Last update: 02/08/2023

Santander helps students all over the world grow through Santander Scholarships, issued every year by Santander Universities. If you’ve thought about doing an Erasmus year abroad and have excellent marks, the Santander Erasmus Scholarships are right for you, even if you’re not a customer of the bank.

The European Union has promoted the Erasmus programme for over 35 years. Today, it’s known as Erasmus+, offering opportunities for travel, higher education, learning, youth activities and sport in Europe. As part of Santander’s commitment to education, Erasmus+ students can apply for financial aid from Santander Scholarships for Erasmus (in German, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish).

These scholarships recognize academic excellence while promoting social inclusion and equal opportunity. They also provide students with a learning and job plan before, during and after their time abroad, in order to help them grow professionally.

Santander Scholarships has celebrated five years in Spain and expanded to Portugal, Germany and Poland. From the beginning, it has helped over 18,000 university students study abroad, in an investment that amounts to 8.6 million euros.

This programme maintains its founding purpose 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
  • promote international mobility.

According to the 2022 Santander Universities Report, the 2022/2023 programme offered 3,000 scholarships for graduate and master’s degree students, with up to 1,000 euros in financing for each successful applicant. University students could choose from 155 cities 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

Studying abroad: an unforgettable personal and professional experience

Academic courses provide an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, strengthen or acquire new skills, and enrich your career.

More so, if you have the chance to study abroad. Studying abroad introduces students to new cultures and ways of life, enables them to network, discover different teaching styles at renowned universities, improve their command of different languages, and learn to adapt, communicate, show resilience and be independent. This is the best prelude for working abroad or preparing for a ever-globalizing job market.

If you’re interested in studying abroad, remember these things to help you make your decision: the language you’ll be speaking; the level and academic record of each university; the cost of living in each city or country; leisure activities; and location (climate, hours of sunlight, etc).

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