BILBAO: University of Deusto

Bilbao, Spain

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  • Fall Semester - Beginning of September to Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January to Mid may

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Mike Miller (

Bilbao is the center of a metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants, a city traditionally open to Europe. It is also an important harbour and a commercial and financial centre of the Basque Country and the north of Spain. In September of 1997, the city underwent a significant transformation under the emblematic symbol of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The central headquarters of the University of Deusto is located on the opposite side of the estuary, facing the Guggenheim Museum.

Students at the University of Deusto are able to study and live in this beautiful and historic city.


Students will primarily take classes from the International Spanish Center (CIDE) at Deusto. However, students also have access to courses from numerous departments at the University of Deusto. Courses can be found across disciplines including business, economics, and the humanities.  The specific courses available vary by semester. For Fall and Spring programs, students must enroll in four courses and will receive 16 NU credits.

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Host University

Established in 1886, the University of Deusto is located in the heart of the city.  Located across from the Guggenheim Museum, the University of Deusto has an enrollment of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students offering numerous specialized diplomas, masters and Ph.D. programs. The University of Deusto also offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities for students, including athletic and social clubs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Two full semesters of academic work through NU
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level Spanish speakers
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

Application Procedure

    • Complete the online OISP Application
    • Complete the online Deusto Electronic Application Form, located in the Cost and Application section of the program you wish to apply for:

    -Spanish Language and Culture Programs:

    -Business, International Relations and Spanish Programs:

    Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official Transcript
    • Application Fee Payment *Contact Deusto directly about this if you are not a US Citizen
    • Recommendation Letter from a faculty member is required if your G.P.A. is lower than 2.75. The letter needs to be e-mailed directly by the instructor.
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


  • Students can live in host families, shared apartments, or on campus dorms


From its quiet beginnings as a seaside fishing and trading port in the 14th century, to its rise as a leader in Spain’s industrial revolution, Bilbao has long demonstrated its ability to renew itself. Today, Bilbao is at the heart of Basque education, business, culture and fine art. Whether students are studying Spanish or creating art, they are immersed in the energy of this artistically rich city. The new symbol of Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by architect Frank Gehry. Students can visit the Casco Viejo (the old quarter), filled with shops and restaurants, and also explore the newer side of Bilbao, with its modern architecture. Bilbao is also home to the Cathedral of Santiago, the Basilíca de Begoña, the Museu Vasco and the Museo de Bellas Artes