Learn Spanish in Santander


Population 190.000

The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain between Asturias (to the west) and the Basque Country (to the east). The city is the home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santander.

Climate summer 28°C. Winter 10°C 
To see Caves of Altamira, Santillana del Mar,El Sardinero beaches, La Magdalena. Casino and Plaza de Cañadío
To do

Try cantabrian gastronomy (marmita, cocido montañes..), take the sun at fantastic beaches, night live, excursions to Santillana del Mar, Pais Vasco and much more.


Santander CathedralSantander is a particularly attractive location for study abroad. One of the country's most fashionable resorts in summer, it is a beautiful city of 200,000 people set on a sparkling bay on Spain's northern coast, approximately 300 miles from Madrid and 150 miles from the French border. A one-day ferry links the city to England.El Sardinero beach

Santander is also within easy reach of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Spain, as well as the caves of Altamira, which have been called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art," and the picturesque village, now a national monument, of Santillana del Mar. Though the coastal climate is moderate even in winter, skiing is available as early as December at an inland ski resort 45 miles from Santander. Sunbathing and surfing on the magnificent beaches are possible as late as mid-October.

The city is an important cultural and intellectual center, being the site of two universities: Universidad de Cantabria and Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo.

The School

Our school in Santander is a small school established in the city of Santander since 1978.

IH Santander is a Full Member of The European Association for Quality Language Services EAQUALS (www.eaquals.org), considered the most demanding accreditation in our sector.

All of our teachers are experts in the area of Spanish Language Teaching.

All students have access to internet in the computer room and the school has WiFi access for students with their own computers.

 Spanish in Santander

Situated in the town center
!0 minutes in bus to the beach
Close to bus stops

Floor with 400m2 with ample natural light
New installations
Computer lab with computers and free Internet access 
Wi-Fi (wireless access throughout the school) 
Well-equipped library and video library
Teacher's room
Air conditioning and central heating

Spanish Courses


Flexibility, variety and quality: these are the elements that define Spanorama Spanish programs in Spain.

Courses starting every Monday, all year round
Minimum course duration: 1 week, and up to 1 year
Maximum 10 students per class, average 5-6
5 hours of cultural lessons and workshops every week

Get to know the characteristics, destinations and prices of all of our Spanish courses in Spain on these pages.

GeneSpanish lessonral Intensive Course

4 lessons of 50 minutes from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 13:30 with a coffe
break of 30 minutes. Courses run all year. Minimum period of
enrolment is 2 weeks. Maximum number of students per class: 10.

General Intensive Course - Long term

4 lessons of 50 minutes from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 13:30 with a coffe
break of 30 minutes. Courses run all year. Minimum period of
enrolment is 12 weeks. Maximum number of students per class: 10.



The following accommodations are available in Santander:

Host FamilyHost family

All of the families that work with IH Santander have been carefully selected.

If you would like another kind of housing (hotel, hosle, residence, apartment, rural home), please ask for more information.




Santander Activities

Afternoons and weekends are times for activities. Our goal is for students to get to know each other and the Spanish Culture while having fun. This is why we organize and promote different cultural activities. Sometimes they are with the teachers and others in a group, but they are always recommended by the IH staff. These kinds of activities reflect the relaxed and familiar environment that characterizes our school and gives students confidence by putting into practice what they have learned in class. Many cultural activities are even held within the school.



A unique characteristic of Santander is the quality of its restaurants. For example in the centre of the city, there is a restaurant that holds the highest distinction, the Estrella Michelin, and there are many tapa bars where it is possible to try the best Spanish food for very little money. After eating well, there is a fantastic night life both in the bars and discos, and on the street.Activities

Sports in Santander

Without leaving the city, it is possible to :
Kite Surf
Practice football, basketball...



General Intensive Course

  Intensive +
    20+5 lessons per week
  2 weeks 300€
  3 weeks 444€
  4 weeks 589
  6 weeks 878€
  8 weeks 1.155€
  12 weeks 1.700
  24 weeks 3.300
  + extra week 152€

Starting Dates
All couse fees includes. Level test, course material (except books), cultural and social program & excursions (tickets and trasportation not included). Certificate, and Portfolio, access to all the school facilities and free internet access.
Prices for alternative types of accomodation are available on request

All students enrolled on the course must have medical insurance.
We strongly recommend students to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance in their country of origin to cover any loss, sickness or accident which may occur during the course. Students may also take out medical insurance through the school.
Students from the UE countries can obtain the E-111 form in their respective countries to receive medical assistance in Spain. Remember to bring the original copy with you.

Accomodation Prices

Host Family
(prices per week)

From October to Mayo
From June to September
    B&B Full Board B&B Full Board
  Single room 151€ 170€ 170€ 189€
  Double room 114€ 132€ 151€ 170€

Prices for alternative types of accomodation are available on request
Accommodation-week: from the Sunday evening before the course begins until the Saturday morning after the course ends.