Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year
2.5 GPA and in good academic standing
9/20 for Spring, 3/1 for Fall/Academic Year, 3/10 for Summer
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This summer, semester or academic year program offers intensive language study - up to two years of university language requirements may be met in one semester. Additional courses are taught in English or Spanish and include offerings in Business and Environmental Sustainability. The programs are administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member, and enroll approximately 100 students from many U.S. colleges and universities. UI students earn resident credit for this program.
The USAC programs offer courses at every level of Spanish language study. Intensive Spanish language programs for students at the beginning or intermediate level are designed for rapid improvement in Spanish language skills. Students at the advanced level select from a variety of language and literature courses. All courses are taught exclusively for program participants in Spanish by Spanish faculty, with the exception of the Business and Environmental Sustainability courses.
UI Students earn resident credit which may be applied toward General Education requirements, the International Business Certificate, the Sustainability Certificate, Business degree requirements, or requirements for the Spanish major or minor.
In the summer, this program offers intensive two 3 week sessions which offer Spanish language and conversation courses as well as Business and Sustainability courses. Language classes are available to students of all levels of Spanish fluency. As the classes are intensive, one semester of coursework is completed in one month of classes. Students earn UI resident credit for this program. Students take between 3 semester hours in each session.
During the school year the program's calendar follows the typical U.S. academic calendar closely (late August to mid December and mid-January to late May). In the summer there are two sessions and students can attend one or the other or both. Each summer session runs for three weeks. The first session takes place in June and the second in July.
Please come to the Study Abroad Resource Room for a USAC program catalog that contains much more detailed information than is available on our webpage.
The USAC programs in Bilbao and San Sebastian are hosted by the Universidad del País Vasco, although the professors as well as the courses are directly affiliated with the program. Some University facilities are available to program participants. La Universidad del País Vasco (UPV) is a decentralized Spanish university with a student enrollment of approximately 40,000 students distributed over four campuses in Lejona, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and San Sebastian. Consortium offices, classes and dining facilities are housed on the UPV Bilbao Business School campus. With support from the municipal government and the European Community, the USAC programs have been recognized as centers for the teaching of Spanish language to foreigners. Students from a number of European countries who are preparing to study in Spanish Universities also participate in the program.
Bilbao was founded in 1300 as the capital of Biskaia and the area's primary outlet to the sea. A tangled web of narrow streets remains as the Old Quarter, while wide streets and modern buildings mark the modern city. Bilbao's population numbers 400,000; surrounding communities create a total population of around 1 million, well connected by bus, metro and train services. Students can opt to live in Getxo or Bilbao. Getxo is directly on the coast and is well connected to downtown Bilbao by the subway system. Students enjoy Getxo's watersports, young population, and lack of tourists.
Students have the option of living in homestays or sharing apartments with other consortium students. Apartments are fully equipped except for linens. Both options are available in downtown Bilbao or in neighboring Getxo which is right on the coast.
Minimum eligibility requirements include good academic standing and a 2.5 grade point average (4.0 scale).
The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 9/24. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.
The application deadline for fall and academic year programs is February 24th. For summer March 4th.
Before starting an application for this program, students should must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.
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All participants attend a pre-departure orientation specific to the program as well as a general study abroad orientation.
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Phone: (319) 335-0353
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