Summer Study Abroad

Santander International Experience Scholarship funded by Santander Universities


Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Banco Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the higher education sector in areas such as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with over 1,040 universities worldwide.

The Santander International Experience Scholarship will support up to one hundred students, identified by the College, for international exchanges, language study, internships and opportunities where they can make a meaningful contribution to a local community. These scholarships will be awarded over five years. Preference will be given to students studying Spanish language and culture, as well as those participating in programmes in Spain and Latin America. Scholarships are available for up to SGD 8,500 per student.


“The limits of my language,” writes Ludwig Wittgenstein, “mean the limits of my world.” In order to cultivate students capable of navigating diverse cultures in an interconnected world, Yale-NUS strives to be a place where the study of foreign languages is vigorously encouraged and supported.

Spanish is the official or primary language of 20 countries on four continents with a total population of over 400 million. It is the third most spoken language in the world, and with the rise of several Latin American economies in recent decades, Spanish has gained prominence as a language of business. Yale-NUS College offers students a unique opportunity to begin their Spanish language studies on campus while the Santander International Experience Scholarship is available to fund students on full-immersion language programmes over the summer.


In order to receive the scholarship, students must apply directly – and gain admission – to one of the following programmes approved by Yale-NUS faculty and administrators:

Of this list, CIEE, Spanish Studies Abroad, and the Giralda Center offer beginner or advanced beginner level instruction; IES Abroad requires at least one year of college-level instruction.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Full-time enrolled Yale-NUS students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Priority consideration will be given to students applying for programs above the beginner level. Students who have not previously studied Spanish must enrol in Spanish 1 during Semester 2 and successfully complete it prior to starting their summer programme. Failure to enrol in or complete the course could result in withdrawal of the scholarship offer.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 200-300 word essay:

  • How and why study in the chosen programme fits into their academic, professional, or personal development
  • Clear rationale for why they must pursue the course abroad instead of at Yale-NUS
  • Plan to carry learning forward through further study or application of skills/knowledge gained
  • Ability to serve as a good ambassador for Yale-NUS College; adaptability, flexibility
  • Intent to bring learning back to Yale-NUS College and share with the community
  • Essays must be clear, well-written and grammatically correct

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Timeline and Process

  • 22 Oct 2018: Applications available from CIPE
  • 23 Nov 2018: Application deadline (5pm)
  • Late Nov – Early Dec: Committee meets to select recipients
  • Mid Dec: Applicants notified of decisions; recipients have a week to confirm acceptance of the Scholarship.
  • Mid Jan – Late Mar, 2019: Individual programme deadlines and admissions decisions made; Scholarship recipients to notify CIPE once they decide which programme to attend
  • Mar – May: Individual programme deposits and tuition payments due
  • Late Apr: Scholarship recipients to attend all mandatory CIPE Summer Orientation sessions
  • May – Aug: Summer programmes in session
  • 12 Aug 2019: First day of classes for Year 2-4


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If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application, please email Lindsay ALLEN ( with the subject line Online Application – Santander Scholarship.

Acceptance into this scholarship is conditional upon your participation in a pre-departure orientation at the end of April and submission of reflections post-summer.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.