Bilbao, Spain—Study Abroad


This program is offered through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at the University of the Basque Country. USAC offices, classrooms and dining facilities are located at the Leioa campus of the University of the Basque Country (UPV). The university is located three miles from Getxo and 5 miles from Bilbao, and is served by convenient bus services. About 17,000 students study on that campus of the UPV, which has a total enrollment of 50,000. While enrolled, USAC students will have access to WiFi and enjoy the privileges accorded UPV local students. You are encouraged to participate in local university activities, student clubs, and organizations along with local students. A university student will be available to become your conversation partner, an excellent way to make friends and become integrated into the local community.

Bilbao is the poster city for successful urban renovation and the spectacular Guggenheim Museum of Art has ushered in an era of international tourism to the area. Bilbao’s extraordinary rebirth has been widely recognized with important international prizes. Getxo is an affluent community popular for its beaches, lively nightlife and diverse cultural activities. It is well connected by bus to the University of the Basque Country campus in Bilbao (about 15 minutes away) and to downtown Bilbao by subway and bus (about 20 minutes away). Both Bilbao and Getxo are situated in an area of beautiful green mountains that face the ocean. Therefore you may hike in the morning and go swimming in the afternoon.

Course Information

International Business and Cultural Studies are taught in English and Spanish and Spanish Language courses are offered. See USAC for complete list of options.