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On-Site Staff for Bilbao / Getxo, Spain

The Bilbao program has a Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program, including securing appropriate housing, hiring top-level faculty, organizing field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.

Meet the Resident Director

Dr. Ibon Zamanillo is the Resident Director for the Bilbao program and has been with USAC since 2002. Ibon holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the Engineering School of Bilbao and graduated Cum Laude with a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of the Basque Country.

Ibon will meet the group flight at the airport, arrange for you to be taken to your housing, and provide the mandatory on-site orientation. The Program Assistant, Arantxa Arteagoitia, as well as the Housing Coordinator, María Benitez, have extensive experience abroad. The friendly team prides itself on consistently providing outstanding service to students. The team is always welcoming and happy to have you stop by the office.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Spring 2024: Open
    • Early admissions deadline: Sept 15
    • Standard deadline: Oct 1

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Early admission deadline: March 15
    • Standard deadline: May 1
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Early admission deadline: Sept 15
    • Standard deadline: Oct 1


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

  • Summer: 50 students
  • Semester: 65 students


English, Spanish


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