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Santander Universities


Santander Universities, a global division of Banco Santander, was created in 1996 with the conviction that supporting higher education is the best way to contribute to economic and social development. The Global Division has agreements with more than 1,100 academic institutions in 20 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay. 

What We Do

Since its founding, Banco Santander has allocated more than $1.3 billion dollars to collaborative projects with universities and research centers around the world. Through Santander Universities, Banco Santander works to encourage international exchange of students and lecturers, to facilitate access to universities for economically underprivileged students, and to promote specialist research and education through the Santander Scholarship Program.


The Santander Scholarship Program supports the academic careers of more than 21,000 university students each year. In 2013, Santander awarded more than 37,000 scholarships study abroad grants, and professional internships to university students worldwide, of which more than 1,000 were awarded in the US. This is the largest investment in grants and mobility programs made by any private institution in the world. These grants provide research and specialized training for teachers as well as study and work abroad opportunities for students. As part of its higher education support plan for universities, Santander Universities also offers a series of summer seminars, conferences and workshops. In the US, Santander Bank through its Santander Universities division supports more than 4,500 new academic initiatives each year.


In addition, the global Santander Universities program provides university access to global projects such as Universia, the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library and RedEmprendia.

  • Universia is the world’s largest university network, representing over 153 million students and professors and over 1,200 universities from 23 countries. Universia addresses training needs, job placement, university-company relationships and social networks.
  • The Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library was established by the University of Alicante, Banco Santander and the Botín Foundation, with the goal of fostering Hispanic culture throughout the world. The Cervantes Virtual Library provides free access to more than 130,000 important works of Spanish-language literature.
  • RedEmprendia is an Ibero-American network with 24 universities from 7 countries.  This network promotes transfer of knowledge, technological development, innovation and entrepreneurship.