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The University of Deusto was founded in 1886. In 1916, the "Universidad Comercial deDeusto" received the first group of students which would be the first graduates in Economic Sciences in Spain, 25 years before this degree was officially recognized. In 1963, the Institute of Graduate and Technical Studies of Guipuzcoa in San Sebastian was formed by the integration of three already-existing entities. This institute, years later, would form a part of the University of Deusto.

The University of Deusto is well known for its capacity in the social sciences and humanities, in particular law, economics and business administration, education and psychology as well as sociology and social work, culture and tourism, languages and communication, international studies and theology. Furthermore, the faculty of engineering includes a wide and solid range of options: industrial and electrical engineering, information technology, automated and electronic engineering and industrial organization. Deusto offers top quality courses including five internationally renowned Erasmus Mundus Master programs in humanitarian action, Euroculture, lifelong learning, governance and local development, and regional health systems as well as two European Doctoral programs in migration and diversities and in peace and conflict.


Universidad de Deusto offers courses in several academic areas.

Spanish and Basque Language Courses

Spanish: As an undergraduate exchange student, you can do an intensive Spanish course (45 hours, 5 ECTS) that will be held at the beginning of you stay (end of August and end of January). PLEASE NOTE: If you have never studied Spanish before, we strongly advise you to attend the Spanish intensive course. If you are a semester student, you can also register on the regular Spanish course for the period of your stay (September-December or February-May, 60 hours, 6 ECTS, respectively). If you are a full-year student, you can register on two regular courses that are taught throughout the academic year.

Basque: This course will only be taught for one semester of your stay and, as the regular Spanish course, it will be worth 6 ECTS. It will be taught from September to December in the first semester and from February to May in the second.

Both the Spanish and Basque courses will be part of your undergraduate programme of study and your enrolment. Therefore, they will appear on your transcript.

Course Approval Process
All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college course approval contact as listed in the link below. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the Course Approval Form. Please visit Course Approval Process web page to review the approval process and print a Course Approval Form.  

Grades and Credit Transfer:
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution—this is a 5 out of 10 at the Universidad de Deusto. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution. 

Full Time Status: 
You are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits while abroad. This program runs on the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System). 2 ECTS credits typically count for 1 US credit. A course worth 6 ECTS will transfer back to Marquette as 3 US credits. 


Students are housed in off-campus apartments. These are shared with other students.


Please regard the above "Budget Sheets" link


San Sebastian is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located on the Bay of Biscay, the San Sebastian coast and its surrounding environment (where the sea and mountain merge) are wonderful places to visit. The bay, with La Concha beach and the artistic sculpture called El Peine del Viento (the Wind's Comb) by sculptor Eduardo Chillida and architect Peña Ganchegui, are its main landmarks. The city's urban development is based on painstaking protection of its green areas and parks. Most key places of interest can be easily reached on foot, strolling along its promenades and pedestrian walkways, or by bike along a network of 'bidegorris' (cycle lanes).

San Sebastian is a cultural and artistic center with a wide range of services and congresses. The Kursaal is the main venue for the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the only Spanish film festival of such a high standard and one of the most prestigious in Europe, held in September every year. The 'Jazzaldia' or Jazz Festival and the 'Musical Fortnight' music festival are some of its most important cultural events. The city's main traditional feast, known as the 'Tamborrada', is held on the night of the 19th to 20th January every year.

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