Bilbao / Getxo, Spain

My host family was everything I could have dreamed of and more. They are truly a part of my family and will forever be a part of my life. They treated me like their own daughter. They took care of me, fed me well, encouraged my Spanish through conversations and other activities. Sweetest, most loving couple I have ever met.

Participant in Bilbao / Getxo, Spain


Program Calendars

Bilbao / Getxo, Spain | 2016-17 Yearlong

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2015 Early Admission Period Begins
April 15, 2016 Fall Position Hold Refund Deadline | Regular Admission Period Begins
June 15 Application Deadline
July 1 Fall Tour/Field Study Deadline
July 15 Fall Balance Due Deadline
August 15 Fall Cancellation Deadline
September 1 Spring Position Hold Payment Due/Refund Deadline
November 1 Spring Tour/Field Study Deadline
December 1 Spring Balance Due Deadline
December 26 Spring Cancellation Deadline
Program Dates
August 30, 2016 Departure from US on optional group flight (if on the optional tour/field study)
August 31 Arrival in Madrid before 8 pm (if on the tour/field study)
August 31 - September 4 Optional Madrid Tour/Field Study
September 4 Arrival in Bilbao
Move into housing (all students)
September 5 - 6 Mandatory orientation
September 7 Fall courses begin
September 9 Ice-breaking group activity after class
TBD Field Trip—Asturias
December 7 Fall courses end
December 9 - 14 Fall final examinations
January 18, 2017 Spring courses begin
January 20 Ice-breaking group activity after class
TBD Field Trip—Navarra
April 10 - 21 Spring break
May 11 Spring courses end
May 12 - 17 Spring final examinations
May 17 Program end date
May 19 Last day to move out of housing (noon checkout)
Open return Students establish their own date of return

See Ready to Apply for additional information about the application process and Money Matters for more details regarding payment and cancellation deadlines.

USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time. If a program fills earlier than anticipated, USAC may move up the position hold payment deadline date to secure students’ placement in the program.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (8 weeks): Open

Summer II (3 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


English | Spanish


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