Spanish Language & Liberal Arts in English and Spanish

Universidad de Deusto
Bilbao, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Spanish Language & Liberal Arts in English and Spanish

  • Location


  • Host University

    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).

  • Term

    Academic Year 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Sep 02, 2024 - May 16, 2025

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2024

  • Credit

    48 - 64 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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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.

Visa Information:

A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.


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.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Spanish Visa Support

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits

48 - 64

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

24 - 32

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

36 - 48

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • 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.
  • All 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.

Language Courses

  • 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.

Additional Fees

  • The course Spanish through Gastronomy has an additional fee of €155, paid on-site.
  • All internship courses require an additional fee of $250.

Other Considerations

  • 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.


  • 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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Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
In addition to language courses, students can choose one of the below courses with locals.
Cultural and Literary Studies
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Marlee Nangle

Program Manager, Spain


Genoveva Garcia Gallardo

Resident Director, Spain

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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.

Independent Housing

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.




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!


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