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Bilbao / Getxo Courses – 2022-23 Yearlong

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

Students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Spanish language plus electives in international business, literature and cultural studies. Although language study is not required, it is strongly recommended as it will increase your understanding of Spanish culture and equip you with language and cross-cultural skills that will deepen your study abroad experience and facilitate your day-to-day life in Spain.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Spanish Language Tracks (Both Semesters)

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. In Bilbao/Getxo, most tracks are composed of three courses. You are not obligated to take all three courses. You may take only the first two courses of a track or the first course alone. In this way, you can accommodate your language study to allow for greater flexibility with business or elective courses. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language course sections are small with an average size of nine students each.

Track I: 11 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II
  3. Intermediate Spanish I

Track II: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II
  3. Spanish Composition I

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track IV: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Advanced Spanish I
  2. Advanced Spanish II

      Language Courses

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level Spanish

      Fall Semester

      Language and Literature Electives

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is an advanced Spanish elective designed to develop students’ written communication and expression skills, and to increase Spanish reading and writing proficiency. The highly collaborative classroom environment will also encourage students to ask and answer questions and discuss topics, all while building Spanish language competency and confidence.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The objective of this course is to enable students to develop competence in an area which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. You will become familiar with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order to enable you to communicate correctly in the target language. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to develop the required oral skills for commercial transactions and activities in a context of Spanish for business purposes. In particular, three oral communicative activities will be addressed: the job interview, the business negotiation/argumentation, and advising in commercial activities. In all three of these three activities, the command of the linguistic and nonverbal communication will be emphasized in order to form leaders in the business environment.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        This course can be taken with Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills for a total of 3 credits in Spanish conversation.

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Optional two or three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the two/three-hundred level courses, with a special focus in the oral skills. This course is taught at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

        Beginner Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

        Intermediate Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        Advanced Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 12th to 18th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected, which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

      International Business Studies

      • Fall
        General Business Marketing 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        General Business Marketing 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This class will distinguish between Consumer Influences—including Culture, Life-stage Demographics, Personality and Beliefs—and Organizational Influences—including Branding, Logos, Slogans, Service Marks, the Marketing Mix Decisions [4P’s] and Perceptions of Quality—on Consumer Behavior (CB is the three-step process of Obtaining, Consuming, and Evaluating Products and Services).

        The Disposal, Resale and/or Recycling will be considered from the “green” marketing perspective and the legislative efforts. After measuring the feelings and attitudes of perspective customers towards new features or innovations marketers attempt to steer them faster through the Consumer Decision Process with specially designed advertising based on appeals to particular and “personal” Values.

        Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing and Microeconomics, or their equivalents

      • Spring
        Finance General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Besides corporate decision-making from the CFO’s perspective regarding their firm’s financing arrangements—the debt/equity mix, e.g., bonds, loans or stock—, we will evaluate what the retail landscape has to offer the individual investor thinking of retirement and personal portfolio decisions/weights. Business/Financial management topics include the importance of cash flow—especially DCF, the Time Value of Money, Net Present Value and the volatility of returns given past—and recent—market history. Currency (Exchange Rate Risk)—the FX market—will also be considered. Discussion of business ethics will be timely and frequent and well.

      • Fall
        Economics History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        From the Middle Ages on, many thinkers proposed the union of Europe. But only after the Second World War, the material conditions existed for making it possible. This course shows why and how this attempt has been so successful. Students will learn some historical data and conceptual tools (coming from Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Law) for a better understanding of the European integration process.

      • Fall
        Economics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course introduces students to major debates surrounding the contemporary global economic order. The course will provide an overview of the global economy, characterized by globalization and regional integration processes. Main trends and institutions in the global economy will also be covered, such as the monetary system, the foreign exchange market, and the trade regime. The last part will deal with transnational corporations, ranging from the impact of FDI in home and host economies, to the ways that contemporary firms trans nationalize.

      • Fall
        Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the challenges facing managers that are competing in a global economy. We will devote our attention to strategic management in a globally competitive environment and the role of culture in motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision-making, HRM practices, and the management of a multicultural workforce abroad or at home. We will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level of environment and strategy and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources. Some of the critical topics to be explored include:

        • The international environment: politics, economy, culture, technology, and law.

        • Managing international strategic planning and implementation.

        • Managing people and processes across borders and cultures.

        • Ethical dilemmas in international management.

        Prerequisites: introductory coursework in business or management

      • Fall
        Marketing 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        A complete introductory course on Marketing. Emphasis will be put on how interdisciplinary Marketing really is—borrowing from Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and more!—all in the name of “strategies” (blending the Marketing Mix 4-P’s) to create and communicate value. The possibility for firms to identify their source of Competitive Advantage will be discussed as well as which value proposition to offer and techniques for competitive analysis.

      Cultural Studies

      • Fall
        Anthropology Basque Studies 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Basque Studies 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course helps students acquire a better knowledge and understanding of the Basque culture: its people, history, traditions, beliefs, contemporary life, and politics. It traces the history of Basque and Iberian peoples, analyzing different aspects that led to the contemporary land of the Basques. It provides a critical description of the different elements that constitute the Basque culture and the current society. This course will also cover different aspects related to contemporary life in the Basque Country, such as politics, gastronomy, festivals, or elements of Basque popular life that had a big impact on its traditions (the importance of the sea, the land, or the Basque house, among others). The course is intended to provide the students with critical-thinking skills, as well as with a thorough understanding of the Basque culture. All this is expected to broaden the students´ interests in other cultures while, offering them a different contrastive vision of their own culture.

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

        This course is designed to teach Basque and other popular regional recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

        In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes. Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

        This course has a maximum capacity of 14.

        This course has an additional fee for materials.

      • Fall
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam.

        Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Madrid tour.

        This course has an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

      • Fall
        General Education Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        General Education Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course will cover topics related to teaching ESL in a Spanish classroom including an overview of the Spanish education system, language activities, and evaluation of student understanding. Readings, lectures, and practice lessons will develop students' foundational knowledge and skills to teach ESL. Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of teaching methods through assisted teaching and group scenarios.

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

        This course is co-produced by USAC and “Quiksilver Surf Eskola”. The number of meeting sessions will be determined on site considering tides and weather conditions.

      • Fall
        Art Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course studies the history of Western European Art from Prehistoric times to the Renaissance. The course has a general introduction and six main topics: Prehistoric Art, Egyptian and Western Asian Art, Classical, Roman Art, Gothic Art and arts evolution at the time of the Renaissance.

        Prerequisite: Four semesters of college Spanish

      Spring Semester

      Language and Literature Electives

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is an advanced Spanish elective designed to develop students’ written communication and expression skills, and to increase Spanish reading and writing proficiency. The highly collaborative classroom environment will also encourage students to ask and answer questions and discuss topics, all while building Spanish language competency and confidence.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to develop the required oral skills for commercial transactions and activities in a context of Spanish for business purposes. In particular, three oral communicative activities will be addressed: the job interview, the business negotiation/argumentation, and advising in commercial activities. In all three of these three activities, the command of the linguistic and nonverbal communication will be emphasized in order to form leaders in the business environment.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        This course can be taken with Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills for a total of 3 credits in Spanish conversation.

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Optional two or three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the two/three-hundred level courses, with a special focus in the oral skills. This course is taught at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

        Beginner Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

        Intermediate Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

        Advanced Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course examines the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of various literary movements and the study of the most important authors of each period from the 18th through the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected, which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course closely examines the most important Spanish authors, novels, and literary trends and movements from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Four or five representative novels will be read and analyzed in class.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      International Business Studies

      • Fall
        General Business Marketing 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        General Business Marketing 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This class will distinguish between Consumer Influences—including Culture, Life-stage Demographics, Personality and Beliefs—and Organizational Influences—including Branding, Logos, Slogans, Service Marks, the Marketing Mix Decisions [4P’s] and Perceptions of Quality—on Consumer Behavior (CB is the three-step process of Obtaining, Consuming, and Evaluating Products and Services).

        The Disposal, Resale and/or Recycling will be considered from the “green” marketing perspective and the legislative efforts. After measuring the feelings and attitudes of perspective customers towards new features or innovations marketers attempt to steer them faster through the Consumer Decision Process with specially designed advertising based on appeals to particular and “personal” Values.

        Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing and Microeconomics, or their equivalents

      • Spring
        Finance General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Besides corporate decision-making from the CFO’s perspective regarding their firm’s financing arrangements—the debt/equity mix, e.g., bonds, loans or stock—, we will evaluate what the retail landscape has to offer the individual investor thinking of retirement and personal portfolio decisions/weights. Business/Financial management topics include the importance of cash flow—especially DCF, the Time Value of Money, Net Present Value and the volatility of returns given past—and recent—market history. Currency (Exchange Rate Risk)—the FX market—will also be considered. Discussion of business ethics will be timely and frequent and well.

      • Spring
        Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are playing an increasingly important role in global politics, economic development and social change. This course critically discusses the basic dimensions for the understanding of the growing relevance of NGOs in human and sustainable development and global governance. NGOs are formed to provide services or advocate for issues that are perceived as overlooked or ineffectively addressed by national and local governments, the private sector, or multilateral institutions. They represent a civil society response to the identification of diverse problems, a venue for the development of innovative policy making, and a means of identifying deficient policies, ineffective programs or gaps in service delivery. NGOs play a crucial role in critiquing, facilitating, and supplementing the public and private sector. After some conceptual clarifications regarding the changing meanings of development, and through the analysis of NGOs´ structures from an international perspective, the course will address the legal, economic, managerial, and policy planning process aspects of non-profit NGOs. The course explores the full range of NGO strategies, including mobilizing and organizing communities, developing and operating development programs and services, engaging in institutional policy making and creating advocacy networks both at local and global scale.

      • Spring
        General Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course provides an overview of the primary issues in managing an organization's human resources, including planning personnel needs, recruiting, hiring, developing, and appraising employees, and discussion of current social, ethical, and legal issues. Students will become acquainted with the application of HRM tools and concepts and analyze current HRM-related events, issues, and controversies.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college-level business administration

      • Spring
        International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The course is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. While extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier courses into a global context, students also develop knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

        Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing, and Macro/Microeconomics

      • Spring
        Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course covers theories and principles of management and leadership. This includes the roles and responsibilities of a manager, as well as different ways to lead and motivate people. Research and discussion of ethics in leadership will also be explored. This is a seminar-based course examining management and leadership theory and research, emphasizing the development of personal and interpersonal skills through teamwork. Students will work with videos, books, and presentations that will be analyzed, shared, and discussed throughout the whole period.

      • Spring
        Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course develops students' abilities to effectively analyze the decision-making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control, aids in understanding these concepts. It provides a forum for written communication concerning operations management topics.

        The topics to be covered in this course include forecasting, customer service, and inventory management, just-in-time production, supply chain management, and quality assessment and improvement in both services and manufacturing.

      Cultural Studies

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

        This course is designed to teach Basque and other popular regional recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

        In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes. Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

        This course has a maximum capacity of 14.

        This course has an additional fee for materials.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Basque Studies 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Basque Studies 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course helps students acquire a better knowledge and understanding of the Basque culture: its people, history, traditions, beliefs, contemporary life, and politics. It traces the history of Basque and Iberian peoples, analyzing different aspects that led to the contemporary land of the Basques. It provides a critical description of the different elements that constitute the Basque culture and the current society. This course will also cover different aspects related to contemporary life in the Basque Country, such as politics, gastronomy, festivals, or elements of Basque popular life that had a big impact on its traditions (the importance of the sea, the land, or the Basque house, among others). The course is intended to provide the students with critical-thinking skills, as well as with a thorough understanding of the Basque culture. All this is expected to broaden the students´ interests in other cultures while, offering them a different contrastive vision of their own culture.

      • Spring
        Art History 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema will explore social, political, and economical changes encountered in Spain in the course of the last fifty years through the study of twelve representative films. Readings, screenings, and analysis will center on selected works of Buñuel, Bardem, Saura, Almodóvar, and others. Students will read, discuss, and write papers about the selected films applying presented principles of film theory.

        Prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level Spanish.

      • Fall
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam.

        Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Madrid tour.

        This course has an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

      • Fall
        General Education Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        General Education Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course will cover topics related to teaching ESL in a Spanish classroom including an overview of the Spanish education system, language activities, and evaluation of student understanding. Readings, lectures, and practice lessons will develop students' foundational knowledge and skills to teach ESL. Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of teaching methods through assisted teaching and group scenarios.

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will develop student understanding of topics related to contemporary Spanish culture and civilization. Students will build a strong theoretical and historical foundation to effectively analyze life in Spain in the present, and the changes that have taken place in society related politics, religion, economy, and society.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish

        This course is co-produced by USAC and “Quiksilver Surf Eskola”. The number of meeting sessions will be determined on site considering tides and weather conditions.

      • Spring
        Anthropology Basque 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students have a wide offer of theoretical courses about the Basque language and culture to choose from, but this course is an opportunity to really comprehend this ancient and unique culture by experiencing it through fieldtrips.

        The organized fieldtrips help students understand the modern-day reality and complexity of the Basques, focusing on what we consider the three most important axes: origins, politics and daily life culture or popular culture.

        This course has an additional fee.

      To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

      Host University Courses

      Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV), USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of Spain, immerse themselves in the academic community of Bilbao, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Spanish, but English-language offerings may be available.

      While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, UPV does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that UPV may follow a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams may take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

      Field Studies

      Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Spain. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

      As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

      Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

      For more information about field study options, please see the Bilabo/Getxo tour and field study page.

      Internships

      USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Spain, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

      Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

      • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
      • Gain practical, hands-on experience
      • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
      • Build a network of professional contacts
      • Improve your resume
      • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
      • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Spain

      For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

      For more information about placement options, see the Bilbao/Getxo internship page.

      Quick Details

      2021-22 App. Cycle

      Spring Accelerated: Open (Nov. 15 deadline)

      2022-23 App. Cycle

      Summer Sessions: Open
      Fall/Yearlong: Open
      Spring: Open

      Eligibility

      Preferred GPA: 2.5

      Program Type

      Specialty

      Credits

      US Credit

      Program Capacity

      Summer: 50 students

      Semester: 65 students

      Instruction

      English | Spanish

      Member

      APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

      Passport & Visa

      Passport & Visa Information