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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Study Abroad in Bilbao, Spain

 2016 USC Summer Study Abroad Program in 

Bilbao, Spain 
May 20 – June 19, 2016

Leah Miller, 2016 Spain Global Classroom Program Director Program Humanities Office Bldg. 719

 Program fee: $3900 | Make your payment here

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Bilbao is a vibrant city in the autonomous Basque region which boasts excellent shopping, tourism, public transportation and cultural institutions such as its world-known Guggenheim Museum among others.  The beaches are accessible by metro and one can easily spend an afternoon at the beach and be back in the city in time to join the vibrant night life, shopping and gastronomic delights of Bilbao’s many restaurants and cafes. Students from our prior programs at Bilbao stayed with families who lived mainly within walking distance of Deusto.  Of particular interest is the “Casco Viejo” or the historic district of Bilbao which students will surely get to know.  Bilbao is a very clean and organized city, ideal for students and tourists. Located along the banks of a brackish river, Bilbao was once an important center for Spain’s ship building industry and has recently been renovated into a stunning destination for tourists and students from around the world.  Former students that we have taken from USC have been inspired to return to Spain on their own. Some have written their senior theses based on their studies and experiences in Spain with this program.

Students will meet in Madrid where we will be received by representatives of our host university and transported to our hotel.  We will check into a hotel in Madrid, tour the city and then venture out to other important cultural and historical sites such as the cities of Toledo and Segovia among others. After a few days of travel and orientation around Madrid, we will head toward the northern coast near France, to Bilbao where students will meet their host families and prepare to begin classes for the semester at Universidad de Deusto.


During our stay in Bilbao students will take classes and participate in organized excursions students in our group.  These outings usually include trips to San Sebastian, the fishing villages of the coast such as Getxo and Mundaka (famous for its world-class surfing), as well as other interesting sites such as Guernika famous from its tragic historic past and for inspiring a famous work by Picasso – which by this time, we will have already seen in the art museums of Madrid.

Learn more about the Basque Region of Spain:


At the University of Deusto students will earn three credits for SPAN 350 (Spanish Language) and three transfer credits (Spanish Culture). Both courses may be applied to the Spanish major or minor, or used for general education credit.
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Student Accommodations
Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Bilbao by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the language, students will view aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors.

Not included in the program fee:
USC tuition and technology fees for SPAN 350 [3 credits to be paid on before departure
Required overseas emergency medical insurance through CISI
Airfare arriving to Madrid and departing from Bilbao
Passport fees|
Optional entertainment and excursions; excess baggage charges; all personal items, such as telephone calls, individual room service, etc.
Some meals
Books and school supplies
Local transportation in Bilbao


USC students in Toledo, Spain