recommended minimum guarantees that should be covered by your personal insurance policy during the whole duration of your stay at the UC:

  • Death or permanent disability: up to € 50,000
  • Medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospitalization expenses due to illness or accidents: up to a limit of € 100,000
  • Repatriation in case of death: unlimited
  • Medical transport in case of accident or serious illness: unlimited
  • Displacement of a relative in case of hospitalization of more than 5 days: unlimited
  • Private civil liability: up to € 100,000

In case your insurance does not meet all these minimum guarantees, as a last resort, you have the possibility of taking out a complementary insurance upon arrival in Santander.


How to get to UC
Page #56 of the UC International Student's Guide offers information on the different alternatives that exist to get to Santander. Once in the city, you can choose to use the Santander Urban Transport Service (TUS) to get around.

Spanish course

Exchange students have the possibility to take a course in Spanish as a foreign language at the UC Language Centre:

Arriving at the UC

The International Relations Office (ORI)

Welcome and Orientation Programme

With the aim of facilitating the integration of all students and, as a first contact with the UC, Santander and Cantabria, the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization and Co-operation organizes a Welcome and Orientation Programme that includes a Mentoring Programme. Some activities are free of charge but if you wish to participate in the excursions you will be required to pay a fee.

During your stay

Santander and Cantabria

Student associations

Interested in participating in a student association during your stay in Santander? If so, please check these links:

IT Services

UC Library

What can the BUC offer to foreign students?  [+ info]

Medical assistance and emergencies

We hope you don't need to use this information once in Santander, but in case you need to, you can Check this summary.

Bank account

There are several Spanish and international bank offices available for students to open a bank account. Some banks may ask for a photocopy of your passport and proof of registration at the UC.

Other activities for students

At the end of your stay

Certificate of attendance

Before going back to your country, remember to visit the ORI the last working day of your stay in order to collect your Certificate of Attendance.
Please bear in mind that:

  • The ORI will not sign any Certificate of Attendance including a date earlier than the end of the stay

Transcript of records

The UC will issue a Transcript of Records digitally signed and a printable version which can be downloaded by the students themselves (Campus Virtual) and verified by the home university through a CSV code, by a simple procedure, on the UC secure online portal:, no later than 5 weeks after the assessment period has finished.

ECTS grading scale:

ECTS grade% of successful students normally achieving the gradeDefinition
A10EXCELLENT − outstanding performance with only minor errors
B25VERY GOOD − above the average standard but with some errors
C30GOOD − generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D*25SATISFACTORY − fair but with significant shortcomings
E*10SUFFICIENT − performance meets the minimum criteria
FXFAIL − some more work required before the credit can be awarded
F*FAIL − considerable further work is required
The University of Cantabria does not apply ECTS grades D, E and F.