About Us

The Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) is the on-site university institution run by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports specialising in teaching Spanish. Founded in 1932 and designed as a high-culture institution, every year academics, scientists, politicians, creators and other renowned national and international professionals from all areas of knowledge are invited to teach in Santander at the La Magdalena Palace, Las Llamas Campus and different sites across Spain



Located on the Cantabrian coast, Santander is home to one of the most beautiful bays in Europe. It is the capital of the region of Cantabria—one of the top tourist destinations in Spain thanks to its rich nature and landscapes combining sea and mountain settings within just a few kilometres. The area is home to highly diverse ecosystems, delicious cuisine and lots of sports and leisure activities for all kinds of visitors.

The main headquarters is located in Santander at Las Llamas Campus (Avenida de los Castros, 42). It is the permanent site of our Spanish courses throughout the year.

In addition to the Spanish courses, La Magdalena Palace also plays host to lifelong professional training in the summer session. Students enjoy open access to a wide international selection of courses, supplemented by a busy and excellent programme of cultural activities.