- Classes are taught at the University of Deusto; one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Spain. The program offers ample opportunities to interact with Spanish students!
- Bilbao is one of the most vibrant cities in Spain; close to beaches and surrounded by mountains. Summers there are warm, but not extremely hot!
- Homestay experiences are available with local families to gain immersion into the Spanish culture and language. Participants can also live in the campus dorm with Spanish students, too!
- The program includes trips to Madrid, Segovia or Toledo, Basque coastal villages, Gernika and Mundaka, and the running of the bulls in Pamplona. There is also a tour of the famous Guggenheim Museum!
Course of Study
CIDE at the University of Deusto coordinates faculty and lecturers who teach in their summer program. CIDE also arranges several guided excursions that complement students' learning of the Spanish language and culture of the host country. During the summer program, students will explore several cultural and historical aspects of Spain by visiting Madrid and its landmarks and museums, and Segovia, a city where vestiges of the Roman era can be seen. Once in the host region, students will visit historically renowned cities such as Guernika, Pamplona, or San Sebastian. The program also includes a tour of the coastal Basque villages.
Courses Taught in Spanish: Spanish I, II, III, IV (Spanish Language in Context). Additional courses include Introduction to Hispanic Literature, Advanced Spanish Grammar, Advanced Spanish Conversation, 20th Century Spanish Literature, Spain in Europe and Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain.
Students are encouraged to review the University of Deusto website for the Language and Culture Program for additional details. All students will meet with a representative in the Spanish Section to review the courses they plan to take while abroad.
As a result of participation on this program, students will:
- After a placement test once in Bilbao, students will improve their communication level in Spanish through intensive language courses at the University of Deusto;
- Improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities through their Spanish courses, interaction with their host family or local students in the campus dorms and everyday life in Bilbao;
- Build knowledge about the Spanish and Basque cultural practices through field trips, excursions and interactions with local students; and
- Increase their global awareness by acquiring new abilities such as navigating different cultural systems and situations.
Students will earn six credit hours of transfer credit from the University of Deusto.
Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.
This program is open to undergraduate UNL students in good academic standing. Students with less than a 2.75 GPA are required to submit an academic reference prior to acceptance. Students must have completed Spanish 101 by the program departure date.
While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students. Non-UNL participants must first be admitted to UNL as a visiting student.
CIDE at the University of Deusto has a separate application for the program that must be completed no later than March 1, 2018.
Graduate Teaching Assistant of Spanish
Montserrat (Montse) Fuente-Camacho is currently a second -year PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UNL. She was born and lived for 28 years in the host region in Spain, thus being a native speaker of Spanish. Also, she pursued a BA degree on Modern Languages with a specialization in Hispanic Studies from the University of Deusto and is familiar with the institution and faculty. She enjoys teaching Spanish at all levels, and her main goal is to make students' language learning enjoyable, significant, and most beneficial. She has traveled both in Spain and abroad (among other countries, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, France, Germany and Italy), gaining experience in handling different situations while in a foreign country. Montse was the leader of the Summer 2017 summer program in Bilbao.
Dr. Iker Gonzalez-Allende (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as the faculty leader and program director here on campus.
The University of Deusto is one of the most distinguished and prestigious academic institutions in Spain. The Bilbao campus is located in the heart of the city across the street from the Guggenheim Museum.
Bilbao, a city founded in the early 14th century and the largest city of the Basque country, offers the visitor endless cultural and leisure opportunities due to its history and location in the north of Spain. Today, Bilbao is a service city where visitors and students alike can experience a blend of traditional and modern culture, architecture, art, and cuisine, as well as the coexistence of many ethnic heritages. The city is located on the banks of the estuary of river Nervión, and is also surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Nearby rural valleys - where medieval towns can be visited - , mountain ranges, and natural parks provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities. Moreover, its proximity to the ocean allows for a mild summer and to enjoy the beaches that are a short distance away.
The city offers an excellent transportation network both within and outside the city: the safe award-winning subway network, designed by Norman Foster, an efficient city bus service, a new environment-friendly tramway service, an international airport, highways, intercity buses, and train services are all part of a network that makes moving within and outside of Bilbao an easy task.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will purchase their own international airfare, but will receive guidance from the Education Abroad Office. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided in March 2018.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay with a local host family (in downtown Bilbao or suburbs) or in the residence hall at the University. Please note that there are a limited number of host families available and placement with a host family cannot be guaranteed.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Three meals a day will be provided by the local host family or the residence hall at the University.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Transportation will be provided to all organized excursions by the host University. Students will also have access to public transportation within the city.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to token operated washers and dryers on campus and local host families will also have access to washers.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the University and within the common study areas of the residence halls. Most host families will have internet connections as well. All students must be able to communicate with the program leader at all times. Students may choose to purchase a local phone abroad or purchase a global plan on their domestic phone.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 16, 2018.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students will not be required to walk or hike long distances while abroad and most streets in the city and nearby towns are flat and smooth. The surrounding areas have many hills. The summer months in Bilbao will be mild to warm; summers in Bilbao (northern Spain) are not as warm as found in the south of Spain. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of September 13, 2017) include the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.
See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $500 commitment deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on February 8, 2018.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
U.S. Department of State: Travel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain
Spanish Consulate in the U.S. (Chicago)
CIDE (International Spanish Center) at the University of Deusto
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.