Spanish Language & Liberal Arts in English and Spanish

Universidad de Deusto
Bilbao, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    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

    Fall 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Aug 29, 2019 - Dec 18, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 10, 2019

  • Credit

    180 - 240 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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

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.

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


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

  • You must select at least 180 contact hours per semester with international students. In addition, you have the option to enroll in a maximum of two courses with local students once on site, dependent on your course schedule. Course enrollment is confirmed on site.
  • You 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.
  • 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, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, etc.

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 225€, paid pre-program.

Other Considerations

  • Students interested in the community service course may need 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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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Vanessa Restifo

Program Manager, Spain


Genoveva Garcia Gallardo

Resident Director, Spain

Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants 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.


Homestays are best 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 (except on ISA excursion days when you will receive a picnic lunch for the first day) and laundry service, including a change of sheets and towel, 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.

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.




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.

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.


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.


Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, El Tránsito, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

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!