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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Business Administration, Engineering, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.75
Number of Credits: 12-19 Credit Hours Course Credit: Transfer Credit
UNL College: Engineering, Spanish Section Experience Type: study abroad
Program Type: Affiliated Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Iker Gonzalez-Allende
Academic Level: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Program Description:

Program Highlights

  • Take Spanish language and culture courses, plus business courses at any level. All courses (12-19 credits) are transferable toward a student's major or minor.
  • Students will have the option of doing an internship, or participating in various service learning opportunities.
  • Live with a Spanish family, or with native Spanish students in an on-campus dorm or shared apartment.
  • Study in vibrant Bilbao, the largest city in Basque Country, close to sandy beaches and surrounded by evergreen mountains.
  • Excursions include trips to Madrid, Toledo, coastal villages Gernika and Mundaka, and to southern France!


Course of Study

Students can enroll in courses with Spanish and international students at the Engineering School. 

Engineering School Courses Taught in English: Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management Skills for Engineers, Robotics and Vision, Intelligent Control System with Labview, Energy and Environment Technology, Production Management, Statistics, Electrotechnics, Software Design. 

Courses in Spanish Language, Culture, and International Business are organized by the Spanish International Center (CIDE). Daily class activities are complemented by guided excursions of Bilbao and other cities, and cultural activities. Upon your arrival at Deusto, a placement exam will determine an appropriate course level for you. Courses offered to students at CIDE include:

Business Courses Taught in English: International Financial Systems, International Marketing, Economy of the European Union, Transatlantic Relations, International Business, Organizational Behavior, and Sport Management. 

Courses Taught in Spanish: Spanish I, II, III and IV, Culture, Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spanish Society, Basque Cultural and Language, Business Spanish, Academic Spanish, Europe in the World, Spanish Through Gastronomy and Spanish Through Drama.

Course Credit

Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please see Earning Credit page on UNL Education Abroad site for more information.


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. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Iker Gonzalez-Allende
1220 Oldfather Hall

Dr. Iker González-Allende is an Associate Professor of Spanish at UNL. He has been the coordinator of this program for more than seven years. He specializes in the cultures of Spain and teaches courses on Spanish literatures and cultures. 


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. The city is located on the banks of the estuary of river Nervión, and is also surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Nearby rural valleys, mountain ranges, and natural parks provide hikers plenty of opportunities to enjoy. The city offers an excellent transportation network: 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. The new international airport is located only 6 miles away from the city center, and connects the city to major European cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Frankfurt, Lisbon, or Brussels. Bilbao is also close to the French border and Pyrenees ski resorts.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

Students may live with host families or on-campus. Students staying with families may walk to campus or use the city's convenient public transportation system. Dorms have dining rooms, and host families will provide three meals a day.


See the "Cost Sheet" above and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website.

Explanation of Costs

Please see the Budget Sheet and the University of Deusto program website for an explanation of program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process.

In addition to program costs, UNL students will pay a $150 Education Abroad Fee through MyRed.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:

University of Deusto*

Spanish Consulate*

U.S. Department of State*

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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