About Us

The Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) is an independent institution affiliated to the Ministry of Universities with its own legal status and assets.  


Our mission is to promote culture and science, foster international and inter-regional relationships, scientific and cultural exchanges, as well as run advanced and specialised research activities. 

Academic Activities

The Summer Courses are a highlight of our ongoing academic activities and make us a pioneering university centre in Spain. Santander is the traditional academic base, although many other activities are organised and held at our other campuses.

Moreover, the university is a pioneer in Spain in organising Spanish language and culture courses for foreigners. We also organise English immersion courses for students and teachers of the language, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and VET.

Furthermore, we teach Official Postgraduate Programmes in line with the European Higher Education Area that lead to accredited Master’s and PhD degrees across Spain. In turn, we offer accredited UIMP-specific Postgraduate Programmes.


The UIMP’s main headquarters is in Madrid. The traditional base for the Summer Courses is Santander and La Magdalena Palace. Nevertheless, we have a further ten bases across Spain that run an increasingly sizeable portion of our activities. They are located in: Santander (Las Llamas Campus), Cuenca, Galicia, Barcelona, Seville, La Línea de la Concepción, the Pyrenees, Tenerife, Cartagena and Valencia.