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Universidad de Deusto
Bilbao, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: AACSB, AACSB - Business, Business, Education, Engineering, European Studies, History, Humanities, Iberian Studies, International Business, International Relations, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Spanish, Tourism
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program: Exchange
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The city of Bilbao is located on Spain's northern coast in the Basque Country. Although it has ancient roots, Bilbao has grown to be an important port city and is the commercial and financial center of the region. Despite (or because of) its industrial roots, modern Bilbao has become an important center for art in Europe and is home to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao. The city's excellent metro system combined with Spain's modern and efficient rail system and Bilbao's location makes it easy to visit many of the region's tourist destinations such as San Sebastián, Pamplona, and luxurious Biarritz. 


The Universidad de Deusto was founded by the Jesuit Order in 1886 to give the Basque Country its own university. Since that time, the university's main campus in Bilbao has grown to an annual enrollment of around 14,000 students and has gained a reputation of excellence among Spanish universities, especially in the areas of business and law. The main building of the university is located just across a small estuary from the Guggenheim Museum. 


A list of the courses offered at Deusto is available on here. Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate UM academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s). Specifically, interested students must meet with either Dr. Luanne Buchanan or Dr. Jason Klodt to discuss important academic and linguistic considerations about studying at UD as an exchange student.

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12 hours of credit on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.


Students have the option of living in the Jesuit-run student residence hall or Universidad de Deusto can assist you with securing accommodations in a shared flat or with a local host family.

 The UD deadline for submitting housing applications is:
  • June 15 (for First Semester - i.e. Fall)
  • November 30 (for Second Semester - i.e. Spring)


For the Universidad de Deusto exchange, students are responsible for paying:
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA, must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent) and–specific to this exchange program–must be able to display a very high level of ability to communicate in Spanish.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply.


In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator.


PLEASE NOTE that even though Universidad de Deusto requires that potential exchange students have successfully completed a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent), the UM Spanish language department will only approval for exchange at UD those students who have displayed a very high proficiency level in written and oral communication in the Spanish language. Students who believe that they can meet these standards are encouraged to speak with Dr. Buchanan in the UM Spanish department for more details about this requirement. 

A two-week pre-term intensive Spanish language program is offered by the Universidad de Deusto to incoming exchange students before the start of each semester.

When nominating a UM student to study as an exchange student at Universidad de Deusto, the UM Study Abroad Office must nominate the student under a specific "faculty," or, the area of study. The student is then required to take most of his or her courses at Universidad de Deusto from within that specific academic discipline. For more details about the course registration process at Universidad de Deusto, please visit their international student course registration information page here.

Universidad de Deusto International Student Guide (pdf)

Universidad de Deusto Exchange Student Nomination Deadline:
  • June 1 (for First Semester - i.e. Fall)
  • November 1 (for Second Semester - i.e. Spring)


In addition to the option of studying at the Universidad de Deusto as an exchange student, Deusto also operates the International Spanish Center, known as CIDE, which offers programs in intensive Spanish language and culture and business and Spanish. Please note that the programs offered by CIDE are not part of the exchange partnership between Deusto and the University of Mississippi and participation in a CIDE program (semester or summer) is separate–in terms of costs, billing, etc.–from studying at Deusto as an exchange student. 


Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019 03/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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