Santander Bank and Santander Universities Global Division to Support International Study at Mount Ida College

Friday,  October 25, 2013-


Newton, MA—Mount Ida College has signed its first collaborative agreement with Santander Bank’s Global Division, Santander Universities, which will allow the College’s Center for Global Connections  to enhance its international travel study abroad programs, including offering financial aid to students who would not otherwise be able to participate in its international travel abroad programs.

The new agreement was signed by Barry Brown, President of Mount Ida College and Roman Blanco, CEO of Santander Holdings USA and Santander Bank, formerly Sovereign Bank during yesterday’s on-campus ceremony with distinguished guests from both institutions.


In signing the agreement, President Brown stated, “Mount Ida College prepares students to launch successful careers. In today’s global economy, gaining international experience prior to graduation is essential. Santander Universities and Santander Bank recognize this and share our common purpose for which we are grateful. We are proud to have Santander and Santander Universities as a partner in supporting international study at Mount Ida.”

The Center for Global Connections at Mount Ida College was established to promote understanding of globalization on campus and in the classroom and to offer students and faculty a diverse range of study abroad opportunities. Since its founding, the Center has been responsible for connecting domestic and international students on campus for educational and social programming, facilitating the smooth transition of our international students into American college life and giving a growing number of students the opportunity to travel abroad, including Semester at Sea and study and internship experiences in Europe, China and Australia, to name just a few.

About Santander Universities

The Santander Universities program was launched in 1996. With this program, Banco Santander supports, through its local affiliates like Santander Bank, formerly Sovereign Bank, the higher education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility, and innovation.
The agreements Santander Universities sign represent long-term partnerships with participating universities. Santander’s support is customized to each university, which means that they can develop their educational and research priorities, and maximize the benefits of Santander Universities’ global scope. To learn more about Santander Universities, please visit

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more about our undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs, visit the College’s website at