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. It has campuses in both Bilbao and San Sebastián, with a combined population of 16,000 students.
Students who go to the San Sebastián campus take courses in the school of management with its specialties in marketing, finance, accounting, strategic management, and international management. The San Sebastián campus, which was founded in 1965, has a more modern appearance, combining traditional elements of wood and tile with glass and aluminum.
The chapel building, which has an unusual three-section tower, represents the main axis of the campus. The surrounding buildings and gardens make up the rest of the compact, attractive campus.
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.
Elena Lamarain Gordobil
Coordinator of International Relations Office
University of Deusto: San Sebastian
Camino de Mundaiz, 50
20012 Donostia San Sebastian, Spain
Universidad de Deusto (Housing and Activities Coordinator)
Mundaiz 50; 20012 San Sebastián, Spain
Academics & Support
The International Relations Offices at both campuses provide students with academic and personal support and offer orientation programs. If needed, students can arrange to work with tutors. Many students participate in a language exchange with Spanish students in order to improve their language skills and meet Spanish students.
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 OIP Program Description course catalog
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in mid-June.
Fall semester: All students stay at LaSalle residence hall during the mandatory Intensive Spanish course. Then, based on the preference indicated on the Deusto housing form (included in the online application), students will either move in with a local family or into a shared apartment with international students.
Spring semester: Students do not have the option of staying at LaSalle. Students may either move directly into the accommodation provided by Flat Renting (see below), or in the case that they would like to choose their own apartment, housing coordinator Santiago Serrats can provide them a list of reliable hostels and hotels to stay in while they search.
For either semester, students may use the services of Flat Renting, a local agency affiliated with the university, to find an apartment based on their preferences. Students who use this service are required to pay a housing deposit along with their academic application in order to hold housing for their semester abroad. Students will receive an email at least one month before they arrive in San Sebastian to give them the exact information of their housing arrangement (i.e. a brief description as well as their address and phone number).
Students will be responsible for paying their host family or landlord in San Sebastian. 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 the meals.
The program offers business internships and service projects that complement curricular programs. In addition, both campuses have student organizations and offer extracurricular activities in which BC students can participate. Students participate in travel to Southern Spain together with the BC Madrid program.
Students at both campuses enjoy easy access to stunning geographical areas; the coast around San Sebastián is considered the premier surfing region of Europe, while the nearby mountains offer unlimited hiking, mountain climbing, and camping opportunities. Some activities are detailed below.
- Welcome party and dinner
- One day trip to the Basilica of Loyola with trip along the sea-shore and lunch in a typical Basque restaurant
- Segovia, one-day trip with program coordinator
- Toledo, one-day trip with program coordinator
The following activities are available through Deusto’s international club for a nominal fee:
- Two-day ski trip (once in fall, twice in spring)
- Camino de Santiago
- Cultural events for students interested in literature, photography, and music
- Farewell dinner
There are many volunteer opportunities. Please consult the International Relations Office
for more information.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students will be met at the San Sebastián airport and picked up, provided they supply the necessary travel information one month prior to arrival to the housing coordinator, Santiago Serrats.
No transportation pass provided in the program. Students can walk to campus or buy a second-hand bicycle through an on-campus service.