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Spain Semester Study Abroad

(Unavailable Fall 2014)

Starting in the fall of 2011, the School of Law will offer semester abroad study opportunities at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, to two students. All classes will be taught in English at the master’s degree level or above. No foreign language required. (Formal University approval for this new exchange program is pending but expected to be granted.)


Students must have completed one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study at USF School of Law. 2nd year students must have earned a cumulative GPA above 2.50 in the spring semester of their first year. 3rd year students must be in good academic standing.

Deusto University

The University of Deusto first opened in 1886, to serve the desire of the Basque region of Spain to have its own university and that of the Society of Jesus to move its School of Higher Studies to a more central location. The beautiful main building of the campus is situated opposite the renowned Guggenheim Museum and very close to a beautiful beach. The Business College of the University, founded in 1916, was the first college and the only one of its kind for nearly 50 years in Spain.  The Faculties of Law,  Philosophy and Arts were added in 1963.  In 1973 the College of Business became the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences. The Faculty of Engineering was added in 1979. At present, the student body of the University of Deusto is 14,000 strong.

Courses at Deusto University

USF Students will be studying at the School of Law.

The following classes are available for the Fall semester of 2011 (5 ECT each):

  • Introduction to the Main elements of International Trade and Commerce and International Organizations
  • Judicial Cooperation within the European Union
  • Contracts and Law applicable to Contractual Obligations
  • Arbitration and Alternative Methods of Solving Conflicts in the European Union
  • European Competition Law and Economic Regulations

Course Credit: Students, in consultation with Professor Donovan, must select courses which are the equivalent of a full time semester course load (ranging from 12 to 15 units).

Fall 2011 Calendar: August 29 to December 22

The Cost of Living and Studying in Bilbao

A student needs between €700 and €1300 per month to live in Bilbao.

  • Housing: between €350 and €950 a month
  • Transportation: €30 a month
  • Board: €250
  • Phone and internet: €70

To convert euros into dollars, go to http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html


The University of Deusto helps students to find different accommodation options for the whole period of stay in Bilbao. Accommodation options offered are:

  • A room in a shared flat with other student (prices can vary between € 300 and € 400 per month per person).This includes a single room and common areas like the bathroom, kitchen or living room. Water and electricity bills are not included in this price. The cost of these bills is shared between all tenants of the apartment. It is mandatory to hand over a deposit, which usually corresponds to 1 month's rent. The deposit is returned at the end of the stay, if the flat is in the same condition as when it was delivered to students at the beginning of their stay in Bilbao. Internet, phone and cable TV is usually not included. Flats are shared by both male and female students. Most of them have 3 rooms, with common areas to share. A full month of rent shall be paid if the student enters the flat before the 15th of the month and half the monthly rent, if entry is after the 15th.
  • Residency at the university residence hall (approximately € 928 per month) This includes a single room with a private bathroom, 3 meals a day (7 days a week), linens, free use of laundry machines, all utilities included, in-room internet. Residence hall facilities include a computer lab, gym, TV room, cafe, cultural activities, etc.
  • A room with a local family

Full board: approximately € 600 per month

Half board: approximately € 450 per month

Cooking facilities only: approximately € 300 per month

Deadline to get assistance in arranging your accommodation for the fall semester: June 15

Financial aid

USF students will pay full-time tuition to USF for their semester abroad. Living expenses will be calculated according to the cost of living in each location.


Students must obtain a student visa from the Spanish Consulate in the San Francisco. The application has to be submitted together with the admission letter from Deusto University; along with proof that the applicant is financially in a position to support himself/herself.

For more information, please contact the Consulate of Spain:
1405 Suttter St., San Francisco, CA 94109-5417
Phone: (415) 922 29 95/ 29 96

For more information go to:

International and Summer Abroad Programs
Tel. 415.422.6280