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  • Locations: San Sebastian, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About the Universidad de Deusto
  • World renowned as one of the best universities in SpainView of coast, San Sebastian
  • Founded in the city of Bilbao by the Jesuits in 1886
  • San Sebastián campus established in 1963 and has approximately 3,000 students
  • Deusto's total enrollment is about 17,000 students, with Bilbao being the larger campus.
  • Is located on the edge of the city that has approximately 190,000 inhabitants
  • Located only 20 minutes from the French border city of Hendaye, San Sebastián is a major political, financial and service center in the Basque region
  • A popular tourist destination for Spaniards and Europeans alike, San Sebastián has three beaches and is well known for its cultural and sporting activities. Popular sports include mountaineering, golf, tennis, sailing, swimming, horseback riding, and fishing. See this video to learn more about San Sebastian and
  • Information for overseas students 
  • About the San Sebastián campus
  • For more information about País Vasco, consult the following web site that offers virtual tours of various cities in País Vasco like Bilbao and San Sebastián.
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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.

There is a limit on the number of UR students studying at any one location, so applicants must indicate a 2nd choice program (including a well-considered list of classes) and must be prepared to go there. Competition is considerably higher in the Fall semester than in the Spring.

Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.

Non-LALIS majors and minors

  • Completion of at least two 300-level Spanish language courses or the equivalent
  • Recommendation from LALIS faculty member required *unless student Busy street in San Sebastian, by Elizabeth Schendelis a native Spanish speaker
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Junior or Senior year standing *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis

LALIS majors and minors

GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students are outlined on the LALIS web page.  Read this page carefully for details.

LALIS majors and minors are required to meet with a faculty abroad advisor in the LALIS department prior to submitting application.

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Course offerings: business, communication, education, social work and tourism

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.

Children in San SebastianUnless exempt due to language fluency, all UR students are required to participate in a pre-semester intensive Spanish language course. There is no extra charge for this course. This course is offered at four levels: beginning, intermediate, advance and superior. Richmond does not award transfer credit for any orientation or language course that precedes the semester. Intensive language courses help students with grammar review and are also very helpful with acclimation to the new Spanish environment.

Although there are no music courses for credit, there are some private music lessons available for guitar and Txalaparta (a traditional percussion instrument). Lessons are offered once per week. Guitar lessons are free.

Course structure

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 - 36 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.


ECTS Credits

Richmond Units

3 .5
4 .6
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5


Important Note 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
10  A+
9-10  A
7-8.9 B
6-6.9 C
5-5.9 D *does not transfer
0-4.9  "SU" F

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Since there is no residence hall on the San Sebastián campus, students Ocean in San Sebastianhave the option of renting a room from a family or sharing an apartment with other students. The University of Deusto works with a private housing company, Servicio de Acogida y Alojamiento Para Estudiantes (SAYA) that takes care of locating and negotiating student housing in San Sebastián.

It takes approximately 25 minutes by bus to get to the campus from both of the residence halls.  From the bus stop, the campus is about a five minute walk.

Dates and Costs

Click Deusto-San Sebastian to see dates and cost information for Deusto - San Sebastian.

Visa 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.

For more information

For more information: contact Fae Bell, International Business Programs Coordinator in the Robins School of Business or Michele Cox, Director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Education.

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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.