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Universidad de Deusto
The Universidad de Deusto (Deusto) was founded in 1886 as Spain’s first private university. It is located in the heart of Bilbao on either side of the Nervion River. The two sides of campus are connected by a pedestrian footbridge and are adjacent to the famous Guggenheim museum. Deusto is very well-connected to Bilbao and has beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. There are many opportunities for you to meet local students at Deusto including the Tandem program which pairs you with a local conversation partner. Courses are available in both English and Spanish and, while you will likely take courses with international students, there is also the option to enroll in courses with locals. Classes are available in the fields of business, engineering, computer science, global studies, psychology, Basque studies and Spanish language and culture. Deusto is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).
Fall 1 2023
Aug 31, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023
Jun 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2023
24 - 32 ECTS Credits
2.75 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Improve your Spanish language abilities while learning about Spanish and Basque cultures in this immersive program open to students of all language levels. In addition to standard coursework, there are also experiential learning opportunities including an internship in education and a service-learning course for students at the advanced language level. This is a great option for those looking to give back to the host community while engaging more deeply with the local culture.
The beginning and intermediate language courses are modular and progressive while the advanced language course may be taken in any order. You will take up to three language classes in conjunction with relevant content courses. Most classes are taken with international students though there is the option to enroll in up to two courses with locals after arriving on-site in either English or Spanish. All courses are taught by Universidad de Deusto faculty on the beautiful downtown campus.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Spanish Visa Support
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
24 - 32
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Per the Universidad de Deusto, 6 ECTS is equivalent to 3 U.S. Semester Credits
- Students must select at least 24 ECTS per semester of courses with international students. In addition, students have the option to enroll in TWO liberal arts courses in English or Spanish with local students once on site, dependent on their course schedule. Course enrollment is confirmed on site.
- Students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancelations.
- The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change.
- Please reference Fall and Spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Bilbao Program Manager.
- Additional courses with locals may also be available. Please contact ISA for eligibility requirements and information on courses in the following departments: Business, Cultural Studies, Development, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, etc.
- Beginning and Intermediate language courses are modular and progressive. Students may progress through both courses in a semester. In order to enroll in Elementary Spanish II or Intermediate Spanish II, you MUST enroll in Elementary Spanish I or Intermediate Spanish I, respectively, as well.
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by Deusto. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
- The course Spanish through Gastronomy has an additional fee of €155, paid on-site.
- All internship courses require an additional fee of $250.
- The transcript from the Universidad de Deusto will reflect ECTS credits for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
A homestay is a great option if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee. Placements are located throughout the city center however homestays near the beach (20 minutes outside the city center by metro) may be available upon request.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Gernika was made famous by Picasso’s painting by the same name, depicting the devastating fire bombing during the Spanish Civil War. You will visit the Peace Museum and Peoples’ Park where you will learn how Gernika is now a city active in international peace movements. You will also experience the region’s rich biodiversity and visit the nearby surfer’s town of Mundaka.
San Sebastian & Biarritz, France
During this multi-day excursion, you will explore two of the Basque country’s beautiful coastal towns. Biarritz is in the south of France, it is a fishing town and a hub for tourists and surfers. There you will visit the beautiful Imperial Chapel and learn about the local delicacies at the Chocolate Museum. San Sebastian is an elegant city and home to Concha beach, one of northern Spain’s most emblematic and popular beaches. In both of these cities you will learn about Basque culture and identity and what forms they take across national lines.
La Rioja and Pamplona
Your first stop on this two-day excursion is Laguardia in the La Rioja province, known internationally for its vineyards. You will then visit Pamplona where you will learn about the running of the bulls and explore the city’s medieval sites. You will also learn about the local San Fermin festival, made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun also Rises.
Burgos has been an important cultural and political hub since medieval times when it was the capital of the Kingdom of Castille. You will explore Burgos’s rich history and learn about is relevance in modern Spanish society through visits to sites such as the Museum of Human Evolution and a notable stop along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
Cultural Activities in Bilbao
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Bilbao. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Bilbao special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included visits to the famous Guggenheim museum, art exhibits and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bakio, plus countless opportunities to dive into Basque culture through film, language and dancing!