Computer Science, Engineering, Business & Spanish Language

Universidad de Deusto
Bilbao, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Computer Science, Engineering, Business & Spanish Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto

    The Universidad de Deusto (Desuto) 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 Basque studies, business, computer science, engineering, global studies, psychology, 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

    Spring 2 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jan 04, 2019 - May 16, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 10, 2018

  • Credit

    180 - 240 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Make progress towards your STEM or business degree while also exploring Spanish and Basque cultures in this unique and interdisciplinary program. Business courses are available in English with international students while STEM courses in English are available with local students in the fields of computer science, industrial design engineering, and mechanical engineering.

If you study Spanish you also have the option enroll in language and culture classes ranging from beginning to advanced language levels. Students with an advanced level can also take a service-learning course or complete an internship in business, engineering, or education. Classes such as Spanish through Gastronomy, Sports Management: European Football, and Basque Culture & Language take advantage of Bilbao's unique geography and culture to generate tangible interaction with course material.

A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information about the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.



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

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities

Subscription to The New York Times


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

180 - 240

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students must select at least 180 contact hours per semester with international students. In addition, students have the option to enroll in one course 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 Site Specialist.

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 €150, paid on-site.
  • All internship courses require an additional fee of €250, paid on-site.

Other Considerations

  • Students interested in the Service Learning course must apply for an FBI background check. It can take about 14 weeks for an FBI background check to be processed, so we recommend that you use an official Channeler at an extra cost as to cut down on wait times and help move the process along much quick. You can see the list of approved Channeler's on the FBI website. The background check will need to be brought to Spain.
  • Additional courses with locals may also be available. Please contact ISA for eligibility requirements and information on courses in the following departments: Art History, Business, Cultural Studies, Development, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, etc.


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Computer Science and ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
  • Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Erin Haas

Program Advisor, Spain

Gloria Trueba

Program Manager, Spain

Jenna Tantillo

Site Specialist, Spain


Genoveva Garcia Gallardo

Resident Director, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Funding Your Program page. 

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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.


If you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad, living with a host family is your ideal housing option. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and ensure a comfortable living situation. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily, and laundry service once a week. All of the ISA host families are located in some of the most vibrant and affluent neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including Belgrano, Palermo, and Recoleta. Living with a host family will offer you glimpses of everyday life in the capital city with easy access to the Universidad de Belgrano. It is important to note that due to the dynamic and culture of Buenos Aires, most homestays consist of a single, older woman or an older couple. Although a few nuclear families are available, ISA cannot guarantee any specific type of homestay for students.

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.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Spain (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips, two day trips, and one optional five day trip to the following destinations.


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.


Guernica 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 Guernica 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.

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.


Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture while also being introduced to key information about health and safety through the Bridging Cultures Program. With visits to the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and more, you will be able to expand your knowledge about Spanish history, culture and politics.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.

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.


As the second stop of the Bridging Cultures Program and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, your visit to Toledo will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, El Tránsito, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.