USAC: Bilbao / Getxo - Study Abroad at University of the Basque
- Hosted at: University of the Basque Country / Universidad del País Vasco - UPV/EHU
- Location(s): Bilbao, Spain
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad
The Bilbao/Getxo program is ideal for students who wish to develop an international business career and/or a bilingual career. You may stay for one semester, a full year, or choose from the summer session options and focus on studying Spanish Lang... read more
I gained independence and learned to be extremely self sufficent, I now truly feel like I can go anywhere, do anything, and concur any fear I have because of this experience. A student - Ohio Northern University View Entire Review
Gained a better sense of the world, cultures, and traditions throughout Europe Sean D - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned that I can be independent and overcome challenges. Also now I will look at the world globally instead of locally. Such as looking at and appreciating new cultures, food and people in the world. Language is important in the world and the experience opened my eyes to living differently that when I set goals I can achieve... Nick R - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
yes A student - San Diego State University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself while I was abroad. I learned how to be independent and how to live where English wasn't the first language. One of the things I learned was that life is about new experiences, and it's about opening yourself up to things you would never do at home. Studying abroad was exactly that. I got out of my... A student - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
Definitely worth while. I learned about other cultures, saw the world, learned a new language, made new friends, became a part of new family and had the most memorable time of my life. A student - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
Going to Bilbao with USAC was a terrible experience. Both my housing and internship were botched because of the program administration, and I did not get the cultural experience I signed up for. However, the Basque country has a fascinating culture and the landscape is beautiful, even if it is rainy and cold. It's definitely ... Calvin K - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
It was amazing and worthwhile. I believe everyone should study abroad. I learned how to emerge in a different culture. Phuong T - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
I gained a sense of independence and a better feel for how tings happen outside the United States. Absolutely worth while. Shane A - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, about people, and not just about the Spanish culture, but the European culture itself. I definitely became more independent, and more mature. My mind is a lot more open to a lot of different beliefs when it comes to love, friendship and politics, and I am a lot more trusting in humanity. I realized ... A student - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
It was amazing to experience a new culture firsthand. Naturally I wish I could stay forever. It's been SO fun! Barbara M - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
The first reason it was worthwhile was because I learned so much Spanish. The second, because I had never lived outside of Maine and it was amazing to see how other people live. And thirdly, I was becoming bored of UMaine and almost regretting my choice to come here but going away made me appreciate where I am from so much more.... A student - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
a deeper understanding of the importance of family, more respect for other cultures, patience, how to travel light (haha), how to cook basque food, learned more about myself, and so much more..... YES! everyone should study abroad. alyssa.hurtt - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
Tons of life experience, learned more about myself, as well as other cultures and interests. Christian V - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
I gained best friends, more confidence and independence, and a better command of the language. Rochelle S - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
I learned more about the Spanish language, obviously, but I learned even more about myself. Going abroad was such an eye-opening experience. I was worth every penny. Alissa Z - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
I not only improved my spanish language skills, but also learned so much about the culture and people in Spain and the Basque Country. It is an amazing place and I will always think of it as my second home. A student - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
I learned a language, how to be more sociable, don't take any moment for granted and enjoy every moment, I love to travel, how to make new foods, be more independent and so much more. Definitely worthwhile. Marcy H - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
First of all choosing to study abroad has been one of the best decisions of my life, I would recommend it to everyone. Also if you can stay a year that's even better a semester is too short. Time abroad goes way too fast, I was here both semesters and I still wish I had more time. Overall being here has changed my perspective of... Elizabeth C - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
yes A student - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
Nothing. I wish I had never gone there A student - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
Being more open-minded about everything and humanity is really good! I have met so many people who have made my trip the best study abroad experience ever and I'm extremely sad that five months flew by so fast. Sharon C - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
How to be mindful of other cultures, and how to work with people from other cultures Hector Q - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
I improved my Spanish skills a great deal and learned how to be independent. I also gained a big appreciation for travel and I learned how to do that! Tyler B - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and gained a lot of independence. I greatly improved my Spanish skills and developed a home in the Basque Country. It was definitely worthwhile. Katie R - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
The Bilbao/Getxo program is ideal for students who wish to develop an international business career and/or a bilingual career. You may stay for one semester, a full year, or choose from the summer session options and focus on studying Spanish Language and Cultural Studies or International Business. Our intensive language approach allows you to complete one to three courses (4-11 credits) of university foreign language in only one semester, depending on your primary focus for the semester. The program also offers the opportunity to do internships. However, the academic coursework is only part of the value of a semester or year abroad. Courses are complemented by the opportunity to experience the society and culture of the Basque Country through personal interaction with local students and field trips to sites of social, historic, artistic, and economic interest. A local university student will be available to become your conversation partner, which is an excellent way to make friends and become integrated into the community. Bilbao is a modern, cutting edge banking and service center with world class museums and art galleries, gleaming subways, futuristic music halls, and a modern airport. It was awarded the first “Nobel Prize for Cities”—the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize—for its excellent sustainability, vibrancy, and livability. Both Bilbao and Getxo offer a variety of cultural events, museums and sports such as surfing, rowing, soccer, hiking, bicycling and more. Because of its natural coastal beauty, USAC students live in neighboring Getxo. The area is known for its culinary traditions and Basque cuisine is internationally recognized. Basque people take food seriously and you can enjoy a three-course meal in a fancy restaurant or snack on the delicious “pintxos,” the Basque word for tapas.
USAC offices, classrooms and dining facilities are located at the modern 12,000-student San Sebastián campus of the Universidad del País Vasco (University of the Basque Country; Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea) in the Ibaeta neighborhood. The UPV is ranked highly among world universities in academics and research by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012. You will have wireless connection across campus. Advanced semester Spanish Students can directly enroll in Education Courses and Teaching Spanish Literature in Elementary and Secondary Schools. USAC students are also allowed and encouraged to participate in university activities, student clubs and organizations along with local students. Past participants have joined local students in activities such as mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, and sailing. A university student will also be available to become your conversation partner (intercambio).
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Spanish Language, Literature
- International Business
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USAC awards over $500,000 in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for additional sources of financial aid and external scholarships for study abroad students. Additional scholarship information and application instructions will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you apply to a USAC program.
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