• Spain
    • Bilbao
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Business Communications Cultural Studies Finance History International Business Political Science Sociology Women's Studies

Program Details

Program Type
Apartment Host Family
Nov 09, 2022
Dec 27, 2022
16 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

USAC welcomes students to come study abroad in Bilbao/Getxo, Spain at the University of the Basque Country! Located to the north of Spain, Bilbao is nothing short of a modern city labeled a cutting edge banking and service center, with attractions including world class museums, galleries, music halls, and not to mention its first rate public transportation. San Sebastian offers a unique view into the diversity of Spain and a truly multicultural experience with over a third of the city speaking both Spanish and Basque.

Coursework at the University of the Basque Country includes Engineering, International Business, Spanish/Culture studies and Spanish/Basque language. The Bilbao/Getxo program is geared towards those looking to pursue a bilingual and/or an international business career.

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Program Highlights

  • Live in a dynamic, cosmopolitan city on Spain’s northern coast, one hour from the border with France and with connections to major European cities
  • Enjoy many opportunities for inexpensive outdoor activities such as surfing, horseback riding, hiking, and cycling
  • Intern in management consulting firms, publishing companies, NGOs, the Guggenheim Museum, and more
  • Join our teaching assistantship program to gain work experience at local schools while earning money
  • Study International Business, which may be taken separately or in conjunction with language studies


USAC Scholarships

USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $1,000

Program Reviews

4.97 Rating
based on 34 reviews
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  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.65
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program


Amazing, Ibon was a great professor! Would recommend to everyone, I went for business and didn’t know any Spanish and it went well!! If your hesitant about going, take a leap of faith and trust that everything is going to be ok! I didn’t know anyone going and I met so many people that I am thankful to call lifelong friends. Going over seas changes your perspective for the better, I realized how much I truly enjoy traveling and that it is a passion of mine! If you have any questions reach out to my instagram @ jackson_andersson

5 people found this review helpful.
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An amazing experience!

Going abroad has been my dream since I started going to school. It impacted which college I chose; I went to UWEC which has a solid study abroad program. I found this experience to be enlightening and fun. I would also say that it wasn’t without it’s stresses. The Bilbao program was amazing and getting us to do things in the community including a cooking class and a kayaking journey. The teachers were great and very understanding (I got covid my first week there). I felt supported by the program leaders and they helped me through the tough experience of being sick while abroad. The best advice I can offer is to be prepared, make friends when you arrive (friends form fast, something I missed out on from being sick), plan your trips out before leaving, be courteous of the locals, and enjoy as much as you can while there. Also bring a great pair of walking shoes as that is the main mode of transport (although there is a train system and bus system that aren't too difficult to operate). Places to visit and things to try: Guggenheim, Kalimotxo (drink native to Basque country), anything involving baked goods

  • Super safe
  • Amazing food
  • Nice and helpful people
  • Being alone (especially when got Covid-19)
  • Adjusting to having less support (mental health wise)
11 people found this review helpful.
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Best summer of my life

I am so grateful I was able to study abroad this summer. The friends I made from all over the US and the world are some I will have for the rest of my life. Bilbao was such a beautiful city that truly offered an authentic Spanish experience. Unlike Madrid or Barcelona I was able to fully immerse myself in the Spanish language and culture without running into too many familiar American or English speaking people. The program administrators were always so helpful and patient and I can't think them enough for allowing me this incredible opportunity.

  • Close to the Coast
  • lots of opportunities for travel in and out of the country
  • not too touristy
  • I wish I had stayed longer
15 people found this review helpful.
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I would choose Bilbao again in a heartbeat

Beautiful countryside surrounding the modernized city of Bilbao, rich history and culture to experience both in the the city and rural areas. Caring and supportive staff and professors, not too difficult of workload, easy to navigate the city, safe, amazing food.

  • Beautiful area
  • Great food
  • Rich history
  • housing was low-quality
  • rains a lot during the winter months
15 people found this review helpful.
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A Life-Changing Experience

This program truly changed my life- I made life long friends, learned so much about myself, and grew a huge passion for travel! I learned more Spanish than I thought I would and was able to hold conversations. The professors and staff were so helpful and supportive. The side trip by USAC was also a blast, very well curated. I felt as though I really got a grasp of the culture from the classes I took and with conversations with the local staff. I would highly recommend USAC and especially Bilbao, Spain to anyone!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Pinchos (kinda like tapas) are very popular in Bilbao. I had one with octopus!
34 people found this review helpful.
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Bilbao/Getxo Spring 2019

This semester was easily the best semester of my life! USAC staff made the transition so unbelievably smooth. We had an entire week of orientation going over things that I didn't even think about! Culture shock, home sickness, living arrangements, flow of classes, etc. They even showed us around to some cool spots in both Bilbao and Getxo so we could get a feel for the cities. Anything we needed they were there for us! No questions asked or any hesitations they were there to ensure we had the best time we could. Thank you so much to Ibon, Mane, Arantxa, María, and all of the professors for being so incredible!! Also, the location was beyond beautiful and very convenient to travel to and from. Bilbao has an airport that we could get basically anywhere which made it super nice. The unique Basque culture was something very cool to get to know as well.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this all over again, I would plan my summer in advance before going to make sure I could stay the summer as well! I was so caught up in making sure I had work plans for when I returned that I didn't even give myself the opportunity to stay over the summer and teach English!
41 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing Immersive Experience in Bilbao!

Before studying abroad, I thought that I wanted to go to a city that spoke English, or somewhere that was touristy so that it would be easy for me to get by without learning the language. Once I arrived in Bilbao, I realized how grateful I was that I did not follow through with that first idea. I knew almost no Spanish before studying in Bilbao, but after my first few weeks of Spanish class there I could easily communicate with locals because of how helpful my professors were. This experience even inspired me to add a Spanish minor once I returned home. Bilbao is a beautiful city with very kind people, and even after traveling to other cities on the weekends I would always be excited to return home to Bilbao. The USAC staff at Universidad del Pais Vasco are extremely helpful and will assist you with anything you might need while you are abroad. I could not be more thankful to have chosen Bilbao as my city to Study Abroad in!

44 people found this review helpful.
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The Time of my Life

Everything about this program, from the initial application to the very last day in Spain, was absolutely phenomenal. The USAC staff, both in the US and on-site in Bilbao, are super nice and very helpful. The program sets you up with the basics and provides plenty of advice and guidance while still allowing you the freedom to venture on your own and study abroad the way you want to study abroad. You can have as much independence from the other students and staff as you want, or you can be fully immersed in the program offerings. With that being said, there is an excellent excursion included in the price that allows you to tour parts of the area and learn about the culture and history. In addition, there are many smaller activities (such as touring the local bullring) that occur on an almost weekly basis. Bilbao and the Basque Country is an absolutely amazing area of Spain and along with the assistance, support, and fun offerings from USAC, makes for the perfect study abroad experience.

47 people found this review helpful.

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