The Universidad de Deusto is one of the most distinguished academic institutions in Spain. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1886, Deusto strives to be the meeting place for dialogue between culture and Christian faith. The university prides itself on its close ties with the Basque Country—a natural extension of St. Ignatius’s own links to the region—and aims to protect and promote the Basque culture. The university, with a combined population of 16,000 students, has campuses in both Bilbao and San Sebastián.
Students who go to the Bilbao campus can study in the school of arts, economics, business, philosophy, education, social sciences, theology, social work, or law. The campus, which serves as the main campus of the Universidad de Deusto, is located on the right bank of the Nervion River across the street from the Guggenheim Museum. Its main building, founded about 100 years ago, features cloisters, a striking ceremonial hall, and Gothic and Romanesque chapels. The campus also features an arboretum and offers a beautiful view of the city.
A mandatory month-long Early Start program offered in the fall and spring provides intensive study in Spanish language and culture. Following the Early Start program, students enroll at the Universidad Deusto and take all courses fully-integrated with Spanish peers.
Incoming Area Coordinator
Av. de las Universidades, 24
48007 Bilbao, Spain
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
For course selection information, please refer to the course catalog
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in mid-June.
Based on the preference students indicated in the Deusto housing form, they will either live with a local family, in a shared apartment with international students, or in a dorm.
Students will receive an email at least one month before they arrive in Bilbao to provide the exact information of their housing arrangement.
Students will be responsible for paying their host family or landlord in Bilbao. If students choose to live in an apartment, they will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their food. If students choose to live with a host family, their family will provide one, two, or three meals per day. If the student chooses to live in a residence hall, three meals a day will be provided. Please direct any housing inquiries to the Universidad Deusto
Both campuses have student organizations and offer extracurricular activities in which BC students can participate.
Deusto participants can take part in many local activities and excursions. Contact the International Relations Office at Deusto
for more information.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. No transportation pass is provided in the program.