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Bilbao / Getxo Calendars – 2023 Fall

USAC recommends that you have a passport in hand by the application dates below. Passport processing times and details can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. Currently, it can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks to process a passport depending on your circumstances. If you have questions about obtaining a passport, or these deadlines contact your Enrollment Specialist. Find out more about the visa process here or contact your Program Advisor.

Program Deadlines

March 15, 2023 Early Admission | Spain Group Visa Deadline
- If you will apply for your student visa through the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York and wish to take part in USAC’s group visa submission process, you are strongly advised to complete your study abroad application by the Early Admission deadline since later group visa submission is not guaranteed. Contact your Enrollment Specialist to discuss your options.
- You must have a valid passport in-hand by the Early Admission deadline to be part of the group visa submission. Check your passport expiration date: the passport must be valid a minimum six months beyond the program end date. If you do not have a valid passport in hand by the Early Admission deadline, you may not take part in the group visa submission and will follow the Standard Application deadline below.
May 1 Standard Application Deadline
- This is the USAC application deadline if you plan to work directly with the Spanish Consulate to apply for a student visa on your own
- We advise that you have a valid passport in hand by this date. Your passport must be valid for a minimum six months beyond the program end date.
June 15 Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
June 15 Confirmation Deposit Refund Deadline
July 1 Tuition Refund Deadline | Refer to Enhanced Refund Policy

Program Dates

Note: Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations field trip dates and locations are subject to change.
September 2 Departure from the U.S. on optional group flight
September 3 Arrival in Bilbao Before 8pm | Program Starts
September 3 Move into program housing
September 4 - 5 Mandatory orientation
September 6 First day of instruction
September 8 Field trip
September 20 Field trip — San Sebastian
October 12 National holiday
November 1 National holiday
December 6 National holiday
December 8 National holiday
December 15 Last day of instruction
December 18 - 20 Final examinations
December 21 Program ends
December 21 Move out of program housing
December 21 Optional group flight return | Individual return

See Ready to Apply for additional information about the application process and Money Matters for more details regarding payment and cancellation deadlines. Payment of the Confirmation Deposit cannot be deferred. USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

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

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa Information