UMW in Spain | Spain for All

UMW in Spain

Spain for All


Program Dates

June 21 — July 30

Summer 2019


Register for this program by April 1, 2019. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. View our cancellation policy.

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Program Fees

(Spanish Studies)
(Global Studies & Business)

$600 deposit payable to UMW due upon registration by April 1, 2019.

3,463 payable directly to the University of Deusto (Spanish Studies students)
 €3,738 payable directly to the University of Deusto (Global Studies & Business students)
€962 payable to home-stay provider or University of Deusto, depending on housing selection (see Accommodations)

*Estimated. Subject to exchange rate. Students will be invoiced by the University of Deusto and housing provider directly depending on options selected.


  • Tuition
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Meals
  • Field experiences
  • Conversation exchange program
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires a moderate to high level of activity, including significant city walking and lengthy hours.














Dr. Jose Sainz leads this program at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, a bustling, friendly, and beautiful city in the Basque country on the coast of northern Spain. Additional UMW Visiting Teaching Faculty include Dr. Marisa Martinez-Mira from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Dr. Caitie Finlyason from the Department of Geography.

The University of Deusto is located in the heart of the city, offering students a unique experience focusing on Spanish courses, business studies, or global studies programs in a variety of subjects. During this 5-week program in the summer, visit some of Spain’s most beautiful cities and attend cultural events, including the world-famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Students may earn up to nine transfer credits. View the CIDE online catalog for more information.

Begin your time in Spain with a three-day tour of Madrid and Toledo or Segovia. Visit the picturesque Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Experience day trips to coastal villages including Bay of Bizcay, Urdaibai Nature Reserve, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Make historical visits to Gernika and Mundaka, San Sebastian, San Mames Soccer Stadium & Museum. Participate in a day trip to Pamplona to see the Running of the Bulls and visit nearby San Sebastian. Experience a day trip to Santillana de Mar, including city tour and visit to Altamira’s Neo-Cave Prehistoric Paintings and Exhibition Center. Global Studies & Business participants will take part in additional field experiences such as company visits.

Find out more about the city of Bilbao and the program from past students as they talk about academics, field trips, and recommendations for future students.


Students may choose between home-stays and lodgings in the Universidad de Deusto dormitory, Colegio Mayor Deusto. Home stays include a single room, three daily meals, laundry, bed linens, towels, and incoming phone calls in the home of a local family. Residence halls provide individual bathrooms, three daily meals, bed linens, towels, laundry facilities, a library, study room, TV room, computer lab, and gym. Free Wi-FI is also available. If a student selects the home-stay option they will be instructed to pay their home-stay directly, rather than to CIDE if the Colegio Mayor Deusto option is selected.


Students may choose to pursue studies in one of these two areas of study: Spanish Language and Culture OR Global Studies and Business.

Track 1: Spanish Language and Culture Program. Students may earn 3 to 9 course credits from the following course options:

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar and Translation
  • Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain
  • Intro to Hispanic Literature
  • Cinema in Spain and Latin America
  • Food Culture in Spain
  • European Union Studies (taught in English)

Track 2: Global Studies and Business Program. Students may earn 3 to 9 course credits from the following course options:

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar and Translation
  • Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain (taught in Spanish)
  • European Union Studies (taught in English)
  • Global Politics and Economy (taught in English)
  • Cultural Geography (taught in English)
  • International Business (taught in English)
  • Intercultural Communication (taught in English)

UMW in Spain participants can also satisfy their Experiential Learning or Global Inquiry general education requirement. Those who complete SPAN 201 and 202 will satisfy the Foreign Language general education requirement.


Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to participate. Spanish proficiency is recommended but not required. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major; UMW students must have completed 12 or more UMW course credits. As per UMW credit transfer policies, a C grade of above is required for courses taught abroad to transfer back to UMW. The program is also open to non-UMW students.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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