Why it’s awesome: Situated in the Cantabria region of northern coastal Spain, Santander possesses the kind of beauty that will have you nearly gasping with amazement. From the city’s quaint historical center to the stunning Picos de Europa mountain range and lovely little beaches, this Spanish city is truly a dream destination. Long frequented by Spanish royalty, Santander is also home to the Palacio de la Magdalena (Magdalena Palace), a majestic palace that was the official summer residence of the Spanish King in the early 20th century. In short, Santander is practically teeming with history, culture, and beauty — making it the perfect study abroad program location.

What you’ll do during your experience: During your program, you’ll enjoy taking language classes at the Universidad de Cantabria, Santander’s local university. You’ll get to partake in some awesome afternoon electives, which include Flamenco Dance, Photography, Northern Spain Cooking, Surfing, and more. And you’ll go on some seriously cool cultural excursions, including (but not limited to!) a tour of beautiful Madrid, a visit to famed Segovia, and a hike in the glorious Picos de Europa.

What you’ll gain from the program: Confidence in your ability to speak Spanish, a whole new network of friends from across the world, college-worthy global leadership skills, a deep appreciation for Spanish culture and history, and a serious taste for the best paella Spain has to offer!