International Menéndez Pelayo University


The Menéndez Pelayo International University was founded in 1932 and is an independent body of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, according to the by-laws which define it as a “highly cultured university”.In Spain it is one of the pioneering centres forsummer courses and language and culture courses for foreigners.The International Summer University was created on August 23, 1932 as a result of the approval of a foundational decree proposed by the Minister for Public Education and Arts, Fernando de los Ríos. Seventy years after its foundation, the UIMP is still a benchmark in the Spanish educational arena. The Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo is an autonomous organization of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Its bylaws define it as a “university centre of high culture.” It is a meeting point for students from all the Spanish university districts, teachers with different nationalities and academic status, and associate, undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Professionals from different fields are also part of the university life through its continuing education programmes. The Spanish language and culture courses for foreigners play a key role in the university’s programmes and activities. Each year, more than a thousand foreign students benefit from courses that enjoy a lasting tradition, great prestige and worldwide renown. The UIMP’s activities are primarily carried out at its Las Llamas campus, in Santander. Since the year 2000, this campus has provided all-year-around academic activities.


The university’s library has a reading room, a book lending service, and a video library where students can borrow Spanish films and documentaries. The university’s language laboratory and multimedia room are fitted with the latest technical equipment for practicing the Spanish language. A computer room with non-stop internet access is located in one of the residence buildings. Students may use the football, basketball, tennis and other sport facilities free of charge.


The UIMP facilitates a wide range of cultural activities: theatre, dance, films, concerts, lectures, discussions/lectures with writers and academic excursions around the city. Our students will be able to attend all events organised by the UIMP.



Long–term or short-term Spanish programmes

Teachers: Specialisation courses
1 week ‐ 30 hours of instruction“Introduction to the use and application of ICT in ELE classes.”
“Teaching languages in the cloud: creating personal virtual learning spaces”.
“Specialisation course for Spanish teachers: linguistic improvement, culture and the use of ICT.”
“Didactic tools and resources for ELE teachers.”
“Group dynamics in the ELE classroom.”
“Theatre as a resource in the ELE classroom.”
“Spanish overseas: basic training for visiting assistant teachers and new Spanish teachers.”
“Bilingualism and multilingualism in schooling: programmes and resources.”
“Workshops for using media resources in the ELE classroom.”
“Specialization course for teachers of Spanish: an update on language, culture and effective ICT implementation skills in the classroom” 2 weeks – 60 hours of tuition
“Teacher training course in Spanish linguistics.” 3 weeks – 60 hours of tuition
“Didactic of Spanish language for American teachers: bilingualism and multiculturalism in the Spanish classroom.”

Students of Spanish:
General Spanish Language and Culture – 2 weeks to 11 weeks
“Spanish immersion” – 40 hours tuition – 1 week
“Spanish for Specific Purposes” – 60 hours tuition – 2 weeks
“Spanish for International Professionals” – 60 hours instruction – 2 weeks
“DELE course and official examination” – 60 hours instruction – 3 weeks
Bilingual Trimester Programme – “Business, International Studies & Spanish

Language And Culture”- 10 weeks

Official certification recognised internationally by Instituto Cervantes.

This programme is very large so we recommend groups prepare it almost a year early and attend for at least one week. Ask us for the centres where the Spanish language courses are offered.



Santander: Las Llamas campus. The International Menéndez Pelayo University’s most important campus is located in Santander, the regional capital of Cantabria. The campus is situated in a privileged location within the city, just 5 minutes walk to the beaches, 5 minutes drive to the Magdalena Palace and gardens, 15 minutes walk to the city centre and 15 minutes from Santander airport by taxi.


The UIMP Research Centre in Barcelona was formally established in 1989 by Ernest Lluch. This Center achieves its main aim of spreading culture and science, while encouraging exchanges of domestic and international interest, through developing diverse academic activities. The research centre is located within Barcelona’s Centro de Cultura Contemporània (Calle Montalegre, 5). Most of the cultural and academic activities take place at this site.


UIMP Research Centre, Granada. Courses from 6 people. Ask for further information.


In 1983, the UIMP inaugurated the Seville Teaching and Research Center. Since then, several facilities within the Barrio de Santa Cruz, in the city’s historic quarter, have been home to university activities.The UIMP academic activities in Seville are scheduled around the spring and autumn semesters. The activities include lectures, conference series, seminars, academic meetings and training schools. The Spanish language and culture courses for foreigners complement the academic offering.

The vast majority of students who register for courses in Seville belong to universities from Andalusia, especially the University of Seville and the Pablo de Olavide University. Both institutions endorse the UIMP’s courses by validating them as free choice credits.

The profile of the academic activities has been very dynamic in its adaptation to changes in needs, social significance and expectations. Different buildings host the courses including Seville County Council’s “Casa de la Provincia”, the former Hospital of the Venerable- current Focus-Abengoa Foundation headquarters- and the Caja San Fernando auditorium, among others. Since the spring of 2000, the administrative offices of the UIMP Teaching Center have been located in the Flags Square, within the royal citadel, in Seville’s historic quarter.


From 27th January 1992, the headquarters of the UIMP in Valencia has been the Palau de Pineda. In Valencia, Menéndez Pelayo International University is sponsored each year by around 60 partners – public and private entities – which allow for the development of its activities. Within these sponsors are, as founding members since 1988, the Generalitat Valenciana, the Provincial Council of Valencia, the city of Valencia and all the cities universities, with which there are cooperation agreements for the recognition of free choice credits./tab]