Spain: University of Deusto (exchange)
The University of Deusto first opened its doors in 1886. Its birth was the result of the combined concerns and cultural interests of the Basque Country, which wished to have a university of its own, and of the Jesuit Fathers, who wanted to move their school of higher studies from La Guardia (Pontevedra) to a more central location. The University of Deusto is a Spanish university, with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián. GVSU students will study on the Bilbao campus through the exchange program. This program is available to students with a high proficiency in Spanish (a minimum of 5 semesters of college-level Spanish) interested in taking courses with local Spanish students. The semester exchange is only available for fall and/or winter semester. Students who choose to participate in the exchange will have a full immersion into a Spanish university which requires students to accept a high level of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.
Welcome Guide (Spanish Version)
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Academic Year 2019
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - June 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Program Dates: February 3, 2020 - June 9, 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Closed)
Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)
Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - June 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - January 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: February 2021 - June 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020
Fall semester participants who need to depart in December to return to GVSU for Winter semester classes must secure approval from their professors at UD once they arrive. In the past, this has not been a problem for most students; however, approval is at the discretion of each professor.
Spring 2020 semester participants will be finished with exams on June 9, 2020. However, there is an opportunity to re-sit exams during June 18-June 27, 2020.
Students will be required to register for 30 ECTS credits which equate to about 15 US credits. Students will be required to take 4 of 5 courses from the same academic department which should align with a student's major or minor. Exchange students will not be allowed to take courses from many different departments. Students are required to be at a minimum of B1 level in Spanish to participate in the exchange. There are some regular UD courses available in English, but the selection is limited.
UD does offer an intensive Spanish language course for exchange students prior to the start of each semester. This course is free of charge, but students will be required to purchase the learning materials (approx. 40 Euro). This course is not required but is recommended for students completing all of their courses in Spanish.
Course Options Use this button to search all available course options and descriptions.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
Students will have access to homestays, residence halls, or shared apartments. Information is available on the UD website. The Accommodations Office at UD assists students in securing housing.
Housing costs will range based on the type of housing selected. Students can expect to pay between 500-1150 Euro per month for accommodation.
Estimated Housing Costs:
Residence Halls with full board is 32.72 Euro per day. Based on the 16-18 week semester students can expect to pay between $4100 - $4,600.
Homestay with 3 meals per day is 750 Euro per month or about 3330 - 3745 Euro per semester.
Homestay with 2 breakfast and dinner is 600 Euro per month or about 2700 - 3000 Euro per semester
Apartment with no meals is about 350 Euro per month or about 1600-2000 Euro per semester.
Cost and Scholarships
SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program. Awards are based on program costs and financial need. Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3103
PARTNERSHIP GRANT: $500
Eligibility criteria applies:
- 1 Grant Available per year
- Students may be eligible for more than $500, but $500 is the minimum and will be awarded to one student each year provided the eligibility criteria is met. Eligibility Criteria
Students must be degree-seeking, have attended at least one semester at GVSU, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Students must also have completed 5 semesters of college-level Spanish to participate.
Host University Website
Campus Info / Campus Life
The University of Deusto has about 8,000 students with a small campus located in the heart of the city. Students are a short walking distance to local restaurants, museums, parks, and shopping. There are a variety of student activities on-campus, including recreation facilities. Past participants have reported that it is very easy to meet other international students.
Students should prepare for the visa application process well in advance. We recommend students review the visa requirements a minimum of 3-4 months prior to departure. Students will be required to make an appointment to submit visa application materials to the Spanish Consulate in Chicago or the Consulate that has jurisdiction over their permanent residence. The student visa guide provides information regarding the application process and required documents. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
US State Department Information
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report (Spain)
Sample Welcome Letter This is an example of a welcome letter that a student would receive upon acceptance to the program
Resources for Emergency Situations
Reporting an Incident
"...the people were so kind and understanding of my limited Spanish language, especially my wonderful host family and the staff at UD. I loved my Spanish professors since they helped me learn so much about the language and culture, as well as the actual class subject. If someone were to do this program, I highly recommend the Basque language and culture class since it helped me understand the place I was living so much better. The only thing I regret from the whole four months was that I didn't try harder to break out of my comfort zone and practice my Spanish more, so my advice would be to speak Spanish with everyone, even if they try to switch the conversation to English (which most will do since most of the people in Bilbao are trilingual!). The thing that sticks out to me the most about Bilbao probably is the beauty of the city itself, however. Everything is so clean and the architecture and art throughout the city is breathtaking! " -Sarah Goupil
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