Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Bilbao, Spain
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
|About the Program||Accommodations|
|Eligibility||Dates and Costs|
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
LALIS majors and minors interested in the Deusto-Bilbao exchange program are required to meet with a faculty abroad advisor in the LALIS department prior to submitting application.
GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students are outlined on the LALIS web page. Read this page carefully for details.
Course offerings: business, education, history, law (for postgraduate students only), philosophy, political science, psychology, Spanish, sociology, theology, tourism. Deusto also offers some courses in English.
Unless exempt due to language fluency, all UR students are required to participate in a pre-semester intensive Spanish language course. Spanish courses for foreign students are also offered during the semester in tandem with regular undergraduate course offerings. There is no extra charge for this course. Richmond does not normally award transfer credit for any orientation or language course that precedes the semester.
Spanish language courses are offered at four levels: beginning, intermediate, advance and superior. Intensive language courses help students with grammar review and are also very helpful with acclimation to the new Spanish environment.
Although most semester courses are in Spanish, some are offered in English. Classes are integrated with local Spanish students as well as other international exchange students. For a listing of degrees, see the Deusto web page and then click on the degree or "grados" and then follow the link to "plan de estudios" and then "asignaturas" for the courses. The syllabi ("programa") are found by linking on the Adobe PDF symbol. Primero semester are courses offered in the fall and segundo semester are spring courses. On the far right, you will see listed the language of instruction for the course.
Richmond students have an opportunity to take one course in the CIDE program, which is a program of courses specifically designed for international students. Richmond students may also participate in the cultural and academic excursions organized by CIDE. REad the CIDE blog to learn more.
Courses are offered on a semester basis and last for a total of fifteen weeks. *Special note: students studying at Deusto for the fall semester only will need to seek approval from Deusto professors for early examinations before the Christmas holiday.
To determine the unit value of an individual ECTS course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of ECTS credits divided by 7 and rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit. EXAMPLE: a 6 ECTS credit class would be worth .9 Richmond units.
A minimum unit load at Richmond is 3.5 units and the maximum is 5.5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status you should register for 24 - 32 ECTS per semester. Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.
Visit the Registrar's web page for more details on converstion of credits from abroad to units.
|Important Notes for Spanish majors:
At least one 400-level Spanish course must be taken upon return to UR from a semester or year abroad. A maximum of 4 courses can be transferred for the Spanish major from a semester/year abroad program.
|Deusto Grades||US grade equivalent|
|5-5.9||D *does not transfer|
Deusto has an accommodation office that places students in housing. Options include shared privately owned student apartments, rooms with local families and the Deusto residence hall.
Click this link to see dates and cost information.
Passports are required with the visa application. Students are advised to apply early for the Spanish student visa. As visa regulations change frequently, it is recommended that students call the consulate for the latest information on fees, procedures and required documentation. Students may be required to submit the visa application in person at the consulate with jurisdiction over student's permanent residence. For more information, please see Spanish consulate web page.
Deusto Exchange Student's Testimonial explaining why Richmond students should study in Bilbao
For more information
Contact Michele Cox, Office of International Education. Direct telephone: 804-289-8838
Updated March 2016
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.