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|Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish||Language Requirement:||100-level, 200-level, None|
|Internship:||Possible||Housing:||Apartment, Dormitory, Host Family|
|Illinois Sponsor:||Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)||Credit or Not for Credit:||For credit|
|Foreign Institution:||Cursos Internacionales Deusto de Espanol (CIDE) at the Universidad de Deusto|
The deadline for Summer 2017 has been extended to March 15 and the deadline for Fall 2017 has been extended to April 15.
Home to the famous Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is a bustling city in the north of Spain with a strong Basque history and cultural identity. While in Bilbao, students explore the fascinating cultural dynamic of Basque Country while interacting with Spanish and international students. Students will discover all of the attractions of the most populous city in the Basque County. Its beautiful landscape, nature and excellent cuisine will make a lasting impression on your experience in Bilbao. This program provides students with the opportunity to take intensive Spanish language courses, Business and/or Engineering courses in English. All of the courses offered on this program are pre-approved by the Spanish & Portuguese Department, the Economics Department, and the College of Business, making this program an excellent fit for Spanish, Economics, and Business students. Available fall, spring, summer, and academic year terms.
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Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Program Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships *Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.
Health & Safety Information
Where You Will Study
Students in the Spanish Language and Culture track take courses at CIDE that focus on Spanish language skills and culture. In addition to Spanish language, semester courses at CIDE include courses in European studies, Basque and Spanish culture, Hispanic literature and linguistics. Students participating in the program during the semesters also have the option of directly enrolling in the Departments at the Universidad de Deusto and taking classes taught in Spanish or English with Spanish students in Business and Economics, Sociology, Education, European Studies, or Engineering. Students with an advanced level of Spanish can also participate in an internship in education, an internship in business, or a service learning course.
Students in the Business, International Relations, and Spanish track will take courses focused on international business and international relations with a Spanish perspective as well as courses focused on Spanish language skills. Courses taught in English include International Business, Economy in the European Union, Transatlantic Relations, International Marketing or International Financial Systems. Courses taught in Spanish include Business Spanish, Spanish or Basque culture or European studies. Students participating in the program during the semesters also have the option of directly enrolling in the Departments at the Universidad de Deusto and taking classes taught in Spanish or English with Spanish students in Business and Economics, Sociology, Education, European Studies, or Engineering. Students with an advanced level of Spanish can also participate in an internship in business or a service learning course.
Students in the Engineering, Business, and Spanish track will take any of the courses listed on the following page: NEW Engineering Program
In the summer, Spanish Language and Culture students can take courses taught in Spanish in Spanish language, Spanish Culture, European Union or Literature. Business, International Relations and Spanish summer students can take Spanish language courses, Spanish for Business and International Relations, and also select one of the two course options taught in English: International Business, and Spain’s Society and Economy in the EU. The Business track in the summer also includes the opportunity to visit companies (in previous programs, students have visited companies such as Mondragom Cooperative Society, Biskay Technology Park, Idom Engineering Services, or Marqués del Riscal Wineries).
For a full listing of pre-approved courses, please see the Bilbao Course List.
Excursions / Activities
Programs at the University of Deusto include a few days of orientation activities (airport-pick up, welcome reception, information session about the city, the university and the academic components, and a practical visit to Bilbao downtown and historical area).
Each term includes an itinerary of the following excursions and a farewell ceremony and reception:
- Madrid, and Toledo/Segovia
- Guided visit to Bilbao (downtown and old town)
- Guggenheim Museum
- Fishermen wharf and beaches (summer and fall)
- Daytrip to Gernika and Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve
- Daytrip to South of France (semesters) / Pamplona and San Sebastian (summer)
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Jon Franco, U.S. Liaison
He received his B.A. in English Studies from University of Deusto, his M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from University of Southern California.
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Students participating in the Bilbao semester program have three housing options: host family, residence hall, and room in a shared apartment. The host family is generally the best opportunity for improving Spanish language skills and gaining insight into Spanish family life; it is therefore the preferred option of the Illinois Abroad Office. The host family option includes three meals a day.
Students participating in the Bilbao summer programs have two housing options: host family or residence hall. The host family is generally the best opportunity for improving Spanish language skills and gaining insight into Spanish family life; it is therefore the preferred option of the Illinois Abroad Office. Please note that there are no Spanish students living in residence halls during summer, so you would be living with all international students.
For more information about accomodations in Bilbao, click here.
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To be eligible to participate in this program:
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- There is no SPAN language requirement for the Business and Spanish track
Recommended to have completed SPAN 141 (or the equivalent) prior to the start of the program in order to take 200-level+ Spanish courses
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.
Final Deadline: September 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Final Deadline: February 15
How to Apply
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1 .) The Study Abroad Office Application, which includes:
- Letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
- Personal essay questions
- Passport photocopy
- Host language essay (in Spanish)
- Official transcript (eSCRIP)
- Online questionnaires
Step 2.) The Host University application, due (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
- If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a second application to CIDE, Universidad de Deusto. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Resources & Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
IAGE Advising and Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Spain Program Advisor
Location and Mailing Address
Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange
910 South Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Please review the program dates table below:
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall Semester||2017||04/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||09/03/2017||12/20/2017|
|Summer||2017||04/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||06/21/2017||07/28/2017|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed