Last update: 20/04/2024

Santander supports students all over the world through Santander Open Academy. If you’re going to take part in the EU’s Erasmus + programme and have an excellent academic track record and you meet the requirements, Santander for Erasmus are just the ticket (even if you’re not a customer).

The European Union has run the Erasmus programme for over 35 years. Now known as Erasmus+, the programme promotes education, training, youth and sport in Europe. As part of Santander’s commitment to higher education, Erasmus+ students can get financial support from Santander for Erasmus, which promote living abroad and employability for university students.

These Santander Open Academy recognize the academic excellence of Erasmus+ participants and promote equal opportunity and inclusion in education. With grants of up to 1,000 euros to study at universities across Europe, they also provide selected students with a learning and job plan before, during and after their time abroad to help them grow professionally.

Santander for Erasmus runs in Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. It began in Spain in 2018 and launched in Germany, Poland and Portugal last year to promote living abroad and employability for university students. By the end of the next academic year, over 21,500 university students will have benefited from these scholarships to study abroad, thanks to 10.5 million euros invested so far by Banco Santander.

The programme aims to:

  • increase youth employment;
  • promote training in new skills;
  • integrate people in the European Union;
  • support innovation and cooperation between countries;
  • reduce early school leaving; and
  • increase international mobility.

For 2024/2025, undergraduate and master's degree students in Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain will be able to apply for over 3,000 grants of up to 1,000 euros each. Students can choose from over 100 universities in 27 countries to live abroad while developing the skills that companies are demanding.

"This programme sets a great example of how to promote equal opportunity and academic excellence. Because excellence should be inclusive and favour the public interest and equity".

Ana Botín, Banco Santander Executive Chair

€1.8 million

for 2024-2025

€1.8 million

for 2024-2025

Studying abroad: an unforgettable personal and professional experience

Academic courses provide the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, strengthen or acquire skills, and enrich your career. More so, if you have the chance to study abroad. 

Studying abroad introduces students to different cultures as they network, discover teaching styles at renowned universities, improve their command of foreign languages, and learn to adapt, communicate, and be resilient and independent. This is the best prelude for students who want to work abroad and prepare for an ever-globalizing job market.

What's more, Erasmus+ has helped shape an identity for Europe and promote the benefits of greater integration within the EU

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