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This program is designed for business, marketing, and sociology majors and minors, as well as students with an interest in international relations, who want to complete courses in their major while studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain. Students choose five courses in such disciplines as Spanish language, business, international relations, or economics.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Bilbao programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
This program is designed for business, marketing, and sociology majors and minors, as well as students with an interest in international relations, who want to complete courses in their major while studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain. Students choose five courses in such disciplines as Spanish language, business, international relations, or economics. Each student’s Spanish level is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Deusto. Students can take up to 15 credits per semester and can add additional courses, internships, or practicum for an extra fee.
Please note that there exists the possibility that your exams will end after the program end date. The student is responsible for arranging exams to be taken remotely if they plan to depart before their exams are administered.
COURSES WITH SPANISH STUDENTS
Students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two classes per semester with Spanish students. These classes are taught in Spanish and English. Students at all levels can enroll in classes with Spaniards that are taught in English as long as students meet the course prerequisites. However, API students must place higher than 301 in order to be eligible to enroll in classes with Spaniards that are taught in Spanish.
DEUSTO TANDEM PROGRAM
API students at Deusto have the exciting opportunity to participate in the Tandem Program, which facilitates intercultural exchange by matching full-time Spanish students with recently arrived study abroad students. It is a program with mutual benefits! The local Spanish students are eager to spend time with their API conversation partner and show them around Bilbao, and the API students are encouraged to integrate with local students and learn more about Spanish life, both inside and out of the university setting.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Deusto upon completion of their program.
Andrea Gorricho will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Depending on their language level, students earn 3-10 U.S. credits of Spanish language and choose 1-4 cultural electives or classes with Spaniards. Students may also elect to participate in an internship for an additional fee.
CLASSES WITH SPANISH STUDENTS
Classes with Spaniards are available in both English and Spanish. Offerings vary by semester and cannot be guaranteed. Additional courses with Spanish students in different areas such as law, history, sociology, education, anthropology, literature, religious studies, psychology and computer science may be available.
Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
API students in Bilbao live with host families with wireless internet included.
Students who live with families generally have their own room, but may share a double room with a fellow API student, and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.
***The apartment option can only be offered if requested by a minimum of 3 students of the same gender. When there is insufficient interest in this housing option, students are placed with host families.***
Student apartments require more independence and provide less cultural interaction with Spaniards, although other apartments in the building are often rented or owned by Spanish families. Each apartment can generally accommodate 3-4 people. The majority of the rooms in student apartments are double rooms. However, based on availability, some students may be assigned to a single room on a first-come, first served basis. Students are responsible for buying and preparing all of their own meals, and kitchens are furnished with the necessary cookware to do so. Sheets and blankets are also provided.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.