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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Summer, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program OverviewUSAC Bilbao/Getxo

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.

Program Focus

Semester: Fall, Spring, Academic Year

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 or a full year 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 semester credits, which is 6-17 quarter 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.


PSU students can participate in the summer session II program, earning 3 to 4 semester credits (5 to 6 quarter credits). Take advantage of this study abroad opportunity, and learn how studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning  experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom—because you will be in a different place. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are; use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. This program offers Spanish Language Studies classes, along with the option of taking International Business, Economic, Fiction Writing, and Cultural Studies classes. You even have the chance to take surfing as a physical education credit. 

Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Rachel Landers at any time!
Get Started Attend or watch an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • European Studies
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Literature
  • Spanish
Credits Fall: Students enroll in a minimum 15 semester credits (23 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in a minimum of 16 semester credits (24 quarter credits).
Summer: Students enroll in 3 to 4 semester credits (5 to 6 quarter credits).
Capstone Option Reporting Live capstone option available for Fall or Spring semester students
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay, Apartment
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50
Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required.
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
Program Fee Includes:  Fall or Winter/Spring terms, or Academic Year
Summer Term
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.