The Cornell-Cantabria Program (CCEP)

2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: U.S.-Spain Academic Cooperation

Nomination submitted by: Miguel Angel Serna Oliveira, Vice-Rector for International Relations

Program Overview 
Engineers, whose demanding curriculum presents a well-known hurdle to finding international opportunities, nonetheless need to possess global skills, and, increasingly in the United States, the ability to understand Spanish. "The CCEP was designed specifically to address these two challenges," says W. Kent Fuchs, Cornell's Provost, "to allow students with a solid high-school background in the Spanish language to take Cornell College of Engineering curriculum-approved courses, primarily in English, while studying at the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain, for a full academic year."

The program, taught at the Universities of Cantabria and Cornell, meets the requirements of both institutions and allows up to 20 students from each university to study two full academic years together spending one year at each institution. The international experience is broadened with internships and other activities, including "construction site visits," which Cornell students consistently regard as one of the most valuable learning experiences of their academic careers. The program is recognized for its efforts to help participating students open the door to expanded international engineering opportunities worldwide.