About us

Supporting UK universities since 2007

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Why choose us?

  • Scholarships, travel awards and research grants
  • Agreements with over 80 universities
  • Global network of partners


Banco Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive, sustainable growth, with a long-standing dedication to higher education that sets it apart from the world's other financial institutions.

With more than €1.800 million invested in academic initiatives since 2002 through Santander Universities, and over 430,000 university scholarships and grants awarded since 2005, we’ve been recognised as the business most invested in education in the world (Informe Varkey,/UNSESCO/Fortune 500), with agreements in place with 1,000 universities and institutions in 22 countries.

Get to know the universities and countries which we collaborate with here: www.santander.com/universities 

All students deserve the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. Santander Universities UK has spent more than a decade collaborating with a large network of university partners to remove barriers to higher education for students whose ambitions aren’t always matched by their means.

With a tailored package of financial and in-kind support, we help students boost their career prospects through paid internships or overseas travel; empower them to make their business ideas a reality; and support their learning with scholarships and bursaries.

Creating life changing opportunities in the Higher Education sector which foster sustainability through inclusive and impactful support. Focussing on three key areas - Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employability - we aim to create a positive impact on the communities in which we operate.

Santander Universities was originally founded in Spain in 1996. It was the brainchild of Emilio Botin, the then Chairman of Santander, who decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and – in 2008 – the UK.

Since then, Santander Universities UK has donated over £95 million to support more than 117,000 students into higher education or work and now has 86 university partners. Globally, the division has to date invested more than €1.8bn in the shape of scholarships, travel grants, support for entrepreneurship, special projects and non-academic awards. This makes it one of the world’s largest corporate investors in higher education.

How do I apply for funding?

You’ll need to apply through the university you study at, or will study at in the near future. Please note: we don't allocate funding directly to students or to academic staff. 

You can see a list of our partner universities here.

Do you provide sponsorship?

No - as we already sponsor a number of sports personalities, and provide funding to the education sector, we can't provide additional funding to businesses or organisations requesting sponsorship.

How do I start my career at Santander?

We're always looking for driven and enthusiastic people to work within the various departments in the bank. We offer a well-structured graduate and internship scheme that is ideal for graduates looking to start a career within banking. For more information please visit: Graduate jobs at Santander Bank UK

Further queries

If you have any other queries regarding the Santander Universities Global Division and our initiatives, please don't hesitate to contact Santander Universities