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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information
  Student Testimonial

About the Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao


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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.

**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 is 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 Major or minor students 

Declared and possible 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, course prerequisites and course transfer information for LALIS students is outlined on the LALIS web page. Read this page carefully for details.

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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 m
ost 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 view from main Bilbao campus, photo taken by Joelle Achtmannthe 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.

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 - 32 ECTS per semester.  Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.

Visit the web page for more details on credit and course transfer from abroad.


ECTS Credits

Richmond Units

3 0.5
4 0.6
5 0.8
6 0.9
7 1.0
8 1.2
10 1.5
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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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. 


Dates and Costs - TBA for 19-20


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.

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Student Testimonial:
Deusto Exchange Student's Testimonial explaining why Richmond students should study in Bilbao

"During the past couple of decades, the city of Bilbao has transformed into one of the most beautiful places to live in Europe. The city is small in size without the feeling of being overcrowded and at the same time is large enough to provide everything one could ask for. The older area of the city built in the XIV century provides an aesthetic contrast to the modern architectures recently built in Bilbao. Life in the city is extremely pleasant and there is never a spare moment without some aspect of the city to enjoy. Weatherwise, the seasonal climates in Bilbao are not as extreme as those found in Richmond, as winters in Bilbao are not as cold and summers are not as hot.
The founding of Deusto University during the late XIX century was accompanied by a mass movement of iron mine workers. The mines in area were extremely profitable, and one of the wealthier families connected to the mines requested a college institution be built. The construction of this new university brought wondrous change to the entire country of Spain. This institution was founded under a state-of-the-art philosophy centered around higher learning, and is now home to the faculty of Business Administration, "La Comercial," one of the best business programs in Spain. The university's law and psychology programs are also well-known. Located in downtown Bilbao, Duesto University is also known for its outstanding students, committed professors, and its convenient and accessible location."

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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Updated March 2018

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.