About us

Supporting UK universities since 2007

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Why choose us?

  • Scholarships, grants and courses
  • Agreements with 75 universities
  • Global network of partners


Santander Universities Programme

We help students to make the most of their talent. Here in the UK, we’ve been working with universities for over fifteen years to help remove barriers to higher education. 

Through our partnerships with universities, we provide grants, scholarships, and internships to students. We also provide funding for the innovators of the future to help them launch and grow their businesses. 

At Santander Universities we believe education is today’s solution for a better tomorrow. We’re committed to connecting anyone, anywhere with the skills they need to build a brighter future.

Santander is committed to helping people and businesses prosper. We have a long-standing commitment to higher education. 

Santander Universities was founded in Spain in 1996. It was the vision of Emilio Botin, the Chairman of Santander at the time. He decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. As the programme began to grow, so did its global reach. It’s now in more than 20 countries. 

Since 1996 we’ve invested €2.2 billion in education, employability, and entrepreneurship.

 In 2023, this work was recognized by Fortune magazine. They named us on their Change the World list. Get to know the universities and countries we work with.

We arrived in the UK in 2008. Since then, Santander Universities UK has donated over £95 million. That’s helped more than 117,000 students. We now have 75 university partners.

How do I apply for funding?

Certain opportunities are managed by our partners, and you’ll need to apply directly through your university. 

We also run opportunities that are open to everyone including prize draws and grants. Visit the Santander Open Academy website to see current initiatives.

Do you provide sponsorship?

No. We provide funding to the education sector through our partnerships and initiatives. We don’t consider sponsorship requests from companies.

How do I start my career at Santander?

We're always looking for driven and enthusiastic people to work at Santander. We offer a graduate and internship scheme that’s ideal for students looking to start their career. Find out more about UK graduate jobs with Santander.

Still have questions?

To find out more about us and our initiatives, just get in touch.