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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English and local language, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: YES Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: YES
Click here for a definition of this term Research Option: NO Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 20
Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Art History, Business, Communications, Computing Science, Culture and Environment, Economics, Education, English, Finance, History, International Relations, Government & Society, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Sport & Event Management, Women's/Gender Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Catherine Hinken
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingEligibilityApplicationsVisaOrientationsInformation / Links
This is a new program starting Fall 2020. Students with questions should contact the program manager at 336-278-6700 for more information.


About the Location

From its quiet beginnings as a seaside fishing and trading port in the 14th century to its rise as a leader in Spain's industrial revolution, Bilbao has long demonstrated its ability to renew itself. Today, Bilbao is at the heart of Basque education, business, culture, and fine art. The new symbol of Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by architect Frank Gehry. Students can visit the Casco Viejo (the old quarter), filled with shops and restaurants, and also explore the newer side of Bilbao, with its modern architecture. Bilbao is also home to the Cathedral of Santiago, the Basilíca de Begoña, the Museo Vasco, and the Museo de Bellas Artes.

Established in 1886, the Universidad de Deusto is located in the heart of the city. Students study Spanish at the university’s department for visiting students, the Centro Internacional de Español (CIDE). Located across from the Guggenheim Museum, Deusto has an enrollment of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students offering numerous specialized diplomas, masters and Ph.D. programs. Universidad de Deusto also offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities for students, including athletic and social clubs. 


Who is this program right for?

The Spanish department has approved this program for Spanish majors. 

This program is a great fit for students from all levels of Spanish Language. While the program is named Business, International Relations, and Spanish Language program, the program is open to students from a wide range of disciples. Students will take 5 courses through the Universidad de Deusto, and courses may be taught in either Spanish or English. There is also the opportunity to take courses alongside local Spaniards. Due to the changing nature of course listings at Deusto, students should plan to be flexible in the courses they plan to take - questions about specific classes and availability should be directed to the program manager.

API also offers various excursions and co-curricular opportunities throughout the semester that students can choose to participate in. Some previous excursions have included Gernika, Madrid, local winery tour, Southern France, and Toledo. For students interested in engaging with local students, Deusto has the Tandem Program, which facilitates intercultural exchange by matching full-time Spanish students with recently arrived study abroad students. 

Academic Notes

  • Students should plan to be flexible with the courses they plan to take at Deusto; course listings are subject to change from semester to semester, and also may be subject to additional pre-requisites. Planning for alternative course options will help to eliminate any issues with course planning should the course listings change. 
  • Students intending to take upper-level business electives while on this program should have a solid foundation in their Fundamentals/Principle courses. Many of the business courses on this program are upper-level electives, which require a pre-requisite of the Fundamentals/Principles course. 
  • Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish (up to three semesters) take classes in English. Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish (four and five semesters) take a combination of classes in English and Spanish. Advanced students (those with six or more semesters of Spanish) take all of their coursework in Spanish. Spanish majors should intend to take their classes in Spanish. 
  • University professors normally combine lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes, and expect independent work from students. At the university, it is common to get a syllabus with an outline of themes, a list of recommended readings, and grading criteria, but no detailed calendar. In most cases, at least half the final grade is based on a final exam.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • View the course listings for the program.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.

General Program Dates

Fall Semester: late August - mid-December
Spring Semester: early Jan - mid-May


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Fall Budget Sheet
Spring Budget Sheet 

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

API offers scholarships to students studying abroad on API  programs. Information is available on the API Webiste



The housing option for this program is with Spanish host families. Students who live with families generally have their own room, but may share a double room with a fellow API student, and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

In some instances, there is a possibility for apartment housing accommodations. ***The apartment option can only be offered if requested by a minimum of 3 students of the same gender. When there is insufficient interest in this housing option, students are placed with host families.***
Student apartments require more independence and provide less cultural interaction with Spaniards, although other apartments in the building are often rented or owned by Spanish families. Each apartment can generally accommodate 3-4 people. The majority of the rooms in student apartments are double rooms. However, based on availability, some students may be assigned to a single room on a first-come, first served basis. Students are responsible for buying and preparing all of their own meals, and kitchens are furnished with the necessary cookware to do so. Sheets and blankets are also provided.

Additional Eligibility Notes

No previous Spanish is required. Students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA.


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by API.


A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the government to remain in the country for an extended period of time.  Students may be required to appear in person at the Spanish consulate with jurisdiction over their home state in order to apply for a visa.  In many cases this will require transportation to and a hotel stay in the appropriate city.  Students should take these expenses and time commitments into account when applying for this program.  Students should also be aware that the visa process will require surrendering their passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which time students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.  There is also a fee associated with applying for the visa.
To find the consulate with jurisdiction over your home state, please click here.
Students will receive more information about the visa process during orientation.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center on Facebook to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can read the profiles of our current Global Ambassadors and reach out to them via email. They're more than happy to talk with you about a wide variety of topics including academics, mental health abroad, identity while abroad, finances, etc.

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Spanish Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Madrid
U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 11/15/2018
12/04/2018 08/30/2019 12/18/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 11/15/2018
12/04/2018 08/30/2019 05/14/2020
Spring 2020 05/02/2019
05/21/2019 01/04/2020 05/14/2020

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This program is currently not accepting applications.