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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish NC State Students Only: Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 4 semesters Additional Requirements: None
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange High Impact, Experiential Opportunities: Internship Opportunities, Research or Field Work Opportunities
Duration: Academic Year, Semester Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
Program Description:
The Basque county is located in the northern part of Spain and is home of the western Pyreness, major rivers, modern architecture, and beautiful coastline. The area has around 4 million people, who typically both speak Basque and Spanish. Sometimes students feel hesitant to study in Spanish in the Basque country, but Spanish is currently the most prevalent language in shops and restaurants in the larger cities. 

UPV/EHU is known as the The University of the Basque Country, with 3 regional campuses: Araba, Biscay, and Gipuzoka. North Carolina State University students will choose one campus where they will take all of their courses. It is not possible to go between campuses, though it is possible to go between the Bilbao and Leioa branches of the Biscay campus. Each of the 3 campuses have different features. Biscay- the thriving city of Bilbao with another branch located 20km away in the hill town of Leioa, Gipukoa- the beach city of Donostia-San Sebatian, and Araba- the smaller less touristy city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, which is an option but usually not attended by international students.

A majority of the courses on each campus are taught in Spanish, though the list of English-taught courses is ever growing. It is possible to take Spanish language courses throughout the semester, and some campuses have an optional pre-semester intensive language program for an additional fee.

Campus Biscay
  • Downtown Bilbao Branch: Business Administration and Management, Economics, Finance, Taxation, and Marketing
  • Hillside Leioa Branch: Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Physics, Geology, Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Political Science and Public Management, Audiovisual Communication, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, and Sociology. Some Business-like courses are taught in the Law department. 
Campus Gipuzkoa
  • Downtown Donostia-San Sebastian: Chemistry, Architecture, Business, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energies Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Criminology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Psychology.
Campus Araba
  • Vitoria-Gasteiz (not highly attended by international students): Business Administration, Engineering, Physical Education and Sport Science, and Arts.

The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive.  Additional courses can be approved for credit by searching the links below and using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad.

The International Student Service Office at UPV/EHU can assist with housing arrangements.  Most students live in private apartments with other students, or with families (with or without meals).  Some campuses offer arrangements with private residence halls, though space is limited. If staying in a shared flat, it is recommended that students arrive to their host city one week before the start of the program and stay in a hotel/hostel while they explore options.


Travel Docs
In addition to having a passport, students will need to apply for a student visa - a sticker placed in your passport that allows you to remain in Spain as a student. In order to apply for a visa, students will need to travel to the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC. It is important for students to begin looking into the visa process as soon as they receive their acceptance letters from UPV and NC State. The NC State letter will be given to you at your pre-departure conference. Please note that you may not apply for your visa more than 90 days before the start date of your program. In general, students should appear at the Embassy no later than early November for Spring semesters and no later early June for Fall semesters. Note that students going on academic year programs will need to obtain a FBI background check as a part of their visa application. This time intensive process needs to be started immediately after program acceptance. 


Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of studyabroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad found on the NC State Study Abroad website.

 Erasmus Logo
The Erasmus+ programme offers financial support for student and faculty exchange between The United States and the countries member of the Erasmus+ programme. The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain has been granted some Erasmus+ grants for the Spring 2018 term, and one NC State student will be awarded a grant to study at one of the campuses in the Basque Country. With the grant, a student will receive €800 per month in Spain for living expenses up to a maximum of 3 months (€2400)  and an additional  €820 for travel expenses. There is no separate application for this grant. All students who commit to studying abroad at Universidad Pais Vasco will be automatically considered.

The Fall / First semester courses will start in early September  and run until mid January, with exams finishing up at the end of January. For this reason, students will either need to choose to spend the academic year at Pais Vasco or attend during the Spring / Second semester. These courses will start at the end of January and run until mid May, with exams in May and retakes of exams in June/July. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 09/29/2019 TBA TBA

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