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  • Locations: Bilboa, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Business, Film, History, Literature, Psychology, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


Bilbao SpainClasses in API's Spanish Language and Culture Program in Bilbao Spain are designed for international students who want to increase their Spanish language proficiency in an immersive setting. Students choose courses from the following disciplines: Spanish language, Hispanic and Basque culture, Spanish civilization, literature, and more.

Additional opportunities:
API students at Deusto have the exciting opportunity to participate in the Tandem Program, which facilitates intercultural exchange by matching full-time Spanish students with recently arrived study abroad students. It is a program with mutual benefits! The local Spanish students are eager to spend time with their API conversation partner and show them around Bilbao, and the API students are encouraged to integrate with local students and learn more about Spanish life, both inside and out of the university setting.


Courses and Credits

 A student’s Spanish level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Deusto. Students can take up to 15 credits per semester and can add additional courses, internships, and practicums for an extra fee.

Students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two classes per semester with Spanish students. These classes are taught in Spanish and English. Students at all levels can enroll in classes with Spaniards that are taught in English as long as students meet the course prerequisites. However, API students must place into level Spanish III or higher in order to be eligible to enroll in classes with Spaniards that are taught in Spanish.
COURSE APPROVAL PROCESS: If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair.  Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that many courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


HOMESTAYS: Students in the program are housed with local families. Housing includes meals and laundry. 


Merrimack students attending API's Spanish Language and Culture program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, housing, and international insurance for the term.

2018-2019 Fees include:
Total Global Semester costs:  $24,830

Students are responsible for their application fees to the program as well as any refundable security &/or damage deposits.
BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

International Airfare:  $1,100
Local Transportation: $300
Books & Supplies: $250
Visa fees: $160
Personal: $2,800


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by Friday, March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with API's online application.

API's Application deadline for Fall 2018, April 1, 2018.