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Field Trips for Bilbao / Getxo, Spain

You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fees. In addition to the included program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.

French Basque Country and San Sebastian

Explore the picturesque fishing village of St.-Jean-de-Luz and San Sebastián. Once one of the most important fishing ports of France, Saint-Jean-de-Luz has now become an easy-going beach resort town with colorful timbered Basque houses. San Sebastián has a lot more to offer than food—gorgeous beaches, an over 100-year-old amusement park, and mountain tops with astonishing views.

Urdaibai and Oma

Kayaking in the estuary of Urdaibai offers an extraordinary landscape and is a unique natural jewel in the heart of Bizkaia. The painted forest establishes a relationship between nature and art. Artist Augustín Ibarrola painted hundreds of pine trees with bright colors to create an enormous canvas that visitors can rearrange at will, just by playing with the different perspectives while walking through the trees.


Visit Bordeaux and enjoy a wine tasting in a château next to the town of Saint-Emilion in the heart of the French wine region (two nights). Bordeaux is a city of bustling markets, one-off boutiques, theaters, museums, and fabulous restaurants. Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village with beautiful architecture and great monuments.


On this three-day, two-night trip visit Oviedo, the Sanctuary of Covadonga, canoe down the Sella River, and end up in the beautiful and well-preserved medieval town of Santillana del Mar. The whole region is scattered with impressive historical sites and monuments. Covadonga's Holy Cave holds the tomb of Pelayo, the first King of Asturias.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Summer: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: April 1
    • Session II Deadlines: May 1
  • Fall: Open
    • Deadline: May 1
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 1


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 65 students


English | Spanish


APUNE – Asociación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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