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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/29/2019 09/29/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: Yes
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Homestay Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Take courses from one of three following programs alongside other American and international students
    • Spanish Language & Culture
    • Business, International Relations, and Spanish
    • or Engineering, Business, and Spanish
  • For those with a high-advanced level of Spanish, courses are also available with Spanish students
  • Students can improve their Spanish language skills by living with a local host family
  • Guided excursions in and around Bilbao are included in the program fee
  • Live in the beautiful city of Bilbao in the Basque Country of Northern Spain

Program Overview

Bilbao is a cosmopolitan city, open to Europe. Despite its industrial character, the warm-hearted welcome of its inhabitants make Bilbao a place where students find they feel quickly integrated. You'll discover all the attractions of the most populous city in the Basque Country. Business, leisure, and culture are regarded as symbols of the city. Its beautiful landscape, nature, and excellent cuisine will not leave you indifferent. The construction of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry in the old port area, across the river from the university, has served to revitalize the city, thus motivating an important influx of tourists both on a national, and international scale. The beauty of its landscape and natural surroundings makes the Basque Country an ideal environment to go on excursions both along the coast and inland. There is a wide range of cultural and artistic activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cuisine in the Basque Country is renowned for having set the foundations of culinary tradition.

University of Deusto: (pronounced "Day-oh-stoh") has been a pioneer in the academic scene in Spain—always trying to give an answer to the professional and human demands of its students. A good example—is the fact that it was the first Spanish university to offer business studies. The Business School, founded in 1916, is still one of the most prestigious business centers in Spain. In addition, given its commitment to its international projection, it currently leads numerous International academic projects which are amongst the most highly valued in the European Union. The International Spanish Center (CIDE) at the University of Deusto is responsible for providing all international students quality training for the development of communication skills in Spanish. Check out this Presentation for Study Abroad at University Deusto for more information. More information about Basque Country, the Basque Coast and Bilbao and Basque Cities.



University of Deusto

The Centro Internacional de Español (CIDE) combines Spanish Language courses at all levels with courses taught in Spanish and English that are specifically designed for visiting international students in areas such as Hispanic and Basque culture, literature, grammar, international relations, economy, business, and engineering. Students with a high-advanced level of Spanish may also take one course taught in Spanish with local students from different departments of the University of Deusto.

Choose courses from one of three CIDE programs: Spanish Language & Culture; Business, International Relations, and Spanish; or Engineering, Business, and Spanish. These programs are designed for international students studying abroad in Spain for a semester or year.  You'll take 4-6 courses per semester based on the CIDE program you choose. You will indicate the track that you want to apply for in your UMD application. Once you are accepted by the University of Deusto, you will indicate the courses you want to take and will be notified before you arrive if any conflicts arise.

You'll take courses offered only in the track that you select. If you have a high level of Spanish language proficiency, you can select to enroll in an internship or service learning for credit. All students will take a Spanish language placement test once they arrive in Bilbao to help determine what level of Spanish is appropriate for them at the University of Deusto. *some courses have a fee which is not included in the program cost; you will be responsible for paying the University of Deusto directly if you enroll in these courses.

  • Current course offerings can be viewed at CIDE’s webpage. Select a program from the top menu tab along with the appropriate term (fall or spring) to see courses offered.
  • View foreign University of Deusto courses already reviewed by UMD (select "Universidad de Deusto" in the “Foreign University” list)
  • Don’t see a course reviewed at UMD? Request a syllabus
  • This program counts for the UMD Liberal Education Global Perspectives requirement
  • Study abroad foreign courses must be reviewed at UMD prior to program participation so that you know how they will contribute to your degree progress. 

Important Dates

View the University of Deusto's fall and spring calendars.

Spring Semester 2019

  • Arrival: January 8, 2019
  • Orientation: January 9 - 10, 2019
  • Semester: January 14 - May 15, 2019

Fall Semester 2019

  • Arrival: September 2, 2019
  • Orientation: September 4, 2019
  • Semester: September 4 - December 17, 2019
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the University of Deusto** 

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Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for the University of Deusto:

Language & Culture Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,349
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,299

Spring 2019 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,349
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,299

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs
Program Cost: $19,248
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,100
Estimated Total Cost: $33,348

Engineering & Business Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,545

Spring 2019 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,545

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs
Program Cost: $19,540
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,100
Estimated Total Costs: $33,640

Business & Spanish Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,545

Spring 2019 Term Costs
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,950
Estimated Total Cost: $18,545

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs
Program Cost: $19,540
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $14,100
Estimated Total Cost: $33,640

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • Airport reception & pick up service
  • Guided Excursions
  • Spanish medical insurance
  • On-site staff support
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


(Note: study abroad program credits cannot be used in tuition banding.)

Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others.

Housing Options

Before your arrival in Bilbao, the CIDE staff will provide you with detailed information about the different housing options available for program participants. They'll process all the applications and remain available to help to solve any difficulties that might arise. The UMD Study Abroad office highly encourages you to choose a homestay to make an instant connection with a person/people living in Spain, to experience life and culture in a Spanish/Basque home, and to improve your Spanish language skills. The following housing options are available:

Family Stay:

  • Families in Bilbao or suburbs (metro access)
  • Integration in family life
  • Housing in single or shared room (depending on availability)
  • Three daily meals and laundry included

Residence Hall:

  • Co-ed dorm located close to the university
  • Single room with bathroom
  • Three daily meals
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Facilities include the following: washing room (token-operated washers and dryers, and iron available), library, study room, TV room, computer room (free Internet access), and gym
  • 24-hour reception service available

Room in shared apartment with kitchen privileges:

  • Student shared apartments in Bilbao
  • Single or shared room (depending on availability) in privately owned, furnished apartments
  • Access to common areas: living-room & bathroom
  • Bed linen, towels and blankets provided only in some cases
  • Please notice apartments can be co-ed
  • Unlike family stay or residence hall options, students that choose an apartment are responsible for making payments directly to the Spanish landlord

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • Visa or residence permit guidance will be given by our office as applicable
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university

This Google Doc was created to assist UMD students in the Spanish Student Visa application process. The UMD Study Abroad office attempts to keep this document as up to date as possible, however, you should always check the Spanish Consulate website for the most up to date information. Students will receive more detailed information and advice once they are confirmed in this program.

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Spain
Program Name: Study in Bilbao, Spain (select your track if applicable)

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NOTE: Although applications are received and processed at UMD, The University of Deusto will issue final acceptance.

After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

UMD Program Contact

Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812

(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200

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