The Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea is a public university that offers a wide variety of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. It is also the only public university in the Basque Region. The region's success and scientific and technological progress are underpinned by the University of the Basque Country, a vibrant 30-year-old institution with 45,000 students, 5,000 world-class academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
There are two official languages in the Basque Country: Basque and Spanish. Everyone knows Spanish, whereas Basque is a minority language; it is largely spread around Gipuzkoa territory, although you can also hear it often in Bizkaia. Across Araba, Basque language is spoken to a smaller extent. All roads, airports and administrative signs are written in both languages.
Website for International Students
In a prosperous region stretching along the Atlantic coast of northern Spain, the people of the Basque Country are the custodians of one of Europe's most ancient languages and cultures. Yet, they not only have a high esteem for tradition, but are also remarkably forward-looking and have established a highly regarded industrial sector.
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students in English
Arts, Languages, Sports Science, Business, Economics, Teaching, Social Work, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Psychology, Architecture, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Science and Technology, Communication Studies, Law
Areas of study open to graduate exchange students in English
Language and Literature, Information and Communications Technologies, Engineering, Renewable Energies and Sustainability, Physics, Chemistry, Environment, Management and Economics, Education, Law
Areas of study not available to exchange students
Exchange students cannot enroll in Medicine or Odontology courses.
There are 3 campuses at the University of the Basque country, It is recommended to study subjects from a single center (except Engineering or Economics and Business in Bilbao). You will be allowed to take 1 or 2 subjects from another center, as long as they are located in the same geographical area and most subjects to be attended belong to the center where you will be admitted.
Students are encouraged to take Euskera and Spanish language courses free of charge. For more information, visit this link
*Please note, these are estimated dates and are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit the host university website.
||September 11th - December 22nd
||January 29th - May 18th
Estimated Monthly Costs of Living in Euros:
- Housing: 350-700
- Meals: 250-300
- Local transportation: 35
- Additional fees: 100
Students have three accommodation options:
Student residence halls in the Basque Country have excellent facilities. They are usually not the cheapest option available and usually prefer full-year students to one-semester visitors.
For a deeper cultural and language immersion as well as a cozier, warmer environment, you can apply for our Host family program.
Most international visitors at the University of the Basque Country prefer renting shared flats in the city. PLEASE NOTE: The Basque Country is an increasingly popular tourist destination, so the flats offer for students, particularly in Donostia-San Sebastián and Bilbao, is decreasing. Bear in mind that during the peak tourist season it may be difficult and expensive to find a place to stay. After late September it gets somewhat easier to find flats to let.
For more information, please visit the University’s Housing Website