Santander Course | USA Summer Experience – UPenn offers a language immersion experience in the USA for young people aged 18 to 30 from 11 countries.

This includes course costs, flights, accommodation, health insurance, a certificate of attendance, activities and an invitation letter from the University of Pennsylvania for the USA visa application process.

Applications can be submitted until 13 March 2024 at Santander Open Academy.

Madrid, 9 January 2024.
For the first time, Banco Santander, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, has launched Santander Course | USA Summer Experience – UPenn, which offers young people 90 places to study English in person, allowing them to experience linguistic and cultural immersion on the university’s own campus, in the vibrant city of Philadelphia in the USA.

The course will help recipients improve their English language training and their job prospects and is aimed at young people aged between 18 and 30 years old from 11 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay). Applicants must have a level of English at least equivalent to B1 in order to apply for one of the places.

Santander Course | USA Summer Experience – UPenn includes the cost of flights, University accommodation, medical insurance, a certificate of attendance, social and cultural activities and a letter of invitation from the University of Pennsylvania for the USA visa application process.

The course lasts three weeks, from 8-28 July. The content is designed to help young people learn and practise English while reinforcing and practising other skills, such as leadership, teamwork, persuasive communication, social media and positive psychology.

Applications will be open until 13 March in Santander Open Academy. This is a free course. No university degree is necessary, and being a Santander customer is not a requirement.

According to Rafael Hernández, Global Deputy Head of Santander Universities, “Language immersion is the best way to boost progress when it comes to improving language training. And what better than doing so immersed in a multicultural environment, in a city as iconic as Philadelphia and at an equally iconic university such as the University of Pennsylvania, with whom we have a very close and trusting relationship.”

Jack Sullivan, Director of the University of Pennsylvania English Language Programs, added, “We are thrilled to continue our valued partnership with Banco Santander by welcoming scholarship recipients to our beautiful Ivy League campus in Philadelphia where we will develop their professional English skills, as well as explore important sociocultural dynamics behind the language that factor into effective intercultural communication.”  

Banco Santander steps up its commitment to education and employability by calling for applications for these programmes, hand in hand with prestigious international institutions. Santander Open Academy is a global learning and professional development platform that offers access to training to improve professional skills and employability with 100% subsidised courses, high-quality free content and scholarships with leading universities and institutions around the world, which are updated depending on which skills are most highly sought after in the market at any given time.

Santander and its support for education, employability, and entrepreneurship

Banco Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive sustainable growth. It boasts a long-standing and groundbreaking 27-year commitment to education, employability, and entrepreneurship, which sets it apart from the world's other financial institutions. The bank has allocated more than 2.2 billion euros and supported more than one million people and companies through agreements with more than 1,300 universities.  It has also been recognised as one of the companies that is doing the most to change the world for the better, according to the list in Fortune magazine 'Change the World' (

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For over a half a century, the English Language Programs (ELP) has offered open-enrollment programs in Academic, Business, and General English as well as programs to matriculated Penn students in areas such as business, design, and law. The ELP also offers teacher training, intercultural education, and testing. Custom programs and consulting services are available for foundations, multinational corporations, universities, and government agencies. (